Kate Swift

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Kate Swift (December 9, 1923 – May 7, 2011) was an American feminist writer and editor who co-wrote (with Casey Miller, her business partner and platonic domestic partner) influential books and articles about sexism in the English language.[1][2][3][4] Their early works included the Ms. Magazine article "Desexing the Language" (1971), and the New York Times Magazine piece "One Small Step for Genkind" (1972).[3] The latter grew into the book Words and Women: A New Language in New Times (1976, rev. 1991).[3][4] In 1980, they followed with The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing.[5]


In 1977, Swift became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP).[6] WIFP is an American nonprofit publishing organization. The organization works to increase communication between women and connect the public with forms of women-based media.