Everybody Matters

Everybody Matters

My Life Giving Voice

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One of the most inspiring women of our age, Mary Robinson has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world, becoming a powerful and influential voice for human rights around the globe. Displaying a gift for storytelling and remembrance, Robinson reveals, in Everybody Matters , what lies behind the vision, strength, and determination that made her path to prominence as compelling as any of her achievements.

Born in 1944 into a deeply Catholic family-the only girl among five childrenshe was poised to become a nun before finding her own true voice.Ever since, she has challenged convention in pursuit of fairness-whether in the Church, in government and politics, or in her own family.

As an activist lawyer, she won landmark cases advancing the causes of women and marginalized people against the prejudices of the day, and in her twenty years in the Irish Senate she promoted progressive legislation, including the legalizing of contraception. She shocked the political system by winning election as Irelands first woman president in l990, redefining the role and putting Ireland firmly on the international stage. Her role as UN high commissioner for human rights, beginning in 1997, was to prove an even bigger challenge; she won acclaim for bringing attention to victims worldwide but was often frustrated both by the bureaucracy and by the willingness to compromise on principle, which reveal the deep and inherent barriers to changing the status quo. Now back in Ireland and heading her Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, she has found the independence she needs to work effectively on behalf of the millions of poor around the world most affected by climate change.

Told with the same calm conviction and modest pride that has guided her life, Everybody Matters will inspire anyone who reads it with the belief that each of us can, in our own way, help to change the world for the better.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780802779649
Branch Call Number: 941. 70824 ROB R
Characteristics: viii, 322 pages, 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Tessa 1972-- Author

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ChristchurchLib May 21, 2013

"Mary Robinson, who was the first woman President of Ireland, began to rebel against her family's expectations from an early age. As she grew up, she made several unusual choices on her way to earning a degree in law and dedicating her career to social reform. She specialised in the civil rights of women and of marginalised citizens before serving in the Irish legislature. After her term as Ireland's President, she worked as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. In Everybody Matters, Robinson eloquently presents an account of her life in terms of the ideal of human rights that has guided her since her youth." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635358

LaughingOne Apr 28, 2013

Mary Robinson did spend her life giving voice to those not being heard. I liked reading about her youth and seeing some of the things that happened that helped her develop into the woman she became. This is a woman I respect and want to emulate.

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