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Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Author & Co-Founder, Ms. Magazine

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Co-founder of Ms. Magazine Letty Cottin Pogrebin on her successful early career and how writing a book led her to the feminist philosophy that would change the course of her life. 
Women's activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a founding editor of Ms. magazine, co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, and the author of 10 books.   A graduate without a husband to support her like she'd imagined by the ripe old age of 19, Pogrebin dove into the life of a career in publishing. She pushed through the endless harassment to a high level executive position.   Soon after publishing her first book "How to Make it in a Man's World," a humorous guide to making it in a male-dominated world, Pobgrebin was introduced to the feminist ideals of the women's movement and never looked back. Finally married by 24, Pogrebin's husband joined her cause.   Enlightened by her consciousness raising group, Pogrebin moved to action in the early seventies. She helped to found and organize the first National Women's Political Caucus and the groundbreaking Ms. magazine whose aim was to bring the movement into a magazine. Despite initial backlash, Ms. successfully brought the women's movement into the hands of women who may have never been able to participate.   Today Pogrebin remains a strong voice of activism as she continues to write and contribute to a wide variety of publications.

More From Letty Cottin

Two Sides of Betty Friedan
Pogrebin talks about Betty Friedan as the essential leader of the feminist movement but also the attributes that isolated her from the movement.

The "Click" Moment
Pogrebin talks about when she realized she was attempting to meet an ideal she no longer believed in.

Radical Ideas, Conventional Life
Pogrebin on how she was able to educate women on feminism as an accessible, middle-ground feminist.

A Pregnant Executive
Pogrebin talks about how she felt most powerful at nine months pregnant while working as an executive at a publishing company.

"Mad Men Squared"
Pogrebin on what she and other women had to put up with within the workplace to succeed before sexual harassment was defined. 

Faking "It"
Pogrebin talks about sex before the women's movement.  

Abortions Before Roe v. Wade
Pogrebin discusses the horror story dangers of backroom abortions before they became legal and her own personal story of becoming pregnant.

The Pill Freed Us
Pogrebin on how the Pill freed women to make not only sexual decisions, but life decisions.

Twelve Women
Pogrebin talks about her consciousness raising group, what she learned from the openness of the women, and how it allowed for roots of a larger movement. 

Letters to Ms. Magazine
Pogrebin describes the letters sent into Ms. magazine and how the magazine was able to give women who were not heard a voice.

Finally Married at 24
Co-founder of Ms. Magazine Letty Pogrebin talks about how she bought into the ideals of marriage but had to dive into a career to support herself.

The Backlash
Pogrebin talks about how the women's movement underestimated the power and organization of the conservative movement against them.