Writer & Activist
Robin Morgan was born on January 29, 1942 in Lake Worth, Florida and grew up in New York City, NY. She is an award-winning poet, novelist, political theorist, feminist activist, journalist, editor, and best-selling author. As a toddler Morgan’s mother started her as a model. At the age of four she got her own radio program titled: Little Robin Morgan, on the New York radio station WOR. At eight she began acting in the TV series Mama, which premiered on CBS in 1949. Morgan always wanted to write, and left the cast of Mama at age 14. Morgan attended Columbia University and began working as a secretary at the Curtis Brown Literary Agency. She had begun publishing her own poetry. Along with political activism, she was writing fiction and nonfiction prose, and lecturing at colleges and universities on women's rights. In 1962, Morgan married writer Kenneth Pitchford, whom she divorced in 1990. Together they had one son, Blake Morgan-Pitchford, born in 1969. Morgan has published seven poetry collections, four novels, and eleven books of nonfiction on social justice issues. Her writing primarily focuses on feminism including her best-seller The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism (1989), and the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful (1970), Sisterhood Is Global (1984), and Sisterhood Is Forever (2003). A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Prize (Poetry) and numerous other honors, and a former editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine, she co-founded The Sisterhood Is Global Institute with Simone de Beauvoir and co-founded the Women's Media Center with Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem. An architect and leader of contemporary U.S. feminism, she has also been a leader in the international women's movement for more than 40 years.
"We needed to be both in the halls of the legislature and the streets at the same time."