by Sandra Lousada
archival pigment print, 1970
15 7/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (402 mm x 302 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- Germaine Greer (1939-), Writer and broadcaster; Professor of English and Comparative Studies. Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait was a magazine commission, to photograph eleven well known subjects in the context of their hair styles, and included Mary Hopkin, Patrick Lichfield, Margaret Thatcher and newsreader Leonard Parkin. Lousada photographed Greer in the year that her classic text The Female Eunuch was first published, and while Greer was lecturing at Warwick University (1967-72).
Events of 1970back to top
Current affairsEdward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.
Art and scienceGermaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.
InternationalFour aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.