Robin Morgan

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Robin Morgan

Robin Morgan (born January 29, 1941) is an American activist, poet, and actress. She is most well known for her work as a key member of the feminist movement. She is most well known for organizing the 1968 Miss America Protest in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Early life[change | change source]

She attended The Wetter School in Mount Vernon, and graduated in the year 1956.[1] Although, after finishing her high school degree, her mother did not let her attend a formal university. Instead, she had a private tutor teach her college level courses and took some classes from Columbia University as a part-time student there.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Her career started very young as a child model and actress. In 1945, she had her own radio show called The Little Robin Morgan Show[1]. At that same time, she appeared multiple times as a consistent guest star on Juvenile Jury.[1] Her best known work as an actress was on Mama, where she was one of the main characters for 7 years.[1]

Then, at age 14 she decided to switch her focus to her writing. Starting in the 1950s, she published her poems and other writing pieces. In the 1960s, she also worked as a literary agent and freelance editor in New York City.[1]

In 1968, she helped to organize the Miss America Protest in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[2] This protest fought to end the Miss America annual beauty pageants because they enforced sexist beauty standards.[3] This work spurred her on to join more committees and have a larger voice in the feminist movement as well as other activist movements. From 1989 to 1994 she was the editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine, the first national liberal feminist news magazine.[1]

She did most of her activism work during the late 1900’s and early 2000’s. She has protested both nationally and globally. Her other work nationally includes protesting against pornography in the media, unequal pay, sexual harassment and assault, and many more feminist issues.[4] Globally she traveled all around the world (especially in the late 1980’s) to fight for women's rights, racial equality, and more.[4] Her career started as a child actress and model, before she ultimately decided to focus on her writing.[1]

She is now an award-winning author who has published poetry, nonfiction books, and fictional novels. She has also founded and/or been an important member of the National Battered Women's Refuge Network, the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Women's Media Center, the National Network of Rape Crisis Centers, the Feminist Writers' Guild, the Women's Foreign Policy Council, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, the Anti-Vietnam War movement,, New York Radical Women, W.I.T.C.H., and Greenstone Women's Radio Network. Now, she also works as a lecturer across the globe in universities and workplace settings. She also still is publishing her writing work.

Publications[change | change source]

In order of date published:[5]

  • Saturday’s Child – 1950
  • Monster – 1972
  • Lady of the Beasts – 1976
  • Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist – 1977
  • Death Benefits: Poems – 1981
  • Against Sadomasochism – 1982
  • Death Perceptions: Poems and a Masque – 1982
  • The Anatomy of Freedom – 1982
  • Sisterhood is Global – 1984
  • Dry Your Smile: A Novel – 1987
  • Manpower – 1987
  • Bullion, Brink's-Mat: The Story of Britain's Biggest Gold Robbery – 1988
  • The Demon Lover – 1989
  • Upstairs in the Garden – 1990
  • The Mer-Child: A Legend for Children and Other Adults – 1991
  • The Word of a Woman – 1992
  • A Hot January – 1999
  • Sisterhood is Forever – 2003
  • Chasing a Dream: Poems – 2006
  • Fighting Words: A Toolkit for Combating the Religious Right – 2006
  • The Burning Time – 2006
  • I Kissed A Ghost – 2012
  • Micro Fiction: An Anthology – 2014
  • Icky Sticky Prickly Pine – 2015
  • Dark Matter: New Poems – 2018
  • Parallax: A Novel – 2019
  • Parallax: New Poems – 2019

Filmography[change | change source]

In order of date released:[6]

  • Citizen Saint 1947
  • Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series) 1951
  • Suspense (TV Series) 1951
  • Mr. I. Magination (TV Series) 1952
  • Danger (TV Series) 1952
  • Mama (TV Series) 1949-1956
  • Kraft Theatre (TV Series) 1954
  • Pond Theaters (TV Series) 1954
  • Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) 1955-1956
  • Juvenile Jury (TV Series) 1955
  • Star Stage (TV Series) 1955
  • The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) 1956
  • Not A Love Story: A Film About Pornography (Documentary) 1981
  • American Experience (TV Series documentary) 2002
  • 1968 with Tom Brokaw (TV Movie documentary) 2007
  • The Seventies (TV Mini Series documentary) 2015
  • 1968: The Year That Changed America (TV Series documentary) 2018
  • Freethought Matters (TV Series) 2021

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Poets, Academy of American. "About Robin Morgan | Academy of American Poets". Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  2. Hanscom, Leslie (17 July 1977). "From 'I Remember Mama' to Radical Feminism: Talks To Robin Morgan". Newsday. pp. B18. Retrieved 18 Apr 2022.
  3. Bieschke, Marke (2020). Into The Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States. Minneapolis: Zest Books. pp. 74–77. ISBN 978-1-5415-7904-0.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Robin Morgan". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  5. Poets, Academy of American. " | Academy of American Poets". Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  6. "Robin Morgan". IMDb. Retrieved 2022-04-21.