I. Education

Birkbeck College, University of London, 1964-68: Graduate study in 17th and 18th Century English literature, all but dissertation
Brandeis University, B.A. 1964, magna cum laude, with honors in English
Milwaukee public school system, Whitefish Bay High School, 1960
II. Honors
Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975, ed. Barbara Love, University of Illinois Press,2006
Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution, Jewish Women’s Archive, 2005

Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, 2004

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship
Fulbright Fellowship
Phi Beta Kappa
National Merit Scholarship
National Honor Society
III. Publications

Editor, Night School Voices (New York: Night School Press, 2009, 2011)
Editor, with Nadezdha Azhigkhina, The Power of the Word II: Women’s Voices and the New European Order (New York and Moscow: Women’s WORLD, 2000); translated into Russian and Serbo-Croatian
The Power of the Word: Culture, Censorship, and Voice (New Delhi: Women's WORLD, 1995); translated into Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and ten Indian languages; reprinted in Jael Silliman and Ynestra King, eds., Dangerous Intersections: Feminist Perspectives on Population, Environment, and Development (Boston: South End Press, 1999)
Union Square (New York: William Morrow, 1988; London: Virago, 1990 [under the title Passionate Women]; New York: Avon, 1990; University of Illinois Press, 2001)
Rivington Street (New York: William Morrow, 1982; New York: Jove, 1983; London: Heineman, 1983; New York: Avon, 1990; University of Illinois Press, 2001)
Families, illustrated by Marilyn Hafner (Boston: Atlantic–Little Brown, 1981; New York: The Feminist Press, 1996; Familias [Spanish translation], New York: The Feminist Press, 1998)
The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917 (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1980; University of Illinois Press, 2001, with a new introduction)

Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Daily Life, (Boston: New England Free Press, 1970); excerpted in Notes from the Second Year, 1970; Liberation News Service, 1970; Burton J. Fishman, ed. Viewpoints (New York: St. Martin’s Press,1971); Roberta Salper, ed., Female Liberation (New York: Alfred E. Knopf, 1972); Anne Koedt, Ellen Levine, and Anita Rapone, eds., Radical Feminism (Chicago: Quadrangle Press, 1973); Barbara A. Crow, ed., Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader (New York: NYU University Press, 2000)

Selected Articles

"Working-class lives, in writing," Comment Is Free,, Mar. 8, 2011


“Egypt, Madison, Abortion Rights,” Dissent, Mar. 8, 2011,


“Run, Friends, the Old World is Behind You,” Dissent, Feb. 21, 2011,

"Rights, not righteousness," Comment Is Free,, Dec. 20, 2010.
"Women have human rights, too," Comment Is Free,, Dec. 13, 2010
“Ministry of Pain,” review, Women’s Review of Books, Jan., 2007
“Women’s Voices,” op ed, The Nation, Sept. 15, 2003
“Taslima's Pilgrimage,” review, The Nation, Nov. 18, 2002
“In the Year of Harry Potter, Enter the Dragon,” review, The Nation, Jan. 28, 2002
‘“Don’t Censor Yourself!” Lilith, Winter 2001
“Women’s WORLD: A Transnational Network of Women Writers: The Targeting of Feminist Writers,” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, II.1, 2001
“Ten Days After the World Trade Center Attack,” published in newspapers in Finland, Swaziland, Turkey, November, 2001
“Not In Our Name,” op ed, The Nation, June 4, 2001
“The Pebble and the Lake,” in The Power of the Word II: Women’s Voices and the New European Order, ed. Nadezdha Azhgikhina and Meredith Tax (Moscow and New York: Women’s WORLD, 2000)
“Aboard the Balkan Express,” review, The Nation, Dec. 13, 1999
“World Culture War,” The Nation, May 17, 1999; reprinted in Nothing Sacred: Women Respond to Religious Fundamentalism and Terror, ed. Betsy Reed (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press/The Nation Books, 2002)
“Red Diaper Babies,” review, Women’s Review of Books, Apr., 1999
“For the People Hear Us Singing, ‘Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!’” in The Feminist Memoir Project, ed. Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow (New York: Crown, 1998)
“Pataki's Army Goes Onward to SUNY,” op ed, Newsday, Nov. 16, 1998
“The NGO Forum,” Hong Kong Journal of Gender Studies, Spring, 1996
"Beijing Backlash," symposium in The Nation, Sept. 11, 1995
"My Son Can't Read," Parents, Sept., 1995
"The U.N. and Women," op ed, The Nation, Mar. 11, 1995
“Human Rights, Women’s Rights, and Women Writers: Some Questions of Policy,” Pro-Femina (Belgrade), I.1, Spring, 1995
“Keep Censors Out of School Libraries,” Parents, Apr., 1995
"My Censorship––and Ours," The Nation, Mar. 4, 1995
"What Good is a Smart Girl?" in Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters, ed. Faye Moscowitz (Boston: Beacon Press, 1994)
“I Write Because My Purpose is Education,” in Her Testimony: American Women Writers of the 90s, interviews by Aruna Sitesh (New Delhi: Affiliated East West Press, 1994)
“The Uprising of the Thirty Thousand,” in Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women’s History, Second Edition, ed. Ellen Carol DuBois and Vicki L. Ruiz (New York: Routledge, 1994)
"Stark Naked," review, The Nation, Mar. 8, 1993
"Five Women Who Won't Be Silenced," The Nation, May 10, 1993
"Thinking Locally, Acting Globally," Women's Review of Books, May, 1992
"Return of the Native Americans," review, VLS, Nov., 1991
"Follow the Reader," review, VLS, May, 1990
"A Purely Generic Existence," Women's Review of Books, July-Aug., 1989
“Tales from the Stoop and the Ballroom,” review, New York Time Book Review, July 9, 1989
"How Do We Learn to Imagine a Peace That Is More Than the Absence of War?" From Newspeak to Nukespeak (Llubljana: International PEN Writers for Peace Committee, 1989)
“Alice Takes a Chance,” review, New York Post Books, May 14, 1989
"March to a Crossroads on Abortion," The Nation, May 8, 1989; reprinted in The Nation 1865-1990, ed. Katrina vanden Heuvel (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1990)
“Raising Attila the Hun,” op ed, New York Times, Dec. 5, 1988
"The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Women's Liberation and the Left," Dissent, Fall, 1988
“A Contract on Stalin,” review, New York Times Book Review, May 22, 1988
“What the City Needs Now Is Some Mothering,” New York Observer, May 9, 1988
“Another Kind of Orthodoxy,” op ed, New York Newsday, Apr. 29, 1988
“Opinion,” New York Observer, Apr. 25, 1988
“Time to Save Children’s Lives,” New York Observer, Apr. 11, 1988
“Wisconsin Gothic,” Present Tense, Nov./Dec., 1987; reprinted in Beyond Gender and Geography: American Women Writers, Modern Short Stories, ed. Aruna Sitesh (New Delhi: Affiliated East West Press, 1994)
“Too Ecumenical,” review, New York Times Book Review, Sept. 7, 1986
"Speak, Memory," review, VLS, Mar., 1986
Introduction to Sherna Berger Gluck, From Parlor to Prison: Five American Suffragists Talk About Their Lives, (New York: New Feminist Library, Monthly Review Press, 1985)
"Pop Goes the Novel: Historical Fiction Seizes Power," VLS, Dec., 1985
"Feast and Famine," review, VLS, Dec., 1985
"Genre Benders," review, VLS, May, 1985
"Ancient Law, Modern Times: Jews and the Woman Question," Village Voice, Jan. 1, 1985
“Forgotten History,” review, American Book Review, July-Oct. 1984
"Learning How to Bake," Socialist Review, Jan.-Feb., 1984
"I Had Been Hungry All the Years," Between Women, ed. Carol Ascher, Sarah Ruddick, and Louise DeSalvo (Boston: Beacon Press, 1984; second edition, 1993); reprinted in Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women’s History, ed. Ellen Carol DuBois and Vicki L. Ruiz (New York: Routledge, 1990)
"Streetwise," review, Village Voice, Dec. 6, 1983
"Midwestern Original," review, The Nation, July 3, 1983
"Grandma Knows Best," VLS, June 1983
“The United Front of Women,” Monthly Review, Oct., 1980
“New Approaches to Childcare,” Columbia Today, June, 1977; reprinted by the UN International Year of the Child Secretariat, 1977
Over a hundred short reviews of historical and romance fiction in Kirkus Reviews, 1976-8
“There Was a Young Woman Who Swallowed a Lie,” song, recorded by Pete Seeger on Pete Seeger Singalong (1980) and Banks of Marble (1984); text published in David F. Wrench, Psychology: A Social Approach (New York: McGraw Hill, 1972), The Liberated Woman’s Appointment Calendar, 1972; Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women's Liberation Movement, ed. Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon (New York: Basic Books, 2000)
"Culture Is Not Neutral," in Radical Perspectives in the Arts, ed. Lee Baxandall (New York: Penguin, 1972); reprinted in Classic Philosophical Questions, ed. James A. Gould (Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill, 1975)
“Women’s Songs,” Sing Out!, Jan.-Feb., 1971; reprinted in Pouring Down Words, ed. Suzette Haden Ellis (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975)
"Radical Fiction," review, Ramparts, May, 1971
“Anniversary of an Atrocity: The Ludlow Massacre,” Liberation News Service, May 6, 1970
"Sexual Politics," review, Ramparts, Nov., 1970
“Conditions of Working Women in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” Women: A Journal of Liberation, II.3, 1970

IV. Employment and Organizational Work


Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College Workers’ Education Center, Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY, Spring 2009-present       

This is a BA and MA program for city and healthcare workers, supported by their unions. I taught two writing courses, “Writing Human Rights,” and “Urban Voices,” a memoir-writing course resulting in the publication of two books.

President and CEO, Women’s WORLD, 1994-2009
As President of Women’s WORLD (Women’s World Organization for Rights, Literature, and Development), a global free speech network of women writers founded in September, 1994, I was principally responsible for putting together its board, developing its international programs and structure, hiring staff, and writing grants to such donors as the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. I also did international liaison, support, and coordination for regional programs and networks in Africa, India, Latin America and the former Soviet Union. In the course of this work, I
•            Wrote and edited The Power of the Word: Culture, Censorship and Voice, the first systematic examination of the relationship between gender and censorship, subsequently translated into Japanese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and ten Indian languages
•            Organized a Women’s WORLD delegation of writers from Russia, the Philippines, Peru and the U.S to the U.N. Conference on Women in 1995 in Beijing, where we held meetings with Chinese writers, gave two workshops, and presented The Power of the Word
•            Organized the first world conference on gender and censorship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s center in Bellagio in 1996, with participation by writers from Argentina, Belarus, Chile, Egypt, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and the United States
•            Organized a series of Southern African workshops and meetings in August, 1998, to initiate an African women writers’ network, including two workshops and two dinner meetings at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, and informal meetings in Cape Town, South Africa
•            Organized a European team meeting in Bellagio in February, 1999, from which came our second book, The Power of the Word II: Women’s Voices and the New European Order, edited by me and Nadezdha Azhigkhina, and published simultaneously in English, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian
•            Developed organizational relationships with Women’s WORLD affiliates in Argentina, Brazil, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Peru, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, and Uganda
•            Initiated and supported a writing workshop in 2000 for members of FEMRITE, a Ugandan women writers’ organization, to enable them to raise their level of literary skill with the help of Ghanaian master teacher Ama Ata Aidoo
•            Wrote, edited, and supervised the design of Women’s WORLD’s international website,, which went up in 2000 and featured feminist political writing from around the globe, including frequently updated sections on “The Crisis” and “Voices for Peace in Israel and Palestine”
•            Designed and administered the first Women’s WORLD global writing contest, “Women’s Voices in War Zones,” in 2003, which drew entries from 290 writers in 45 countries and three refugee camps
•            Planned and organized Women’s WORLD public events, including a 1998 panel on women and ethnic war at the Interchurch Center, two panels at the City University in 2000, an awards event for winners of our 2003 writing contest at the Puffin Room, and a panel on “Globalization, Fundamentalism, and Women at the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival
•            Spoke at international conferences and meetings in Brazil, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the U.S.
•            Organized defense and support campaigns for a number of threatened writers, many of whom were forced into exile, including Kawther Salaam (Palestine/Austria), Sarah Mkhonza (Swaziland/U.S.), Patricia McFadden (Swaziland/Zimbabwe), Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus/France), Taslima Nasrin (Bangladesh/Sweden), Lydia Cacho (Mexico), Malihe Magazhei (Iran)
I also worked on several university-based programs to strengthen women’s voices in the U.S.:
•            A collaboration with the Women’s Studies Department at SUNY New Paltz on a 1998 conference about gender and censorship, organized in response to censorship attempts by the state legislature
•            A creative writing workshop for women in the Welfare Rights Organization at Hunter College, 1999-2000, culminating in a reading and pamphlet publication
•            A week of activities at Smith College in 2003, involving writers from the U.S. and Southern Africa, and culminating in an event entitled “Spoken but not Heard: Democracy, Feminism, and the Challenge of Gender-Based Censorship”

Board and Executive Committee member, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, 2002-2003         
This was a national organization of American Jews advocating a two state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, along the lines of the 1947 borders, founded in the spring of 2002.  In 2010, Brit Tzedek merged with J Street, forming the base of its membership group.

Founding Chair, International PEN Women Writers’ Committee (IPPWC), 1991-1994

As founding Chair of the IPWWC, I organized a two year campaign to win acceptance from the Assembly of International PEN; developed feminist anti-censorship defense work focused on international cases with a strong gender component, such as those of Taslima Nasrin and the “Five Croatian Witches;” and planned readings and panels for PEN Congresses, emphasizing women’s literary contributions.
Founding Co-chair, Women’s Committee, Board Member, Vice-president and Executive Committee Member, PEN American Center, 1986-1998
Following a meeting protesting the under-representation of women speakers at the 1986 International PEN Congress in New York, Grace Paley and I organized a Women’s Committee and co-chaired it for the next two years. I was elected to PEN’s Executive Board in 1987, and served on it until 1998, and was a Vice President and Executive Committee member 1989-1991.
Parent Steering Committee, West Side Community School, 1991-1994
The West Side Community School was an alternative public elementary school, located in District 3. As one of its parent initiators, I put together the proposal to the Community School Board, worked closely with a core group of parents and teachers, and raised grant money to put a parent coordinator onsite.
Founding Co-chair, CARASA (Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse), 1977-1981
CARASA was a pioneering reproductive rights organization, founded in 1977 to fight the Hyde amendment and the problem of sterilization abuse. I was a founding member and co-chair, did a lot of its public speaking, and was active in forming the Reproductive Rights National Network, a national coalition with the same program, in 1979.
Associate Professor in American Studies, SUNY Old Westbury, 1979-1980
I taught courses in writing and literature.
Teaching Adjunct, District Council 37/Hofstra University Institute of Applied Social Sciences, 1978-1979
I taught a basic writing course in this worker education program.
Teaching Adjunct, Women’s Studies, Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1978-1979
I taught a senior seminar in women’s studies.
Editorial Board, New Feminist Library of Monthly Review Press, 1978-1985
I was a founding member of the editorial board of this book-publishing project, initiated by feminist writers and scholars in memory of Sarah Eisenstein (1946-1978). We edited eight books.
Associate Editor, Columbia Today, 1977-1978
This was the alumni magazine of Columbia University.
Weekly book reviewer, Kirkus Reviews, 1976-1978
I reviewed hundreds of gothic and romance novels.
Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, 1972-1974
The Chicago Women’s Liberation Union was a progressive feminist organization with considerable influence. I was active in its outreach efforts to working women, and helped organize a 1973 coalition for a Women’s Day “March for Women’s Equality and Economic Justice.”
Bread & Roses, 1969-1972
Bread & Roses was a pioneering progressive feminist organization in Boston. As one of its founding group, my work included organizing in 1969 the first International Women’s Day demonstration in Boston in over thirty years. I also did public speaking, and initiated a number of specific programs to do outreach to working women, including a support committee for the General Electric strike of 1969, in which equal pay was an issue and a 1971 conference for women office workers

Lecturer in English, Brandeis University 1968-1969
This was a one year replacement position. I taught Humanities 1, English Composition, and 18th Century English literature.

IV. Selected Public Speaking

(last fifteen years only)
2011    "Jewish Feminism and Secular Space," Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity Conference, New York University
2010    “Writing and Women’s Rights,” Sarah Lawrence
2009    “Strike of the 20,000,” New York Labor History Association, Tamiment Library, New York University, New York, NY           
2008    “Gender-Based Censorship,” University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru
            “Why We Need a Feminist Left,” Centro de Flora Tristan, Lima, Peru
            “Intergenerational Feminism,” New School University, New York, NY
            “What Would a Feminist Left Look Like,” Left Forum, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2007    “The International Work of Women’s WORLD,” Women’s WORLD-India Conference, New Delhi, India
            Feminist Memoir Project panel, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2006    Reading from Rivington Street, Yeshiva University Museum Exhibit on Women and the Garment Industry, Yeshiva University, New York, NY
            “Gender and Censorship,” Union of Russian Women Journalists Conference, Moscow, Russia            
2005    “How Does Culture Change,” Association of Women in Development Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
2004    “Writing and Globalization,” Yari Yari Black Women Writers Dissenting Globalization Conference, New York University, New York, NY
2003    “Feminist Print Culture,” Why We Write Conference, Columbia University, New York, NY
            “Women Writing in War Zones,” Puffin Room, co-sponsored by Women’s WORLD and The Nation
            “Spoken but Not Heard: Democracy, Feminism, and the Challenge of Gender-Based Censorship,” Kahn Panel, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
2002    “From Rivington Street to Union Square,” Downtown Writers Center, YMCA, Syracuse, NY           
            “Historical Fiction,” CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
            “Gender-based Censorship and World Crisis,” Association of Women in Development Conference, Guadalajara, Mexico
            Onstage interview with Taslima Nasrin, Asia Society, New York, NY
2001     Reading at the Medicine Show Theater, New York, NY
2000     “Between Silencing and Structural Adjustment,” Women’s WORLD panel, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
1999      Keynote, Women’s WORLD European Conference, Rockefeller Foundation Conference  Center, Bellagio, Italy
            “Organizing Against Gender-Based Censorship,” Associazione Orlando, Bologna, Italy
            “Gender-Based Censorship,” Zimbabwe International Book Fair, Harare, Zimbabwe
            “Gender and Censorship,” Yari Yari Black Women Writers and the Future Conference, New York University, New York, NY
1998    “Women and Ethnic War,” UN Interchurch Center
            “Silencing Women: Voices of Resistance” SUNY New Paltz Women’s Studies Conference, New Paltz, NY
1997     “Women Organizing Internationally,” Seminar on Women and Society, Columbia University, New York, NY
1996      Keynote, First World Conference on Gender and Censorship, Rockefeller Foundation Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy
1995      “Gender and Censorship,” NGO Forum, UN Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China                                   
1995       “Books and Other Acts: Contemporary Women Writers and Social Change,” Dartmouth College





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