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Robin Morgan

Robin Morgan

An award-winning writer, feminist leader, political analyst, journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, Robin Morgan has published 21 books, including six of poetry, four of fiction, and the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever.
Her work has been translated into 13 languages. A founder of contemporary U.S. feminism, she has also been a leader in the international women’s movement for 25 years. Recent books include A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999; Saturday’s Child: A Memoir; her best-selling The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism, updated and reissued in 2001; and her novel, The Burning Time. Her nonfiction work, Fighting Words: A Tool Kit for Combating the Religious Right, came out in September 2006. She hosts "Women's Media Center Live," the radio "talk-show with a brain."

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The Major News Story Nobody’s Running

The Major News Story Nobody’s Running

December 11, 2013

A new policy proposal to the UN threatens to undo decades of progress in the fight against prostitution. Robin Morgan asks: Why isn’t this considered news? More »

Cry Foul at Wimbledon

July 11, 2013

Some media outlets proclaimed that this week's Wimbledon winner was the first from Britain in 77 years. In saying so, they erased not one, but four, female champions. More »

Action Alert & Interview Transcript: Saudi Activist Women Facing Jail for Bringing Abused Woman Food

Action Alert & Interview Transcript: Saudi Activist Women Facing Jail for Bringing Abused Woman Food

June 30, 2013

Two Saudi women’s rights activists, Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, have been sentenced to 10 months in prison plus a two-year travel ban thereafter—for “encouraging" a French Canadian woman "to defy" her allegedly abusive Saudi husband. More »

Reassuring Men—The Real Issue Behind Gun Control

Reassuring Men—The Real Issue Behind Gun Control

April 13, 2013

In a witty "Fighting Words" commentary just broadcast on Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, the author helps men come to terms with gun control. More »

The Personal Is Political—Yet Again

The Personal Is Political—Yet Again

April 8, 2013

The poet, author, and feminist activist takes on a new challenge in this essay, adapted from her commentary on WMC Live With Robin Morgan. More »

Witch Burnings in Papua New Guinea—in 2013!

Witch Burnings in Papua New Guinea—in 2013!

February 28, 2013

First delivered on "Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan," this "Fighting Words" commentary demands action in response to a horrifying news story reported by journalist Jo Chandler. More »

Dr. Vandana Shiva—The New Delhi Rape and Globalization

Dr. Vandana Shiva—The New Delhi Rape and Globalization

February 11, 2013

Dr. Vandana Shiva, economist, environmentalist, and feminist, spoke of the public outcry in India and how the devaluing of women in a global economy set the stage for the New Delhi rape. Adapted from a conversation broadcast last month on Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan. More »

The Longest, Darkest Night of the Year

The Longest, Darkest Night of the Year

December 19, 2012

This commentary on gun violence will be featured on Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan on Saturday, December 22, at 11 AM ET on CBS radio 1580 in the Washington, D.C., area and streaming from WMCLive.com. More »

Behind the Headlines—Sharing the Spotlight with David Petraeus

Behind the Headlines—Sharing the Spotlight with David Petraeus

November 17, 2012

The judgment of the media falls unevenly on the primary players in the soap opera that has engulfed the nation, as a WMC co-founder explains in this commentary broadcast earlier today on Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan. More »

Letters from Ground Zero IV

Letters from Ground Zero IV

November 3, 2012

Robin Morgan asks us to avert the "far bigger storm than Sandy looming" by going to the polls Tuesday—in this commentary delivered today on her radio talk-show, "Women's Media Center Live." More »

Faith-healing: A Modest Proposal on Religious Fundamentalism

Faith-healing: A Modest Proposal on Religious Fundamentalism

January 23, 2012

Author and WMC Co-founder Robin Morgan struggles to understand the faith-based madness that seems to surround us. More »

Occupying the Occupy Movement

Occupying the Occupy Movement

January 3, 2012

An Occupy movement for 2012 could gain strength and staying-power with strategies suggested by an emerging feminist critique. More »

When Bad News is Good News—Notes of a Feminist News Junkie

When Bad News is Good News—Notes of a Feminist News Junkie

May 23, 2011

WMC Cofounder Robin Morgan on surrealism and sexual predators. More »

“In Cairo: A Birth” a Poem by Egyptian Feminist Writer Mona Helmy

“In Cairo: A Birth” a Poem by Egyptian Feminist Writer Mona Helmy

February 11, 2011

Egyptian feminist writer Mona Helmy celebrates a fragile beginning of life in her poem, transliterated by Robin Morgan. More »

Moose, Mousse, and Spalinism

Moose, Mousse, and Spalinism

October 31, 2008

Here, Robin Morgan takes aim at a few “feminists” who have taken to the blogways lately to support John McCain and Sarah Palin. Their reasoning is flawed, says Morgan, to say the least. More »

Finally! The UN Gets One Right

Finally! The UN Gets One Right

August 4, 2008

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously confirmed Secretary General BanKi-Moon’s appointment for\the post of UN high commissioner for human rights: the distinguished South African jurist Navanethem (“Navi”) Pillay. Women’s rights activists around the world can celebrate. More »

Goodbye To All That (#2)

Goodbye To All That (#2)

February 2, 2008

“Goodbye To All That” was Robin Morgan's (in)famous 1970 essay breaking free from a politics of accommodation especially affecting women. During her decades in civil-rights, anti-war, and contemporary women’s movements, she's avoided writing another specific “Goodbye . . .” But not since the suffrage struggle have two communities—joint conscience-keepers of this country—been so set in competition, as the contest between Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) and Barack Obama (BO) unfurls. So... More »

Robin Morgan and Anna Quindlen on the Media, Politics, and Change

Robin Morgan and Anna Quindlen on the Media, Politics, and Change

April 22, 2007

Robin Morgan and Anna Quindlen discuss the media, politics and change. Excerpted below, this conversation is the beginning of a series of conversations sponsored by the Women’s Media Center. More »

The Surge: Moral Waivers and Legal Triage

The Surge: Moral Waivers and Legal Triage

January 18, 2007

Brace yourself. Bush’s Iraq escalation, euphemized as “surge,” sends just over 20,000 more troops into that bottomless pit, and flirts with an invasion of Iran. But because Iraq has depleted our armed forces—and recruitment levels plummet as our population wises up—Bush’s plan requires still more: the entire Army active-duty force must swell to 547,000 over the next five years (an increase of 39,000), and the Marine Corps grow by 23,000 (to 202,000). Constitutionally, Congress must approve or disapprove the expansion—but one never knows whether this particular executive branch recognizes that the legislative (or judicial) branches exist. More »

Manhood and Moral Waivers

Manhood and Moral Waivers

August 8, 2006

Her birthday is August 19, her death day March 12. We cannot let this crime, too, pass into oblivion. More »