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Pogrebin, Letty Cottin, 2008

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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

An Activist Life Oral History Project is a collection of life histories of women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. The project documents both the diversity and the persistence of women's activism, as organizers and as cultural workers, in a variety of social movements such as women's health, economic justice, LGBT liberation, peace, education, and environmental sustainability. Narrators include educators and academics, musicians, writers, and artists, as well as community and religious leaders. They come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and geographic backgrounds. Interviews cover childhood and growing up experiences; education and employment; activism and politics; family, identity, relationships and community.

Dates of Materials

  • 2008


Conditions Governing Access

This interview is open for research use without restriction.

Conditions Governing Web Access

This interview may not be placed on the web because there was no formal web access agreement signed. Please consult with special collections staff at to inquire about the existence of or access to digital copies.

Conditions Governing Use

The interviewer and narrator have transferred copyright of this interview to Smith College.

Biographical / Historical

Letty Cottin Pogrebin (b.1939) is a writer and journalist, born in Jamaica, Queens. She graduated high school early and entered Brandeis University at the age of sixteen. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in English. After she graduated, she worked for the publishing company Bernard Geis Associates for ten years. She was soon promoted as an executive. Her first book, How to Make it in a Man's World, reflected her experience in the company. Because it was extremely well-received, she was able to support herself as a full-time writer, first as a columnist for the Ladies Home Journal. She is one of the co-founders of Ms. Magazine and was a frequent contributor to it. Her articles covered a number of observations on women's places in modern American society, from the idea of motherhood to competition among women to short stories for children.

Language of Materials



This oral history covers various aspects of Pogrebin's life but specifically focuses on her experiences at Ms. Magazine and her work on nonsexist childrearing.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
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