Germaine Greer

Australian writer and public intellectual (born 1939)

Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer, journalist and scholar of English literature. Many people think she is one of the most important feminists of the late 20th century.[1][2][3] She has written books like The Female Eunuch, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause and Shakespeare's Wife.

Germaine Greer in 2006

Early life change

Greer was born in 1939 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She went to a convent school, and later went to the University of Melbourne. She got a degree in English and French language and literature. She moved to Sydney, and became a lecturer at the University of Sydney. She got a Master's degree there, and then moved to Cambridge, England. She gained a doctorate degree (PhD) at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Views change

Greer's approach is different to that of some other feminists; she has defined her goal as 'women's liberation' instead of 'equality with men'. This is because she does not think women should want to be like men who also have problems in society.

References change

  1. Jardine, Lisa. Growing up with Greer, The Guardian, 7 March 1999.
  2. Bone, Pamela. "Western sisters failing the fight" Archived 2008-07-28 at the Wayback Machine, The Australian, 8 March 2007.
  3. "Germaine Greer," Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2007.