Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Author, activist, and national public speaker

LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN is an author, activist, and national public speaker. A founding editor of Ms. Magazine, she has also published twelve books -- two novels, and ten works of nonfiction -- most recently, Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy (2022).  Among her other titles are the novels Three Daughters and Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate;and the feminist classic, Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America. She was also consulting editor on Free to Be, You and Me, Marlo Thomas’ groundbreaking children's book, record and television special. 

Besides her long affiliation with Ms. magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Huffington Post, and The Nation, among many other publications. She is a regular columnist for Moment magazine and for 10 years wrote "The Working Woman" column in The Ladies Home Journal.

A leader in many social justice causes, she served two terms as president of The Authors Guild, a national organization dedicated to the protection of writers’ copyright and contract rights; and two terms as chair of the board of Americans for Peace Now, an advocacy organization working to promote a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

She was also a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the UJA-Federation Task Force on Women; and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. Letty Cottin Pogrebin's devotion to advancing inter-group harmony inspired her participation in a longstanding Black-Jewish dialogue group, as well as a number of Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, one of which has been ongoing after 12 years.

Currently, Pogrebin serves on the boards of Americans for Peace Now, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, the Brandeis University Women's and Gender Studies Program, and The Authors Guild. Her many honors include a Yale University Poynter Fellowship in Journalism an Emmy Award for Free to Be You and Me, and dozens of awards and commendations from a variety of NGOs, civic, religious and educational institutions. She is a 2018 inductee in the Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a graduate of Brandeis University. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stockbridge, MA.

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Have you ever wondered how a woman can raise her voice for advocacy, while being soft-spoken? Today we sit down with feminist icon, Letty Cottin Pogrebin . From being a founding editor of the revolutionary Ms. Magazine, a renowned author, to a fervent social activist, this is an intimate interview....