Robin Morgan

Photo by Brent Nicastro Photo by Brent Nicastro

On this date in 1941, feminist author, journalist, editor, lecturer, organizer, atheist and activist Robin Morgan was born in New York City. As she notes in her memoir, Saturday's Child, "Saturday's child has to work for a living." Robin began at age two, as a tot model. She had her own radio show by age four, then acted in the role of Dagmar on the popular series, "Mama," in the 1940s and 1950s. She left show biz to write, and became a founder and leader of the contemporary feminist movement. Robin's columns and articles for Ms. magazine appeared from 1974-1988. She was editor in chief of Ms. for four years and is now its International consulting editor. Her groundbreaking anthology, Sisterhood is Powerful, came out in 1972, followed by Sisterhood is Global (1984) and Sisterhood is Forever (2003). Robin is a distinguished poet, and her fiction includes her 2006 novel about the witchhunts, The Burning Times.

Robin has traveled the globe as a feminist activist, scholar, journalist and lecturer. She is a Patron of Feminist Dalit (the "Untouchables"), in Nepal. She is an honorary member of Pan Arab Feminist Solidarity Association and likewise an honorary member of Israeli Feminists Against Occupation. She is a cofounder of the Feminist Women's Health Network, the Feminist Writers' Guild, of Media Women and the National Network of Rape Crisis Centers. Her timely The Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism tells the personal story of her travel to refugee camps in the Middle East, with a post 9/11 introduction and afterward. This author of some 20 books will be releasing Fighting Words, defending a secular America. A recipient of many feminist and other awards, she was named Freethought Heroine 2005 by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“When Attorney General John Ashcroft repeatedly invokes religion, the Founders must be picketing in their graves. They were a mix of freethinkers, atheists, Christians, agnostics, Freemasons and Deists. . . .

. . . the Founders were, after all, revolutionaries. Their passion—especially regarding secularism—glows in the documents they forged and in their personal words.”

—Robin Morgan, author and editor of Ms. Magazine, born on this date in 1941. "Fighting Words for a Secular America," Ms. Fall 2004

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor; Photo by Brent Nicastro

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