Letty Cottin Pogrebin
(1939 - )
Letty Cottin Pogrebin is one of America's outstanding feminist journalists.
She was the founding editor of Ms. magazine, author of the column
"Working Woman" and author of a number of books relating, to women in
business and non-sexist child rearing.
She was born on June 9, 1939, to Cyral and Jacob Cottin. Her father was a
successful attorney and her mother was a known designer. Letty graduated CUM
LAUDE from Brandeis University with a B.A. Degree in English and American
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
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.
In 1980, her book, In Growing Up Free: Raising Your Child in the 80s,
her main thrust is non-sexist child rearing. She stresses the importance of
questioning everything that we do with, to, for and around children.
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. I
She has been fighting anti-Semitism all of her life. She was outspoken when
she encountered it in the feminist movement. In her article in Ms. magazine, in June, 1982, she states that Jewish women have two battles to fight:
Against sexism and against anti-Jewish beliefs. She wrote that women as Jews
within the feminist movement with as much zeal as we identify as feminists in
Letty Cottin Pogrebin continues to struggle for the rights of women in
society. Her outspoken writings and lecturing on feminism and women's rights
display a leadership and courage that will help women achieve their equal place
This is one of the 150 illustrated true stories of American heroism
included in Jewish Heroes & Heroines of America : 150 True Stories of American Jewish Heroism, © 1996,
written by Seymour "Sy" Brody of Delray Beach, Florida, illustrated
by Art Seiden of Woodmere, New York, and published by Lifetime
Books, Inc., Hollywood, FL.