Rose Summerfield

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Rose Anna Summerfield (18 April 1864 – 14 April 1922) also known as Rose Cadogan or Rose Hummer,Hearn, M. , Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, Melbourne University Press, 2005, pp 373-374. was a radical Australian feminist and labour activist.

Rose was born in Middleton Creek, Victoria; her father was Polish and her mother Irish. In 1886 she married Henry Lewis Summerfield, the moved to Waverly in Sydney and had one son in 1887. Summerfields political activities began in 1886 when she joined in Australasian Secularist Association, her interests included socialism, temperance and women's rights. In the early 1890s she began writing political pieces for the Democrat, the Liberator, the Northern People, the Hummer and its successor, the Worker (Sydney). By 1892 she was the most prominent organiser of working women in Sydney and in August of that year established a women's division of the Australian Workers' Union.

On 17 July 1892 she delivered her most famous lecture to a Sunday evening meeting of the Australian Socialist League at Leigh House. In Master and Man, which she also called 'the gospel of discontent' she described the place of the employer and workers under colonial capitalism, and how that would change is rights were afforded to workers. The piece has been described as an expression of narrative identity, identifying her subjective sense of self and alienation with the...
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