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Biography

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.


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