A Life in Motion : A Memoir

By: Howe, FlorenceMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandJewish Women Writers: Publisher: New York : The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2011Description: 1 online resource (689 p.)ISBN: 9781558616981Subject(s): Feminists - United States | Feminists --United States --Biography | Howe, Florence | Howe, Florence | Teachers - United States | Teachers --United States --BiographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Life in Motion : A MemoirDDC classification: 305.42092 LOC classification: HQ1413.H678A3 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Title Page; Also by Florence Howe; Edited Books; Praise; Dedication; Prologue: Memory, History, and the Missing Creative Bone; I - A Family Girl; 1 - Two Mothers; 2 - Two Fathers; 3 - Learning About Class at Home and in School; II - The Care of the Future; 4 - Studying the Future-Hunter College and Smith College; 5 - College Teaching: Learning to Be an Activist; 6 - Marriages, Yes, All Four of Them; 7 - Daddy, I Never Called You Father; 8 - Another Kind of Mother-and Grandmother; III - Work That Changed My Life; 9 - Becoming a Feminist; 10 - Practicing Feminism at Home and Abroad
11 - Founding the Feminist Press12 - Moving About the World for Women's Studies; 13 - Growing Pains at the Feminist Press; 14 - Moving into CUNY; 15 - A Heroic Decade-The 1990s; 16 - Retirement and Return; IV - Friendships into Family; 17 - My Mother, the Survivor; 18 - Sustaining Friendships; Elaine Hedges; Tillie Olsen; Grace Paley; Marilyn French; 19 - My New York Family of Choice; Helene D. Goldfarb; Mariam K. Chamberlain; Joanne Markell; Shirley L. Mow; Jorge Cao and Don Thomas; Epilogue: Bellagio, the Creative Bone, Doris Lessing, and Homespace; Acknowledgments; Index; Copyright Page
Summary: Florence Howe has led an audacious life: she created a freedom school during the civil rights movement, refused to bow to academic heavyweights who were opposed to sharing power with women, and founded a feminist publishing house at a time when books for and about women were few. Sustained by her relationships with iconic writers like Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, and Marilyn French, she traveled the world as an emissary for women''s empowerment. Howe''s memoir spans her eighty years of personal struggle and professional triumphs. Florence Howe was first introduced to activisim during the civil rights era and helped establish women''s studies programs across the country during the early years of the second wave of the feminist movement. In 1970 she founded the Feminist Press and was its publisher until 2006. She is professor emerita of English at the graduate center at the City University of New York, and holds many honors as well as six honorary doctorates, the most recent from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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Title Page; Also by Florence Howe; Edited Books; Praise; Dedication; Prologue: Memory, History, and the Missing Creative Bone; I - A Family Girl; 1 - Two Mothers; 2 - Two Fathers; 3 - Learning About Class at Home and in School; II - The Care of the Future; 4 - Studying the Future-Hunter College and Smith College; 5 - College Teaching: Learning to Be an Activist; 6 - Marriages, Yes, All Four of Them; 7 - Daddy, I Never Called You Father; 8 - Another Kind of Mother-and Grandmother; III - Work That Changed My Life; 9 - Becoming a Feminist; 10 - Practicing Feminism at Home and Abroad

11 - Founding the Feminist Press12 - Moving About the World for Women's Studies; 13 - Growing Pains at the Feminist Press; 14 - Moving into CUNY; 15 - A Heroic Decade-The 1990s; 16 - Retirement and Return; IV - Friendships into Family; 17 - My Mother, the Survivor; 18 - Sustaining Friendships; Elaine Hedges; Tillie Olsen; Grace Paley; Marilyn French; 19 - My New York Family of Choice; Helene D. Goldfarb; Mariam K. Chamberlain; Joanne Markell; Shirley L. Mow; Jorge Cao and Don Thomas; Epilogue: Bellagio, the Creative Bone, Doris Lessing, and Homespace; Acknowledgments; Index; Copyright Page

Florence Howe has led an audacious life: she created a freedom school during the civil rights movement, refused to bow to academic heavyweights who were opposed to sharing power with women, and founded a feminist publishing house at a time when books for and about women were few. Sustained by her relationships with iconic writers like Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, and Marilyn French, she traveled the world as an emissary for women''s empowerment. Howe''s memoir spans her eighty years of personal struggle and professional triumphs. Florence Howe was first introduced to activisim during the civil rights era and helped establish women''s studies programs across the country during the early years of the second wave of the feminist movement. In 1970 she founded the Feminist Press and was its publisher until 2006. She is professor emerita of English at the graduate center at the City University of New York, and holds many honors as well as six honorary doctorates, the most recent from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Florence Howe's Wikipedia entry says that she "is understood to be a nationally recognized [sic] leader of the contemporary feminist movement." However, without Gloria Steinem's or Betty Friedan's name recognition, Howe has her work cut out for her in making a case for her place in the pantheon of 20th-century feminists. Her accomplishments, particularly as an educator during the Civil Rights era and as a feminist publisher, are indeed considerable, but her memoir presents a curious amount of kvetching about dysfunctional family members, unsympathetic teachers, etc., and it's startling when she suddenly announces having gotten married for the first time-because why doesn't someone who can remember the details of early school papers bother to write about meeting, much less falling in love with, her first husband, particularly when, as a feminist, she is so sensitive to stereotypes and perceived gender roles? Still, Howe was part of some important history, and a number of compelling people, like Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, and Marilyn French, make their appearances in this book. Verdict This will be read by historians, sociologists, and women's studies scholars, although they may find it, at over 500 pages, a tough slog.-Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Florence Howe was an American author, publisher, literary scholar, and historian. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 17, 1929. She earned a BA from Hunter College in English (1950), and a MA in English from Smith College (1951). She attended the University of Wisconsin (1954), continuing her graduate studies in art history and literature. Howe was awarded several honorary doctorates in humane letters from New England College (1977) and Skidmore College (1979). She also rec'd an honorary doctorate from DePauw University (1987).

Her life and work were focused on feminism and social justice. She founded Feminist Press in 1970. In 1973, she became the president of the Modern Language Association. She was a college professor and taught women's studies at Goucher College. In 1971, she became professor of Humanities at SUNY.

She wrote or edited more than a dozen books and more than 120 essays. Her essays were published in the Harvard Educational Review, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, PMLA, the Women's Review of Books, and a variety of anthologies. Her books included a memoir, A Life in Motion (2011), a collection of essays, Myths on Coeducation (1984).

Florence Howe died on September 12, 2020 in New York City, at the age of 91.

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