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Letty Cottin Pogrebin, journalist, author, co-founder of Ms. Magazine

Letty Cottin Pogrebin was born in New York City on June 9, 1939.

After graduating from Brandeis University in 1959 she began her career in book publishing as an editorial assistant and director of publicity and subsidiary rights at the publishing house of Bernard Geis Associates. In that capacity, she helped launch Helen Gurley Brown’s step-out advice book Sex and the Single Girl—published by Geis in 1962 after multiple rejections from other publishers—by making sure that it got censored in all the right places.

Pogrebin’s journalistic career has included freelance writing for the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and The Ladies Home Journal, where she wrote a column titled “The Working Woman” from 1971 to 1981. A founding editor of Ms. magazine, she worked on the magazine for 17 years, and joined Glorie Steinem, Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan and others in co-fonding the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Pogrebin is the author of How to Make It in a Man's World (1970), Getting Yours (1975), Growing Up Free (1980), Family Politics (1983), Among Friends (1987), and Deborah, Golda and Me (1991). She is also editor of Stories for Free Children (1982), contributor to numerous anthologies, and a popular lecturer on non-sexist childrearing, family life, and feminism and Judaism.

Letty served as President of the Authors Guild and is an active member of many other organizations. Her terrific novel Three Daughters is set in New York. She has been placing her papers with the SSC in regular increments for 25 years.

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