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Professor Germaine Greer
, 1999

by Polly Borland

type C photograph (sheet: 44.6 x 58.7 cm, image: 39.4 x 49.6 cm)

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'.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2001
Accession number: 2001.59