Cottin Pogrebin, journalist, author, co-founder of Ms. Magazine
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.
career has included freelance writing for the New
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
Pogrebin is the author of How
to Make It in a Man's World (1970), Getting
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.