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Letty Cottin Pogrebin (born June 9, 1939) is an American writer and journalist. (The name Pogrebin is stressed on the first syllable: POH-grebin.) She graduated from Brandeis University and became a writer and feminist advocate in the early 1970s. In 1971, she was one of the founding editors of Ms. Magazine, where she worked for 17 years, and a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus. She was also a consultant on Free to Be… You and Me and edited Stories for Free Children.

Pogrebin is a well-known advocate for feminist, Jewish, and Jewish-feminist causes, as well as a political activist on topics such as hunger, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and African American-Jewish relations. Her publications include Getting Yours: How to Make the System Work for the Working Woman; Growing Up Free: Raising Your Child in the 80s; Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America; and Three Daughters.


Pogrebin has written in favour of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission into Gaza led by Richard Goldstone. She has criticised certain hardline Jewish leaders (what she calls the "Jews in the Israel-right-or-wrong mafia") vilifying and instigating a 'McCarthy-like' campaign against Richard Goldstone, who himself is a "proud Jew and declared Zionist".[1]


  1. ^ Letty Cottin Pogrebin, "Jewish McCarthyism Strikes Gold(stone)", Moment, January/February 2010


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Letty Cottin Pogrebin (b. 1939) is an American writer, journalist and feminist advocate. She was one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine, and a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus.


Family and Politics (1983)

  • Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work.
    • Ch. 6
  • America is a nation fundamentally ambivalent about its children, often afraid of its children, and frequently punitive toward its children.
    • Ch. 3
  • If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home, how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve worldly conflicts with force?
    • Ch. 1
  • Work-family conflicts—the trade-offs of your money or your life, your job or your child—would not be forced upon women with such sanguine disregard if men experienced the same career stalls caused by the-buck-stops-here responsibility for children.
    • Ch. 6
  • The politics of the family are the politics of a nation. Just as the authoritarian family is the authoritarian state in microcosm, the democratic family is the best training ground for life in a democracy.
    • Ch. 1

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