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Women’s rights advocate Germaine Greer visits Iceland

The Australian women’s rights advocate Germaine Greer is visiting Iceland. She will be the keynote speaker at a conference called “Social Networks – Power to Women” which will be held at Bifröst School of Business June 1-2.

Greer was one of the leaders of the women’s rights movement of last century. According to Morgunbladid, her book “The Female Eunuch”, published in 1969, influenced the movement for women’s rights.

In an interview with Morgunbladid, Greer said that women increasingly lived in a world of “big business” which changed them but on which they had no influence. She said that women should be asked if they were content with adjusting to this state of affairs.

“The situation in the UK is similar to Iceland,” said Greer. “There are many single mothers who are torn because they are worried about not performing at work and also about not caring adequately for their children. But they are too tired to deal with their children’s upbringing. They got rid of their husband because he cost them too much energy. And they are also lonely,” said Greer.

When asked if women had reached the objectives set by the women’s rights campaigners of the 20th century, Greer responded that it depended on how one defined the objectives. Some women had gained seats on board of multinational companies, “but I never fought for that,” said Greer, “we wanted women to have the opportunity to enrich their lives.”

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