Florence Howe

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Florence Howe in 2014

Florence Rosenfeld Howe (March 17, 1929 – September 12, 2020) was an American feminist author, publisher, literary scholar and historian. She was known as one of the leaders of the contemporary feminist movement.[1] Howe was born in New York City.[2]

She taught black children in a Mississippi freedom school during 1964 and chaired the Modern Language Association commission on the Status of Women in the Profession.

In 1967, she signed a public statement declaring her intention to refuse to pay income taxes in protest against the U.S. war against Vietnam.[3]

Howe also founded The Feminist Press in 1970.[4]

She was a professor at State University of New York.

Howe died on September 12, 2020 at her home in New York City from Parkinson's disease-related problems, aged 91.[5]

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  1. "Gale Encyclopedia of Biography: Florence Rosenfeld Howe". biography.yourdictionary.com. The Gale Group. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  2. "Howe, Florence". Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 March 2015. CIP data sheet (b. 3/17/29)
  3. "Newspaper clipping of open letter to the U.S. War Committee, 11 March 1967" (archive pdf). Letter to Mr. W. Walter Boyd from Herbert Sonthoff, March 28, 1967. Penn State University Libraries: Horowitz Transaction Publishers Archive. 28 March 1967. p. 4. No income tax for war! Now particularly the U.S. war in Vietnam. STATEMENT: Because so much of the tax paid the federal government goes for poisoning food crops, blasting of villages, napalming and killing of thousands upon thousands of people, as in Vietnam at the present time, I am not going to pay taxes on 1966 income.
  4. "Authors: Florence Howe". feministpress.org. The Feminist Press at City University of New York. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. "Florence Howe, 'Mother of Women's Studies,' Dies at 91". New York Times. 2020-09-13. Retrieved 2020-09-13.