|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (July 2010)|
February 10, 1963
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Ethnicity||Russian American, Jewish|
|Occupation||Journalist, writer, research associate|
Cathy Young (born Ekaterina Jung, Russian: Екатерина Юнг, born February 10, 1963) is a Russian American journalist and writer whose work primarily espouses a moderate version of libertarianism. She is the author of two books, a frequent contributor to the libertarian monthly Reason, and a regular columnist for Newsday and RealClearPolitics.com.
Life and career
Born in Moscow, the capital of what was then the Soviet Union, Ekaterina Jung was 17 when her family emigrated to the United States in 1980. She became a naturalized citizen in 1987 as Catherine Alicia Young and graduated from Rutgers University in 1988. At Rutgers she wrote a column for The Daily Targum student newspaper and worked as a student writer for The Detroit News. She also completed her autobiography, Growing Up in Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood, published in 1989.
Continuing her association with The Detroit News, Young was a regular columnist for the newspaper from 1993 to 2000 and worked as a freelance journalist for a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, National Review, Salon.com, The Weekly Standard, and Reason. In her second book, Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality, published in 1999, she criticized both feminism and traditionalism from what she described as a pro-equality point of view, a philosophy which, according to her, may be called "feminism or something else".
From 2000 to 2007, Young wrote a weekly op-ed column for The Boston Globe. In 2008, she began to write a regular column for RealClearPolitics.com. In 2012, she became a weekly columnist for Newsday. Over the years, Young has had a close association with Reason, where she is a contributing editor and was a monthly columnist from 2001 to 2007.
Young is a research associate at the Washington, D.C.-based libertarian think tank Cato Institute, for which she co-authored a 1996 policy analysis paper, "Feminist Jurisprudence: Equal Rights or Neo-Paternalism?". Her writing covers a variety of topics in politics and culture, with particular focus on gender issues and feminism, reflecting an individualist feminist perspective (c.f. Wendy McElroy), frequently agreeing with men's rights activists, while calling them to task for emulating the identity politics associated with some forms of feminism. In addition to appearing on a number of radio and television shows, she has spoken widely on college campuses and, during 2001 and 2002, taught a 3-week gender issues course at Colorado College.
- Growing Up In Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood (1989) (ISBN 0709041306)
- Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality (1999) (ISBN 0684834421)
- Young, Cathy, Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality (N.Y.: Free Press, 1999 (ISBN 0-684-83442-1)), p. 10 (Introduction: The Gender Wars).
- Young, Cathy, Ceasefire!, op. cit., p. 11 (Introduction).
- Young's collected writings at Reason magazine website
- Young's website
- Young's blog
- Cathy Young at the Internet Movie Database