Famous feminist booked to speak at Leeds women’s lunch

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Famous feminist Germaine Greer has been booked as headline speaker at a conference in Leeds to mark International Women’s Day.

The well-known author of the 1970s bestseller The Female Eunuch will speak at the event held at The Lunch Club on March 7.

Thought of as the woman who defined feminism in the 20th century, Germaine Greer still has much to say on the topic of the inequalities of women.

In a recent talk at Ilkley Literary Festival, she reflected on how during the past 40 years, women seem to have “disappeared”. She said at each stage of their lives - as they become wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother - women become less visible, and suggested ideas for improvement. Joining her at the lunch will be Karyn McCluskey, now co-director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, who has worked at the sharp end of policing for over 15 years in various forces - achieving success in a tough, male-dominated environment.

The third speaker will be successful journalist and author Lady Kishwar Desai. The lunch has been organised by Forward Ladies, the business support organisation for professional women and is held in partnership with Yorkshire Asian Business Association.

Linda Barlow, managing director of Forward Ladies said: “We have three very successful women from very different backgrounds who have championed the role of professional women, each in their own way.

“Our members and their guests will be very keen to have the opportunity to talk to them and to hear any advice they have to offer to help them to achieve their full potential.”

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Visit http://www.forwardladies.com.

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