Significant Contemporary American Feminists: A Biographical Sourcebook

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ANNA QUINDLEN
(1952-)

Carolyn Kitch

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Anna Quindlen was born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1952, the oldest of five children in a Roman Catholic, Italian- Irish family. Her father, Robert Quindlen, was a management consultant, and her mother, Prudence Pantano Quindlen, was a homemaker. Despite the fact that she eventually had three young brothers, Anna was pushed to succeed "by a man who swore his firstborn would be a boy and never changed his mind" (quoted in Williams 1994, 64).

During her childhood, the family lived in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and Wheeling, West Virginia, where Quindlen attended Catholic schools. When she was a teenager, they moved to Kendall Park, New Jersey, where she went to a public high school. After a year at Barnard College in New York, she returned to Kendall Park to nurse her mother through the final stages of ovarian cancer.

Prudence Quindlen's illness and death in 1972, when Anna was nineteen years old, would inspire her daughter's second novel twenty-two years later. At the time, it gave Anna a chance to think about her mother's conventional past and her own future. "I figured either life was going to be considerably different for me than it was for my mother, or I was going to be angry all the time," she later remembered ( Quindlen, 1988, 193).

Quindlen chose journalism as her way to that different life. "In journalism, you could do all the things good girls were not supposed to do," she once explained. "You were obligated to ask rude questions. They made you go to strangers' homes; they made you ask how much money people earned. . . . it was like a dream come true." Quindlen had begun her career the summer she was eighteen, working as a copy girl and reporter at the daily New Brunswick, New Jersey, Home News. While she completed her English degree at Barnard, she sold a short story to Seventeen magazine and had another summer reporting job at the New York Post.

When she graduated from college in 1974, she was hired by the Post and

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  • Editorial Board ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Bella Abzug (1920-1998) 1
  • Paula Gunn Allen (1939-) 8
  • Gloria AnzaldÚa (1942-) 14
  • Frances Beale (1940-) 22
  • Rita Mae Brown (1944-) 28
  • Charlotte Bunch (1944-) 36
  • Pat Califia (1954-) 44
  • Judy Chicago (1939-) 51
  • Shirley Chisholm (1924-) 55
  • Esther Ngan-Ling Chow (1943-) 60
  • Pearl Cleage (1948-) 66
  • Kate Clinton (1945- ) 73
  • Mary Daly (1928- ) 79
  • Angela Davis (1944-) 86
  • Shulamith Firestone (1945-) 98
  • Jo Freeman (1945-) 104
  • Betty Friedan (1921-) 111
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-) 118
  • Bell Hooks (1952- ) 125
  • Dolores Huerta (1930-) 133
  • June Jordan (1936-) 138
  • Evelyn Fox Keller (1936-) 145
  • Florynce Kennedy (1916-) 150
  • Audre Lorde (1934-1992) 156
  • Catharine Mackinnon (1946-) 163
  • Olga Madar (1915-1996) 174
  • Wilma Mankiller (1945-) 181
  • Del Martin (1921-) 188
  • Kate Millett (1934- ) 194
  • CherrÍe Moraga (1952- ) 201
  • Robin Morgan (1941-) 206
  • Pauli Murray (1910-1985) 213
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1937-) 218
  • Alice Paul (1885-1977) 223
  • Anna Quindlen (1952-) 231
  • Adrienne Rich (1929-) 238
  • Faith Ringgold (1930-) 245
  • Rosemary Ruether (1936-) 251
  • Joanna Russ (1937-) 257
  • Patricia Schroeder (1940-) 264
  • Eleanor Smeal (1939-) 271
  • Barbara Smith (1946-) 279
  • Gloria Steinem (1934-) 283
  • Margo St. James (1937-) 290
  • Alice Walker (1944- ) 297
  • Rebecca Walker (1969-) 305
  • Michele Wallace (1952-) 311
  • Sarah Weddington (1945-) 317
  • Ellen Willis (1941-) 327
  • Selected Bibliography 335
  • Index 341
  • About the Editor and Contributors 355
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