Greer, Germaine

Greer, Germaine, 1939–, Australian feminist and writer. She moved to England (1964), studied at Cambridge (Ph.D, 1968), and taught (1967–73) at the Univ. of Warwick. Her book The Female Eunuch (1970), an analysis of attitudes toward women and a call for an end to sexual repression, made her a leading 20th-century spokeswoman for feminism. Her other books, nearly all concerned with some aspect of women's work or experience, include The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work (1979, repr. 2001), The Change: Women, Aging, and the Menopause (1992), The Whole Woman (1999), and Shakespeare's Wife (2007). Late in life Greer developed an interest in environmentalism, which is reflected in White Beech (2014), her chronicle of restoring a section of Australian rainforest.

See biography by E. Klienhenz (2019).

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