Letty Cottin Pogrebin
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|Letty Cottin Pogrebin|
Letty Cottin Pogrebin at the JWA Making Trouble/Making History luncheon on March 18, 2012.
June 9, 1939 |
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Education||Jamaica High School (New York City)|
|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, and activist|
|Board member of||Americans for Peace Now, the Ms. Foundation for Education & Communication, The Free to Be Foundation, the Harvard Divinity School Women Studies in Religion Program, and the Brandeis University Women's and Gender Studies Program|
|Spouse(s)||Bertrand B. Pogrebin|
|Children||Abigail Pogrebin; Robin Pogrebin; David Pogrebin|
Letty Cottin Pogrebin (born June 9, 1939) is an American author, journalist, nationally-known lecturer, and social justice activist. Her tenth book, How to Be A Friend to A Friend Who’s Sick, was published in April 2013. She has published articles in "The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Times, Toronto Star, The Nation, Harpers Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Family Circle, and Good Housekeeping." She continuously writes columns for Moment magazine. She wrote "The Working Woman" column in The Ladies Home Journal for ten years.
A co-founder with Gloria Steinem of Ms. Magazine, a mass market feminist alternative to traditional women's media, Pogrebin also has contributed hundreds of articles and op-eds to a wide variety of print publications, including The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsday, Ms., Harpers Bazaar, Family Circle, MORE, Travel & Leisure, as well as online media such as The Huffington Post and Forward.com.
Letty Cottin was born to observant Jewish parents, Jacob Cottin, a lawyer, and Cyral (née Halpern) Cottin, and was raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. In 1952, she became one of the first girls to celebrate a bat mitzvah in Conservative Judaism. When her mother, Cyral, died of cancer in 1955, Pogrebin was prevented from saying the Kaddish, the traditional memorial prayer, because women were not counted in the minyan, the quorum of ten required for public prayer. After she was not allowed in the minyan, she decided to walk away from Judaism. It took her fifteen years to go back to it. She came back once they stopped excluding women from the practice. Women were finally allowed to be a part of the minyan in the 1980s. It was not until 1985 when there was the first women rabbi. When women were still not able to be counted as a minyan, many feminist refrained from telling other that they were Jewish. Cottin was one of the first feminist to let everyone know that she was a feminist and Jewish."In 1975, at the United Nations Conference on Women, the women's movement passed a platform declaring that "Zionism is Racism," and Letty challenged the anti-Israeli prejudice and anti-semitism in the women's movement by writing articles about it in Ms. and other publications."
She graduated from Jamaica High School at age 16, and from Brandeis University at age 19, earning a B.A. cum laude with Distinction in English and American Literature. In her first career in the book publishing business, she worked her way up to become Vice President at Bernard Geis Associates, a small New York publishing house. She became an author herself and a full-time professional writer when her first book, How To Make It In A Man’s World, was published in 1970. Her essays have been included in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks.
Breast cancer battle
Her latest book, How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who's Sick, was inspired by her recent experience with breast cancer during which she became fascinated by her friends' reactions to her after they knew her diagnosis.
Pogrebin is well known for her advocacy journalism and her activism on behalf of women’s equality, authors' rights, peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and inter-group understanding. She is a past president of The Authors Guild, a past president of Americans for Peace Now, and a current board member of many organizations including the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, the Director's Council of the Women in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, and the Women and Gender Studies Program at Brandeis University, and The Authors Guild.
She has co-founded several inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue groups, among them the International Center for Peace in the Middle East, a Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue group that convenes monthly. She also co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the Free to Be Foundation.
Apart from being an activist, Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a writer. She writes both articles and books. She has a total of ten books so far and a lot of them are about her giving advice to her audience. Her most recent book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who is Sick, was written because she noticed how different people acted with her after they knew that she had breast cancer. She became fascinated with how they did not know how to react around her anymore. Some people spoke too much others and others simply said the wrong things. In writing her advice for this book, she had a lot of help from people who were suffering from serious injuries. She spoke to many veterans and patients at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She asked them what type of reactions or responses they would want or not want from the individuals that know about their illness. Even though she did have a lot of help from others, she did manage to still make it personal. She added things that she went through during her time dealing with breast cancer. Whether the person reading it was ill or knew someone who was, they found the book to be enjoyable and helpful. While this is her most current book, she has written others.
Another book she is well known for is Getting Over Getting Older which was written in 1996. The book is about what women feel once they are beginning to get older, but they do not feel old yet. She mentions the challenges that she went through as she was getting older. Some of those challenges was her body changes, trying to grow with technology, realizing what you really what you finally wanted to do in life, the change in wardrobe, and realizing that the people some one is closest too, will not be there forever. A lot of the women who is that same age or that same area, enjoy the books greatly.
Letty Cottin is also known for her book Three daughters. This book is the only novel she has written. It is a wonderful story about secrets that are kept within a family and the love that is shared between three sisters. The sisters, which are married, are interested in hearing what happened in the past with their families, but their parents do not give in; it is difficult for them to make their parents talk about their past. The three daughters names are Shoshanna, Leah, and Rachel. Although they are sisters, they are all different. Shoshanna likes to control everything and she is the one who is trying to get along with her sisters and her father again. Leah is an English teacher who and speaks the language great, but she also has no filter when it comes to saying bad words. Rachel is the one who loses a lot of what she had. She watches her world crumble down right before her eyes. Not until her life changes, is when she finally knows the person that she was meant to be.
- In 1969 and 1976, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America[clarification needed]
- In 1974 she earned an Emmy Award for her contribution to Free to Be...You and Me.
- She received the “Gloria Steinem Women of Vision” Award and earned Elle magazine Readers’ Prize in 2002.
-  She got a University Poynter Fellowship in Journalism award
- In 2012 she received the “Making Trouble, Making History” Award from the Jewish Women’s Archive.
Letty Cottin married Bertrand B. Pogrebin, an attorney specializing in Labor and Employment Law, in 1963. They have three grown children – Abigail, an author; Robin, a New York Times reporter who covers culture; and David, who works in hospitality.
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