Women’s History Month: Florence Howes

Posted: 30th March 2022

Today our History Department are celebrating the work of Florence Howes. Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Howe was introduced to feminism when she participated in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s. During that time she taught at a Freedom School in Mississippi as part of an effort to close the educational opportunity gap for black children.

An avid feminist author, she was later celebrated by journalist Gloria Steinem as she “created an opening for hundreds of women writers and thousands of readers, both women and men, by the revolutionary idea that women’s words should not be confined to letters and diaries, but should be out there changing the world,”.

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