- Guest Author -
Today I welcome a very well known Australian woman - Germaine Greer.
Germaine Greer, an Australian born writer of English literature, was born on 29th January 1939 in Melbourne. She went to ‘Star of the Sea College’ in Gardenvale and was awarded a teaching scholarship in 1956. She enrolled in University of Melbourne and graduated with a degree in English, literature and French. Her academic career started with a lecturer post at the University of Sydney. Here she earned a master’s degree in romantic poetry. Her final thesis ‘The Development of Bryon’s Satiric Mode’ won a Commonwealth scholarship that she used for funding her PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Greer was a huge supporter of ‘women’s liberation’ which she explained was different than having equality with men. According to her, gender differences were to be defined in a positive manner and women should have the right to term their own principles. At Cambridge University she was a member of the all-women’s ‘Newnham College’.
Her first writing piece was a gardening column for the magazine ‘Private Eye’ that she wrote using the pen name ‘Rose Blight’. She edited various magazines such as ‘Oz’ and underground magazine ‘Suck’. She got her PhD on the thesis named ‘The Ethic of Love and Marriage in Shakespeare’s early comedies’ and started teaching at the University of Warwick in Coventry. Her first book ‘The Female Eunuch’ published in 1971 provoked some feminists of the time but nevertheless became a landmark in the women’s liberation movement. The book became very successful reaching enormous sales and got translated into many languages. Greer had to resign from her post in Warwick University wanting to spend most of her time in promoting her books.
Clancy's comment: Like her or not, I admire her activism and preparedness to speak out on issues that she feels strongly about. I think she may have dragged some men screaming into the 21st century. Good for her.