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Meredith Tax

Biographical note:

Meredith Tax has been a writer and political activist since the late 1960s. She has written essays, histories, novels, and children's books, and worked in Bread and Roses in Boston, the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, and the Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse in New York. She was also active in the antiwar movement and for public school reform. Her essay, "Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Everyday Life," is considered a founding document of the US women's liberation movement.

Tax has written a history book, The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917; two historical novels, Rivington Street and Union Square, and a children's picture book, Families, which became a censorship case in 1993 when it was attacked by the Christian Coalition for its non-traditional approach to family structure. She also writes political and literary essays, frequently for The Nation. In 1986, Tax initiated the PEN American Center Women's Committee with Grace Paley; she became founding Chair of the International PEN Women Writers Committee in 1991; and President of Women's WORLD in 1994. In addition to her work for Women's WORLD, Tax is a member of the Executive Committee, Brit Tzedek va Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.

 

Bibliography:

  • Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Daily Life. Boston: New England Free Press, 1970.
  • The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917. 1980. Reprint. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
  • Rivington Street. 1982. Reprint. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
  • Union Square. 1988. Reprint. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
  • Families. Illustrated by Marylin Hafner. 1992. Reprint. New York: Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 1996.
  • "For the People Hear Us Singing, 'Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!" In The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation. Edited by Rachel Blau Duplessis and Ann Snitow. New York: Crown Publishers, 1998.
  • "World Culture War." The Nation, May 17, 1999.
  • "Not in Our Name." The Nation, June 4, 2001.
  • "There was a young woman who swallowed a lie." Words, Meredith Tax; music, Alan Mills, Peer International; Peter Alsop; band, FS.

Links

Audiotape: interview, We've Come a Long Way Baby…or Have We? Radio Nation, May 1999.

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