( 1941-), feminist author, journalist, activist
KAREN A. FOSS
I want a women's revolution like a lover.
I lust for it, I want so much this freedom,
this end to struggle and fear and lies
we all exhale, that I could die just
with the passionate uttering of that desire. (M:82)
Robin Morgan is a writer, feminist activist and agitator, and former editor in chief of Ms. magazine whose writing and speaking reveal her passionate commitment to the women's movement. By self-description, she "is a radical feminist . . . an 'oldie'--one of the women who helped start this wave of feminism . . . a rare species characterized by idealism, enthusiasm, and round-the-clock energy" (GTF: 3).
Robin Morgan was born on January 29, 1941, in Lake Forth, Florida, but was raised by her mother in Mount Vernon, New York; her parents divorced before she was born. She worked as a child actor in theater, radio, and television until she was 16, hosting a radio show at the age of 4 and playing Dagmar in the television series, I Remember Mama." Her desire to be a writer, a goal she announced when she was six, was first realized at the age of 17, when some of her poems were published in a literary quarterly.
During the late 1950s and 1960s, Morgan was active in the civil rights and antiwar movements, writing articles for leftist journals and participating in political actions. Considering women's issues a facet of the New Left, she helped form women's liberation caucuses in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE). She was also instrumental in the formation of the New York Radical Women in 1967, the