FLORENCE HOWE

activist, writer, and founder of the Feminist Press

Biography

My grandmother and father, circa 1915Me and my parents, circa 1930Me, age 7, and Jack, age 3, 1936Me at my prom, 1946
My grandmother and father, circa 1915
Me and my parents, circa 1930
Me, age 7, and Jack, age 3, 1936
Me at my high school prom at the Copacabana, 1946

Florence Howe, author, editor, publisher, and teacher, is an internationally recognized leader of the modern feminist movement. She became closely involved with the women's movement after her participation in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s. Described by colleagues as "the Elizabeth Cady Stanton of women's studies," Howe began teaching women's studies courses even before they had that name. Howe founded the Feminist Press while larger publishing houses were ignoring women authors. She published such notable writers as Rebecca Harding Davis, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Agnes Smedley, Kate Chopin, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Paule Marshall, Marilyn French, Alice Walker, Louise Meriwether, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Ama Ata Aidoo, Lauretta Ngcobo, Zoe Wicomb, Dacia Mariaini, Savyon Liebrecht, and Zora Neale Hurston, many of whose works had been out of print for decades. She has been a president of the Modern Language Association and held a dozen consultancies, including those with the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Howe is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and more than 120 essays published in such works as the Harvard Educational Review, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, PMLA, and The Women's Review of Books, and in a variety of anthologies.

Me in Atlantic City, June 1948My father and me in front of my Ford Zephyr, 1958Me speaking in Baltimore about the Freedom Summer, 1965Danny, mom, and David, 1968
Me in Atlantic City, 1948
Me and my father in front of my Ford Zephyr, 1958
Me speaking in Baltimore about the Freedom Summer, 1965
Daniel Lauter, my mom, and David Lauter, 1968

Elaine and Bill Hedges, 1968Me speaking at a conference, circa 1970sMy mom, 1976My daughter, Alice, studying law in California, 1978
Elaine and Bill Hedges, 1968
Me speaking at a conference in the 70s
My mom, 1976
My daughter, Alice Jackson-Wright, studying law in California, 1978

Jack, Alice, and Florence in California, 1981AnnJ Gumbinner and David Lauter, 1989Joanne Markell, me, and Helene Goldfarb, circa 1990sTillie Olsen, me, Mary Ann Ferguson, and Elaine Hedges at MLA, 1991
Jack Wright, Alice, and Florence Wright in California, 1981
AnnJ Gumbinner and David Lauter, 1989
Joanne Markell, me, and Helene Goldfarb in the 90s
Tillie Olsen, me, Mary Ann Ferguson, and Elaine Hedges at MLA, 1991

Me, Bella Abzug, and Kazuko Watanabi in Beijing, 1995B. Smith and me at the Feminist Press Gala, 2003Jack's graduation from law school, 2005Me and Marilyn French at a pre-Gala event at the CUNY Graduate Center, 2006
Me, Bella Abzug, and Kazuko Watanabi in Beijing, 1995
Barbara Smith and me at the Feminist Press Gala, 2003
Jack Wright's graduation from law school, 2005
Me and Marilyn French at a pre-gala event at the CUNY Graduate Center, 2006

The East African Committee for the Women Writing Africa project, 2006Alice, Anita, me, and Florence at her graduation, 2008Me, Paul Pombo, Jacqueline Pombo, and Shirley Mow at my 80th birthday party, 2009Me in Majorca, 2010
The East Africa Committee for the Women Writing Africa project, 2006
Alice, Anita, me, and Florence at Florence's graduation from medical school, 2008
Me, Paul Pombo, Jacqueline Pombo, and Shirley Mow at my 80th birthday party, 2009
Me in Majorca, 2010

My great granddaughter, Kennedy Smith-Wright, and her mom, Maban Smith, 2010Kennedy and her grandma, Alice, 2010Kennedy in the sweater I made, 2010Jack with his daughter, Kennedy, 2010
My great granddaughter, Kennedy Smith-Wright, and her mom, Maban Smith, 2010
Kennedy and her grandma, Alice, 2010
Kennedy in the sweater I made, 2010
Jack with his daughter, Kennedy, 2010


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Select Works

"Everyone concerned about global feminism, women’s contributions, and humanity’s future will be enhanced and enchanted by A Life in Motion.”—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I and Volume II
Lecture delivered by Florence Howe on January 8, 2011, at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention
“It is impossible to imagine women’s studies without Florence Howe. Myths of Coeducation shows her vision and courage, insight and dauntlessness.”–Catharine R. Stimpson, Rutgers University
A revised and expanded edition of the classic groundbreaking anthology of 20th-century American women's poetry, representing more than 100 poets from Amy Lowell to Anne Sexton to Rita Dove.

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