Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Criminal and Taboo

Criminal and Taboo

More From Alix Kates

In this video

Shulman on what it was like to even talk about abortion and how her radical feminist group Redstockings held an abortion speak-out to give women, including herself, the opportunity to talk about their experiences.

Alix Kates's Biography

Raised In:Suburban Cleveland, Ohio.
Early Career Aspirations: "My father was a lawyer…and inspired me to want to be a lawyer too."
Undergraduate Studies:Earned a degree in history and went on to study philosophy in graduate school.
A Genuine Housewife:"I represented the people whose lives [the feminists] were talking for."

Alix Kates Shulman is a feminist activist and writer who has penned fourteen books including her bestselling novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, considered one of the first of its kind to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement. Her controversial 1969 essay "A Marriage Agreement" proposing that men and women split childcare and housework equally has been widely reproduced in magazines, anthologies and even a Harvard textbook on contract law.
 
Smitten with philosophy, Shulman moved to New York City following college to study at Columbia University Graduate School. After working as an encyclopedia editor for some years, Shulman eventually transitioned into a housewife, until she discovered the burgeoning women's movement. As a feminist activist Shulman became a member of early groups like New York Radical Women, Redstockings, and WITCH.
 
Shulman has been recognized and awarded for her writing and work by numerous organizations including the DeWitt Wallace/​Readers Digest Fellowship, the American Academy in Rome, the PEN American Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy. In 2000 she received the Woman 2000 Trailblazer Award from the Mayor of Cleveland.

Related Videos

Ellie Smeal
Ellie Smeal
Co-Founder & President, Feminist Majority

Eleanor (Ellie) Smeal, is Co-Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Through both organizations...

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian

Ellen DeGeneres is a daytime TV juggernaut and entertainment pioneer. Her hit syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is a haven for discussion, deadpan comedy, and a coll...

Andrea Reusing
Andrea Reusing
Award Winning Chef

Andrea Reusing is dedicated to the sustainable agriculture movement. Her Chapel Hill, North Carolina local and organic restaurant, Lantern, was voted one of the “best farm-to...

Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
First Single Working Woman on Television

Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author and activist whose body of work continues to have an impact on American entertainment and culture. She burst onto the scene as the...