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Florence Howe has led an audacious life: she created a freedom school during the dangerous days of 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 show more few. Sustained by her friendships with iconic writers like Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, and Marilyn French, she traveled the world as an emissary for women's empowerment. Howe is a teacher and activist; she is the co-founder of the Feminist Press, a past president of the Modern Language Association, and a central organizer of the international women's movement. show less
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Works by Florence Howe

No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Editor — 123 copies
Women Working: An Anthology of Stories and Poems (1977) — Editor — 44 copies
Women and Higher Education in American History (1988) — Editor — 11 copies

Associated Works

Trials of the Resistance (1970) — Contributor — 29 copies


Common Knowledge

Other names
Rosenfeld, Florence (birth name)
Date of death
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Place of death
Manhattan, New York, USA
Cause of death
Parkinson’s disease
Places of residence
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
The Bronx, New York, USA
Wisconsin, USA
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Hunter College High School
Hunter College
Smith College
University of Wisconsin
university professor
literary critic
The Feminist Press
Modern Language Association
City University of New York
Goucher College
Hofstra University
National Endowment for the Humanities (show all 7)
Freedom Summer
Awards and honors
Florence Howe Award for Feminist Literary Criticism (named in her honor)
Short biography
Florence Howe was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Hunter College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Hunter College. She went on to Smith College and earned a master's degree in English in 1951.
She joined the civil rights movement and went to Mississippi in 1964 as a teacher. In 1967, she protested the U.S. war in Vietnam and signed a public statement declaring that she would refuse to pay income taxes. Florence Howe became an internationally-known leader of the modern feminist movement. In 1970, she founded The Feminist Press, an independent nonprofit publisher, when her appeal to a number of major university and trade publishers to issue critical feminist biographies was unsuccessful.  Florence Howe served as chair of the Modern Language Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession. She became a professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and subsequently became professor emerita. She has written more than a dozen books and has published more than 120 essays in the Harvard Educational Review, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, PMLA, and The Women's Review of Books, and in a variety of anthologies.
She is co-director of Women Writing Africa and text editor of the four volumes emerging from that project. The Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship of the Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages was named in her honor.



laurenbufferd | 2 other reviews | Nov 14, 2016 |
If you have no other anthology of women's contemporary poetry on your shelf, this is the one to have. Comprehensive and wonderfully annotated with biographies, this collection will be used again and again to explore and augment one's lists of favorite poets. Reads like a history of women in the 20th century in poetic form.
wilddove | 2 other reviews | Jan 12, 2008 |

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