Marilyn Salzman Webb

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Marilyn Webb, also known as Marilyn Salzman Webb (born 1942), is an American activist, author, journalist, and professor.[1][2][3][4]

In 1969, the New Left, including Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), of which Webb was a part,[3] was present at a Counter-Inaugural to Richard Nixon's first inauguration, at which the antiwar leader Dave Dellinger, serving as master of ceremonies, incorrectly announced, "The women have asked all the men to leave the stage."[5] After that, Webb attempted to speak about women's oppression, and SDS men heckled her, shouting, "Take her off the stage and fuck her!" and so forth until she was drowned out.[5][6][7][8] Later Webb received a threatening phone call which she thought was from Cathy Wilkerson, but that was not confirmed, and it may have been from a government agent.[7] In any case, the call contributed to driving apart outspoken feminists in the national SDS and people who put anti-racist and anti-war work before feminism and went toward the Weathermen.[7]

Webb, Heidi Steffens, Marlene Wicks, Colette Reid, and Norma Lesser formed the original off our backs collective; off our backs was a feminist periodical founded in 1970.[9][10] Webb also founded the first women's groups in Chicago and Washington D.C.[2]

Webb wrote The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life (1997), for which she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.[4][11] She co-edited Talking Poetics from Naropa Institute: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Volumes One and Two, with Anne Waldman.[12] She also wrote and edited for many periodicals, and was editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, for which she led a redesign.[4]

She ran for mayor of Galesburg, Illinois in April 2009.[13]

She taught at Columbia University and Knox College, founding a new journalism program at the latter.[2][4] She also founded a women's studies program at Goddard College.[2]

She was interviewed as part of the documentary Rebels with a Cause.[14] She is also featured in the feminist history film She's Beautiful When She's Angry.[15][16]


  1. ^ Barbara J. Love (22 September 2006). Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. pp. 482–. ISBN 978-0-252-09747-8.
  2. ^ a b c d "Marilyn Webb — She's Beautiful When She's Angry". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  3. ^ a b "Rebels with a Cause". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  4. ^ a b c d "Marilyn Webb - Knox College". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  5. ^ a b clarissakennedyjacob (2013-05-06). "Susan Faludi on Shulamith Firestone, The New Yorker | The Women & Film Project". Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  6. ^ Dan Berger (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press. p. 365. ISBN 978-1-904859-41-3.
  7. ^ a b c Doug Rossinow (January 1998). The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America. Columbia University Press. p. 441. ISBN 978-0-231-11057-0.
  8. ^ Gessen, Keith (2012-09-26). "n+1: On Shulamith Firestone, Part One". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  9. ^ Brownmiller, Susan (2000). In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution. New York: Dial Press. ISBN 978-0-385-31486-2. OCLC 41885669.
  10. ^ Marilyn Jacoby Boxer (30 August 2001). When Women Ask the Questions: Creating Women's Studies in America. JHU Press. pp. 132–. ISBN 978-0-8018-6811-5.
  11. ^ Marilyn Webb (1 January 1997). The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-09555-5.
  12. ^ "Talking Poetics from Naropa Institute". Anne Waldman. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  13. ^ TIMMONS, ERIC. "Nine vie for Galesburg mayor".
  14. ^ "Rebels With a Cause film and book, Prairie Radical book". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  15. ^ "The Women".
  16. ^ "The Film — She's Beautiful When She's Angry". Retrieved 2017-04-28.