Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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"Letty Cottin Pogrebin is one of America's outstanding feminist journalists. She was the founding editor of Ms. magazine...

"In 1960, she went to work for a book publisher, Bernard Geis Associates, and she soon became the director of publicity, advertising and subsidiary rights for the next ten years. In 1970, her talents were recognized and she was made a vice president of the company. It was the same year that her book, "How to Make it in a Man's World" was published. It was a practical and humorous guide on how a woman can succeed in the male-dominated world of business. Some of the humor can be seen in the chapter titles: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Typing, Executive Sweets and If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Back to the Kitchen. Pogrebin helped found the pioneering magazine for women Ms. in 1971. She became the editor and she continued to write her column, The Working Woman, for The Ladies Home Journal. She also wrote articles for other magazines on women and employment, feminism, the psychology and sociology of child rearing, women in politics and the role of the women in the family.

"In her book, In Getting Yours: How to Make the System Work for the Working Woman(1975), she writes about how women can get the greatest benefits from union membership, the need for child caring centers for working women, maternity rights, Equal Rights Amendment, sexism in religion and society and many other issues relating to feminism....

"Pogrebin was one of the founders of the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971. She and the other founders realized the need for political action and clout to achieve legislation gains for women in society.

"She worked with actress Marlo Thomas on Free to be You and Me, a record, book and television package of non-sexist songs and stories. She is also on the board of directors of Action for Children's television, which monitors children's television programs." [1]

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  1. Letty Cottin Pogrebin, jewishvirtuallibrary, accessed November 20, 2011.