FLORENCE HOWE

activist, writer, and founder of the Feminist Press




Florence in Words

Amazing

February 21, 2011

Tags: Egypt, politics

Waking to a snowstorm, I had Tillie and Jack Olsen on my mind as I read the blazing Middle East news over fresh-cooked oatmeal and tea, and then turned to the continuing stand-off over collective-bargaining in Wisconsin, where the fire was still verbal, no armaments. As if those pieces of news were not enough, the city section opened with news that identified the 146th person who died 100 years ago because doors were locked on their shirtwaist sweat-shop when there were no unions and nothing insuring the safety of buildings for workers. (more…)

Egyptian Coda

February 13, 2011

Tags: Egypt, Feminist Press

It’s Sunday, two days after Liberation Square succeeded in freeing Egypt from its ruler, and I have been thinking about writing this blog since I first heard that President Mubarak was indeed leaving his post. That was Friday, at nine a.m., New York time. I was riding a bus to the Feminist Press office for a ten a.m. finance committee meeting of the Board of Directors. My blackberry buzzed and I opened to a news update from the NYTimes telling me that Mubarak had left Cairo, that the military had taken over, and I assumed (correctly, as it turned out) that the military had told him it was time to go. (more…)

Egypt Again

February 9, 2011

Tags: Women Writing Africa, Egypt

Egypt is still very much on my mind. Yesterday I had an email from Nadia, the one Cairo person in the group of academics I worked with on Women Writing Africa: The Northern Region. She is a professor of English at the university there. This is what she wrote: (more…)

Revolution in Egypt

February 5, 2011

Tags: Women Writing Africa, Egypt

When the street revolution in Egypt began, I wrote at once to my Women Writing Africa colleagues, to say that I was “worried” about them, and heard that Azza was “safe in India.” Others in Alexandria—Sahar, Amira, and Heba—wrote to say they were fine, very excited, and asked me to “pray” for them—and for Egypt. Heba is a passionate Copt who took me to visit both the “Desert Fathers” and the “Desert Mothers” on one visit to Egypt. I’ve heard from Sahar most frequently, who wrote today that people were going back to work on Monday, and that she was hoping the “transition” would be peaceful. I urged her to keep writing, since I continue to worry about their safety, even in Alexandria. And I have heard nothing from Nadia, the one member of the group who lives in Cairo. (more…)

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"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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