- 10 October 1942
Maroubra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Parliamentarian and Educator
Susan Ryan was appointed the first Labor Senator for the Australian Capital Territory, in 1975. In the Federal Parliament she was the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister Bob Hawke on the Status of Women 1983-88 and the Minister for Education, 1984-87. She presided over the passage of the federal government's Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunities in Employment) Act 1986. She later worked in the plastics industry, and in superannuation.
In July 2011 she was appointed to the newly created position of Age Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission.