Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Lettie Cottin Pogrebin at Jewish Women's Archive event, March 18, 2012.jpg
Letty Cottin Pogrebin at the JWA Making Trouble/Making History luncheon on March 18, 2012.
Born (1939-06-09) June 9, 1939 (age 77)
Queens, New York, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Writer, journalist
Movement Feminism
Website http://www.lettycottinpogrebin.com

Loretta[1] "Letty" Cottin Pogrebin (born June 9, 1939) is an American author, journalist, lecturer, and social activist.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in English and American literature, and worked for the publishing company Bernard Geis Associates as their director of publicity and later their vice president.[3][4] She also wrote a column for Ladies Home Journal called “The Working Woman," and was an editorial consultant for the TV special Free to Be... You and Me (as well as for the album and book associated with it) for which she earned an Emmy.[3][4]

She was a founding editor of Ms. Magazine, and a cofounder of Ms. Foundation for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus.[3][4][5]

In 1976, the first women-only Passover seder was held in Esther M. Broner's New York City apartment and led by Broner, with 13 women attending, including Pogrebin.[6]

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Pogrebin's name and picture.[7]

In 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which inspired her book How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick.[8]

She was featured (among others) in the 2013 documentary film Makers: Women Who Make America.[9]

Pogrebin is a life member of Hadassah, and in 2013 was awarded that year's Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah’s Southern New Jersey Region.[10]

She is a board member of (among other organizations) the Director’s Council of the Women in Religion Program at the Harvard Divinity School, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University.[11]

With management-side labor lawyer Bert Pogrebin, a partner at Littler Mendelson, she is the mother of identical twin daughters, Robin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin, and a son, David. She is the grandmother of six.


  • How to Make It in a Man’s World (1970)
  • Free to Be You and Me (1972) (consulting editor)
  • Getting Yours: How to Make the System Work for the Working Woman (1976)
  • Growing Up Free: Raising Your Child in the 80s (1980)
  • Family Politics: Love and Power on an Intimate Frontier (1983)
  • Stories for Free Children (1983) (editor)
  • Free to Be...A Family (1987) (consulting editor)
  • Among Friends: Who We Like, Why We Like Them and What We Do with Them (1988)
  • Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America (1991)
  • Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey (1996)
  • Three Daughters (2003)
  • Second chapter of Transforming the Faiths of our Fathers: Women who Changed American Religion (2004)
  • How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick (2013)
  • Single Jewish Male Seeking Soulmate (2015)


  1. ^ "'A Shtetl in Manhattan'". Forward.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Letty Cottin Pogrebin". Psychologytoday.com. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pogrebin, Letty Cottin". Jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Ms. Magazine Online | Winter 2009". Msmagazine.com. 2001-12-31. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  6. ^ This Week in History – E.M. Broner publishes "The Telling" | Jewish Women's Archive. Jwa.org (1 March 1993). Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  7. ^ Wulf, Steve (2015-03-23). "Supersisters: Original Roster". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Hand in Hand through the 'Land of the Sick'". Wsrp.hds.harvard.edu. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Making of American Feminism". The Jewish Daily Forward. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Author describes return to Judaism". New Jersey Jewish News - NJJN. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "MAKERS: Women Who Make America". The Hewitt Times. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

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