Germaine Greer (b.1939) is the author of a basic text of the feminist revolution, The Female Eunuch (1971), which examines the ways in which passivity in women has been encouraged. Born in Melbourne and educated at Melbourne and Sydney Universities, Greer has not lived in Australia since the sixties, but she remains one of the country's best-known expatriates. For nearly thirty years she has been an international academic and media personality and a truculent spokesperson on women's issues. Her autobiography, Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, was published in 1989, and a stinging biography, Germaine Greer: Untamed Shrew was released in 1999. Greer's book The Change (1991) argues that in Western society, the menopause can represent a significant turning point in a woman's life. Its final chapter is called 'Serenity and Power'.
Accession number: 2001.59
More about the artist and subject
Magazine article, Portrait 6
Polly Borland's photograph of The Queen was commissioned by Buckingham Palace as part of a series of high profile celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee.
Magazine article, Portrait 5
Confide in Me
This article examines the photographic portraiture of Polly Borland.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.