Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice

Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice

MaryRobinson / Dec 10, 2019

Everybody Matters My Life Giving Voice 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

  • Title: Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice
  • Author: MaryRobinson
  • ISBN: 9780802779649
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 compelOne 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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        Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the database.Mary Therese Winifred Robinson n e Bourke Irish M ire Bean Mhic R ib n served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002.


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    1. Rather like the woman herself, this book is estimable, intelligent, lucid. It charts a life of personal achievement, moral courage and empathy (as you might have gathered, I'm something of a fan). I suspect that her account of her term as President of Ireland might prove a little too discreet for many Irish readers - no dirt is dished (or not much!). It would have been interesting, for example, to have had a little more flavour of the atmosphere behind that famous inauguration photo where she si [...]


    2. This is an essential read for anyone who is interested in the social changes that have occurred in Ireland from the 1980's to now. Robinson became aware of human rights very early in her life as a school girl in Mayo. She comes across as a truly compassionate person, and not at all egotistical despite her accomplishments. Her descriptions of the United Nations gave me insight into how contentious things get in this in this institution. However, I don't want to go off on a tangent and take the fo [...]


    3. Its only a few times in my reading life I have felt how humanity can achieve greatness with integrity. Once with An evil Cradling by Brian Keenan and now with this. Fantastic and inspiring. Also a wonderful history of the changing face of Ireland from the 60's onwards. A deeply moving novel of honesty and courage in the tough world of bureaucrats and dictators with many faces. Thank you Mary for sharing your story. Top top book.


    4. I’d owned this book for a while before getting the chance to read it. Even as I glanced at it, waiting on my shelf, I was interested to find out how Ireland’s former president’s personal accounts would line up with what I’d previously heard about her. Based on what I thought I knew, I guessed that her autobiography would convey her experiences in a genuine and authentic way…that she would communicate in such a way that she could be “accessible” to me the reader. As I read the book, [...]


    5. I am a great admirer of Mary Robinson - more so now having read her book. One thing that struck me most is the influence she had on Irish society. It is my impression that had she not dedicated herself to human rights (and equality) and become our first woman president, I may have grown up in a different Ireland. I don't remember an Ireland where I was treated differently for being female. I always felt I had the same chances as any boy/man. In fact I never questioned this and I credit this at l [...]


    6. The first two thirds of the book were fascinating as Mary speaks of her struggles to challenge the restrictions around women in Ireland (including the legalisation of contraception), her political career and her surprising victory to became the first female Prime Minister.I found it a bit hard to follow a bit further in she described her role as High Commissioner of the UN and other key roles in supporting Human Rights around the world (written with a lawyer-ly approach to facts and figures!).Ho [...]


    7. Enjoyed having the views of a powerful woman who has dedicated her life to advancing human rights and who never seemed afraid to speak truth to power, even to the United States. I especially enjoyed the chapters on her work at the UN and as an elder. I was especially keen to hear her speak of the power of bearing witness, as often that is the role available to many of us at the grassroots level. Given that I am looking for inspiration for my personal fledging attempts to be more active in the ar [...]


    8. Amazing and inspiring!Mary Robinson writes about her life in a most thoughtful manner, her reflections are extensive and well worth reading. The premise of the book is one which drives straight to my heart as a believer in Christ and human worth as we are all made in the image of God and that's that "Everybody Matters". Mary Robinson has dedicated her life in a way that is challenging and inspiring to live this truth and make it a reality.It's amazing to go on a journey with her in the book from [...]


    9. This is an outstanding book. It is subtitled "A Memoir" and deals less with autobiography than with Mary Robinson's own beliefs and values and how she has tried to express them and work with them first in her legal and political careers and now as a highly-regarded female elder statesman. She acknowledges some of her failures but comes across as a remarkable person, well-grounded in her own family, but wanting to challenge out-dated systems and bring new life to them. Her commitment to the Irish [...]


    10. Some thoughts upon finishing it:1. Mary Robinson is undoubtedly an exceptionally intelligent woman with an exceptionally good heart. There were times when I was frustrated with her throughout the book, but I'm completely in awe of her intelligence, her fundamental decency, how she always spoke the truth and followed her conscience, even when doing so caused her trouble. Mary Robinson is undoubtedly a remarkable woman who has changed the world for the better. She, along with the president who suc [...]


    11. Everybody Matters. What a wonderful read, recommended by a friend. I had no idea of the impact that Mary Robinson has had on so many people and at so many levels. Her wish that this book would inspire those seeking to follow a dream or a passion has surely come to fruition. A very humble, though assertive look at human rights and her part in improving women's lot around the globe. Her rise to importance and influence was gradual and opportunistic in many ways, taking a calculated leap and then a [...]


    12. I read this after a friend recommended it and after I had visited Ireland this summer. I wish I had read it prior to my visit but that's ok. This is more than a story of a woman who was the President of Ireland. She is truly an extraordinary human being. And reading about her life thus far does make one feel a little inadequate as a person. Her passion for her country, changes for the betterment of not only a country but a nation is amazing. I realize how very protected my life has been and also [...]


    13. Won this in Giveaways - thanks!When reading autobiographies, I always keep in mind that the author is necessarily biased. Yet, I tried to find criticism of Mrs. Robinson (via google) and really didn't. She has had a remarkable life - and used the advantages she has had in life for the greater good. I was amazed by the Irish political system - the President is supposed to be non-political! How bizarre! She was able to have a symbolic role that she used to bring attention to oppressed groups, wit [...]


    14. I listened to this book from audible. Mary Robinson narrates the book herself. While I think she is a better public speaker than reader (her reading is a bit less dynamic than her speaking to a crowd), I really enjoyed the fact that I was listening to her lovely Irish lilt telling the story of her life. She is a very self-effacing person. She talks very candidly about her reservations and mistakes as well as why she approached things the way she did. What comes through most in this book is her l [...]


    15. Mary Robinson is an admirable woman with seemingly inexhaustible energy and this book details the concern for justice and equality for others that has driven her life. I found it interesting that her early efforts to make the lives of women easier in Ireland involved suing Ireland in the courts of the European Commission on Human Rights. Her chapter on her work as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was also interesting in that she had to balance telling the truth with not alienating the count [...]


    16. I liked the first half of this book--her growing up experience, college and law school, and campaigning for the presidency of Ireland. After she became president it was more of a chronology of her experiences and the powerful people she worked with across the world. Her work is very impressive but it would have been nice to hear more of the personal stories from her experiences. I didn't feel inspired after reading the book; I was exhausted. She is a pretty amazing person and a great speaker. Li [...]


    17. Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice is a book I won on the Giveaway contest. It took me a few weeks to get through it, only because I was tying the tails of my 2 recent releases and have little time for recreational reading.Mary Robinson is a poignant and elegant writer. Her words weave a fascinating story of the experiences she has endured in this powerful memoir.As the first female president of Ireland, Mary Robinson has left her indelible mark on history. But her courage and accomplishme [...]


    18. This was a DNF not because it was poorly written, or that the life of Mary Robinson doesn't matter, but because I just wasn't engaged by this memoir. That's not to say that every memoir or life's story has to be filled with humorous anecdotes or weird relatives! It's just that, while the role Ms. Robinson played in Ireland, and the one she continues to play in the human rights movement are important, it's not the most engaging of reads. The parts about Ireland in the 60s and her childhood were t [...]


    19. I remember being so excited when Mary Robinson became president of Ireland. Girl Power for real, for this Irish teenager back then. This autobiography was really well written, with plenty of humor, and I could hear Mrs. Robinson's voice narrating it the whole time. I greatly admire the many changes she fought for in Ireland. My opinion of her position with the UN human rights group has always been deeply marred by her attitude towards Israel, however in reading this book, one would have to belie [...]


    20. I won this ARC in a giveaway. This is a very straightforward autobiography of a rather remarkable woman-- the first female president of Ireland and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mrs. Robinson has had an amazing career and has been an outspoken champion of human rights - her book takes you along on her life's journey as she advocates and bears witness for the disenfranchised of the world.


    21. Past president of Ireland (first female in the position) who has dedicated herself to furthering human rights around the world. Interesting early life, breaking through lots of gender barriers with her smarts and drive. Tracking Robinson through her career path, I learned a little about how things work in the European Union courts, Irish government, and United Nations commissions. A respected presence for good in our world.


    22. It was interesting but I was a little disappointed. Too factual at some points as if the author is trying hard to get every name in and get every tiny detail correct. I skipped entire paragraphs that were meaningless except for that minutia I really wanted a better sense of her experience. I still don't understand the role of president in Ireland except to say that it's not very political. I might perhaps try a biography written by someone else.


    23. Its only a few times in my reading life I have felt how humanity can achieve greatness with integrity. Once with An evil Cradling by Brian Keenan and now with this. Fantastic and inspiring. Also a wonderful history of the changing face of Ireland from the 60's onwards. A deeply moving novel of honesty and courage in the tough world of bureaucrats and dictators with many faces. Thank you Mary for sharing your story. Top top book.


    24. I had to give this book 5* but am not sure if it's because of the greatness of the book or the greatness of the woman herself. A life dedicated to the pursuit of equality, fairness, justice, social justice in the real world - out there doing it! I was blown away. What a role model. I'd recommend this book to anyone wearily about the worries of the world.


    25. Mary Robinson did a lot for Ireland, especially Irish women, and for human rights. The book started off interesting, especially when she is detailing her childhood up until she becomes president. After that point, however, it became pretty tedious. I did learn a lot about Irish politics and legal system. So, overall it was worth reading.


    26. I was really excited to get this book as Robinson is a hero of mine. Unfortunately, it is a very traditional autobiography - I was hoping for more of her insight and thoughts on Human Rights and international conflicts. To understand Robinson's background and career this book would be a good introduction.


    27. Very interesting read. I only became aware of Mary Robinson when she became President of Ireland so it was very interesting to get an insight into her earlier achievements, as well as a better understanding of what followed. The book is eminently readable - not dry or turgid but very well written and nicely paced. Looking forward to the next installment!


    28. Good read, nicely written in a style that is clearly her's. Was a little disappointed by the fact that her presidency only took up two chapters of the book, and that the fascinating politics of the 1990s were barely referred to (no mention at all of the change of government that brought in the Rainbow Coalition, despite the fact that she must have been personally involved in the handover).


    29. This was a fantastic book written by a brave voice that should serve as an inspiration on many levels. This woman of privilege took the hard road in many ways: thankless public service and a thankless stint at the UN are mixed with personal triumphs like the Irish presidency and the establishment of her foundation. Yes, the policy detail is dense in some spots, but this is a very satisfying read!


    30. Started off interesting with her growing up in rural Ireland, and good through her time as president. Couldn't make it through the rest. Didn't agree with some of her opinions, but it wasn't that-- her book is not compelling like Sonia Sotomayor's bio was--and I didn't agree with her either on points.


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