Germaine Greer

Academic Writer
Born Jan 29, 1939

Germaine Greer was an Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, and a significant feminist voice of the later 20th century. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition.… Read More

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1939 Birth Born on January 29, 1939.
1943 4 Years Old Greer was raised in the suburb of Sandringham, near the beach, attending St Columba's Catholic Primary School in Elwood from February 1943, then Sacred Heart Parish School, Sandringham, and Holy Redeemer School, Ripponlea.


1952 13 Years Old In 1952 she won a scholarship to Star of the Sea College in Gardenvale, a convent school run by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; a school report called her "a bit of a mad-cap and somewhat erratic in her studies and in her personal responses." … Read More
1956 17 Years Old From 1956 she attended the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French language and literature. … Read More


1963 24 Years Old Her first teaching post was at the University of Sydney, where she earned a first-class Master of Arts degree in romantic poetry in 1963, for a thesis entitled The Development of Byron's Satiric Mode.
1964 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The thesis won her a Commonwealth Scholarship, which she used to fund her doctorate, arriving in 1964 at Newnham College, Cambridge, a women-only college. … Read More
1965 26 Years Old She was billed in 1965 as the first woman to be granted full membership.
1968 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Greer worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Warwick from 1968 to 1972, living at first in a rented bedsit in Leamington Spa.


1969 30 Years Old She received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1969 for a thesis entitled The Ethic of Love and Marriage in Shakespeare's Early Comedies.
1970 31 Years Old She began writing columns for Oz magazine, owned by Australian writer Richard Neville, whom she had met at a party in Sydney. The magazine's July 1970 edition, OZ 29, featured "Germaine Greer knits private parts," an article on the hand-knitted Keep it Warm Cock Sock, "a snug corner for a chilly prick." … Read More
1972 33 Years Old After leaving Warwick in 1972, Greer co-presented Nice Time, a Granada Television comedy show, with Kenny Everett and Jonathan Routh, bought a house in Italy, wrote a column for The Sunday Times, and travelled throughout Africa and Asia.
1973 34 Years Old In 1973 she debated William F. Buckley, Jr. at the Cambridge Union on the motion "This House Supports the Women's Liberation Movement." … Read More


1979 40 Years Old In 1979 Greer was appointed director of the Center of the Study of Women's Literature at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in 1981 founded the Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, an academic journal that highlights previously unknown women writers.


1989 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989 she became a fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, where she had completed her PhD. That year she founded Stump Cross Books, which publishes the work of 17th- and 18th-century women poets. … Read More
1990 51 Years Old Greer makes regular celebrity appearances on television, particularly in the UK. She appeared on the BBC's Have I Got News for You several times from 1990.
1998 59 Years Old In 1998 she wrote an episode, "Make Love not War," for the television documentary series Cold War, and sat for a nude photograph by the Australian photographer Polly Borland.


2006 - 2008 2 More Events
2013 74 Years Old The University of Melbourne announced in 2013 that it would house the archive of Greer's work, which includes letters from family, friends, colleagues and critics, filling over 150 filing cabinet drawers.
2014 75 Years Old The transfer of the archive from Greer's home in England began in July 2014; the university said it would raise A$3 million to fund the process. … Read More
2015 76 Years Old In 2015 students at Cardiff University in Wales petitioned to stop Greer from speaking to the university on "Women & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century", arguing that her views about transgender women were transphobic and misogynist. … Read More
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