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Robin Morgan

Writer & Feminist Activist

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Robin Morgan on feminist myths, the 1968 Miss America protest, and the popular start of the women's movement.

Robin's Biography

Cause of Choice: The Sisterhood is a Global Institute and The Women's Media Center
Greatest Influence She Has Never Met: Sylvia Plath
The Men at Her Dream Dinner Party: Tom Stoppard, Aaron Sorkin, Jon Stewart, Blake Morgan, Neil Degrasse Tyson and Barack Obama
Precocious Youth: Model at age 2. Radio host at 5. TV star at 8. Reading Kafka and finding it hilariously funny at 11.

Bras were not burned outside the Miss America pageant in September of 1968. Instead, they--along with other items symbolizing the constraints placed on women--were tossed ritualistically into a trashcan by assembled protesters. It was an inspired piece of street theater, staged by the New York Radical Women. Author, poet, and feminist pioneer Robin Morgan led the group in its unprecedented rebellion against the "the degrading mindless-boob-girlie symbol" created by the pageant and by the media as a whole. The media certainly took notice. The protest garnered front-page coverage across the country, vaulting the Women’s Lib movement, myths and all, into the public consciousness.  
 
Morgan’s brave and impassioned voice has now been helping to unlock the cages of violence and oppression for over four decades. A founder of contemporary US feminism and a leader in the international women’s movement, she’s won a National Endowment for the Arts Prize for her poetry and written to acclaim on the sources of terrorism and religious persecution. She penned the seminal feminist essay, “Goodbye to All That,” in 1970, and the same year and compiled  the now-classic anthology Sisterhood Is Powerful. Her 1984 follow up, Sisterhood is Global: The International Women's Movement Nathology, provided the basis for Morgan, Simone de Beauvoir, and representatives from over 80 countries to found the Sisterhood Is Global Institute as a center for strategy, activism, and policy-formulation on behalf of women worldwide. Morgan hasn’t lost her nerve. She’s the 2006 author of Fighting Words: A Tool Kit for Combating the Religious Right and a founder with Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem of the Women’s Media Center.

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