Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne and educated in Australia and at Cambridge University. Her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), took the world by storm and remains one of the most influential texts of the feminist movement. Greer has had a distinguished academic career in Britain and the USA. She makes regular appearances in print and other media as a broadcaster, journalist, columnist and reviewer. Since 2001 she has been involved in rehabilitating sixty hectares of subtropical rainforest in south-east Queensland; in 2011 she set up Friends of Gondwana Rainforest, a UK charity, to help in financing that and similar projects. In January 2018, Greer was named Australian of the Year in Britain.
Although she studies the literature of early modern English, she is best known for her work in twentieth century feminism. Her ideas about gender and sexuality have provoked controversy since the release of her 1970 book The Female Eunuch. Some of Germaine Greer's other works are titled Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause, and Shakespeare's Wife.