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Germaine Greer

b. 1939

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 media personality and truculent spokesperson on women's issues. Her autobiography, Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, was published in 1989. A work she published in 1991 argues that in Western society, the menopause is a significant turning point in a woman's life. Its final chapter is called 'Serenity and Power'.

Updated 2018