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Everybody Matters

My Life Giving Voice

By Mary Robinson, 1944-

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.




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Format: Book
Author: Robinson, Mary, 1944-
Title: Everybody matters : my life giving voice / Mary Robinson ; with Tessa Robinson.
Publisher Date: New York : Walker & Company, 2013.
Subject: Robinson, Mary, 1944- Presidents -- Ireland -- Biography Women presidents -- Ireland -- Biography. Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1949-
Isbn: 9780802779649 0802779646
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Call Number: B Robinson
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Format: Book
Author: Robinson, Mary, 1944-
Title: Everybody matters : my life giving voice / Mary Robinson ; with Tessa Robinson.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Walker & Company, 2013.
Description: viii, 322 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Subjects: Robinson, Mary, 1944-
Subjects: Presidents -- Ireland -- Biography
Subjects: Women presidents -- Ireland -- Biography.
Subjects: Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1949-
Other Author: Robinson, Tessa, 1972-
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Beginnings -- In Transition -- Finding My Voice -- Broadening My Horizon -- Ploughing My Own Furrow -- Looking Beyond Our Borders -- Balancing Family and Work -- Windows of Change -- A President with a Purpose -- The Smell of Fresh Paint -- Hope and History -- Neither Fish nor Fowl -- Boldly and Duly -- Bearing Witness -- Into the Crucible -- When the Dust Settled -- Realizing Rights in Practice -- Being an Elder -- Connecting the Global and the Local.
LCCN: 2012029250
ISBN: 9780802779649
ISBN: 0802779646
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Call Number: B Robinson