Birth Date: January 29, 1942 / Age: 76
Birth Place: Lake Worth, Florida, USA
Biography: Robin Morgan (born January 3, 1941) is an American radical feminist activist, writer, and editor of Sisterhood is Powerful and Ms. Magazine. During the 1960s, she participated in the civil rights and anti-war movements; in the late 1960s she came out as a lesbian and became a founding member of radical feminist organizations such as New York Radical Women and W.I.T.C.H..
Morgan had her own radio program as a youngster in the 40s, and played Dagmar in the 1950s TV series "Mama" (based on the film "I Remember Mama").
In the late 1960s, Morgan was a member of the Youth International Party with Abbie Hoffman and Paul Krassner. However, tensions over sexism within YIP (and the New Left broadly) came to a head while Morgan was becoming more involved in Women's Liberation activism. In 1968, she joined demonstrations to free Valerie Solanas, and became a founding member of New York Radical Women, helping to organize their inaugural protest of the Miss America pageant in September 1968. Later in the same year she helped to create W.I.T.C.H., a radical feminist group that used public street theater (called "hexes" or "zaps") to call attention to sexism. In December 1968, Morgan and other women staged a "hex" against both House Unamerican Activities Committee and the Chicago Eight; they argued that men in HUAC and the Chicago Eight played off of each other to portray the antiwar movement as the pet project of a few male "stars".
Like many radical feminists, Morgan made a decisive break from what they described as the "male Left," and put the reasons for her break into the classic feminist essay, "Goodbye to All That" in 1970. In the same year, she edited one of the first anthologies of radical feminist writings, Sisterhood is Powerful.
Since the 1970s, Morgan has continued writing, editing, publishing, and feminist organizing. In addition to her poetry and frequent articles on feminist topics, she has edited two anthologies following up on Sisterhood is Powerful: Sisterhood is Global (1984) and Sisterhood is Forever (2003). She has served as a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine for many years, and served as editor-in-chief from 1989-1993.
Robin Morgan currently lives in New York.