Robin Morgan

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Robin Morgan (born January 29, 1941) is an American poet, author, political theorist and activist, journalist, lecturer, and former child actor. Since the early 1960s she has been a key radical feminist member of the American Women’s Movement, and a leader in the international feminist movement. Her 1970 anthology Sisterhood is Powerful has been widely credited with helping to start the contemporary feminist movement in the US, and was cited by the New York Public Library as ‘One of the 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century.’ She has written more than 20 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and is also known as the editor of Ms. magazine. During the 1960s, she participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements; in the late 1960s she was a founding member of radical feminist organizations such as New York Radical Women and W.I.T.C.H. She founded or co-founded the Feminist Women’s Health Network, the National Battered Women’s Refuge Network, Media Women, the National Network of Rape Crisis Centers, the Feminist Writers’ Guild, the Women’s Foreign Policy Council, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Sisterhood Is Global Institute,, and Greenstone Women’s Radio Network. She also co-founded the Women’s Media Center with activist Gloria Steinem and actor/activist Jane Fonda. … By 1962 Morgan had become active in the anti-war Left, and had also contributed articles and poetry to such Left-wing and counter-culture journals as Liberation, Rat, Win, and The National Guardian. In the 1960s she became increasingly involved in social-justice movements, notably the civil-rights and anti-Vietnam war. In early 1967, she was active in the Youth International Party (known in the media as the ‘Yippies’), with Abbie Hoffman and Paul Krassner. However, tensions over sexism within the YIP (and the New Left in general) came to a head when Morgan grew more involved in Women’s Liberation and contemporary feminism. In 1967, Morgan became a founding member of the short-lived New York Radical Women group. She was the key organizer of their September 1968 inaugural protest of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. … Morgan designed the universal symbol of the women’s movement––the female symbol, a circle with a cross beneath, centered with a raised fist. The Oxford English Dictionary also credits her with first using the term ‘herstory‘ in print in her 1970 anthology Sisterhood is Powerful. …”
NY Times: Celebrating Global Feminism With Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan
Robin Morgan

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