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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.
Loretta Cottin

(1939-06-09) June 9, 1939 (age 81)
Queens, New York, New York, US
OccupationWriter, journalist
Spouse(s)Bert Pogrebin
Children3 including Abigail Pogrebin and Robin Pogrebin

Loretta[1] "Letty" Cottin Pogrebin (born June 9, 1939) is an American author, journalist, lecturer, and social activist.[2] She is a founding editor of Ms. magazine, the author of eleven books,[3] 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.[4][5]

Early life and education

Pogrebin was born to a Conservative Jewish family in Queens, the daughter of Cyral (née Halpern) and Jacob Cottin.[6] Her father was a lawyer who was active in the Jewish community and her mother was a designer.[6] She attended the Yeshiva of Central Queens and the Jamaica Jewish Center Hebrew High School.[6] After graduating from Jamaica High School[7] in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, she earned a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in English and American literature[5] in 1959.[6]


She was a founding editor of Ms. Magazine[8] and a cofounder of Ms. Foundation for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus.[5]

From 1960 to 1970, she worked for the publishing company Bernard Geis Associates as their director of publicity and later their vice president.[9] From 1970 to 1980, she wrote a column for Ladies Home Journal called "The Working Woman."[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.[10]

in 1977, Pogrebin became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP).[11] 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.

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Pogrebin's name and picture.[12]

She authored How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick, a guide, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.[8]

She was featured (among others) in the 2013 documentary film Makers: Women Who Make America.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Personal life

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)
  • Stories for Free Children (1982) (editor)
  • Family Politics: Love and Power on an Intimate Frontier (1983)
  • 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)
  • How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick (2013)
  • Single Jewish Male Seeking Soulmate (2015)


  1. ^ "'A Shtetl in Manhattan'". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Letty Cottin Pogrebin". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Home". Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  4. ^ "Pogrebin, Letty Cottin". Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Profile: Letty Cottin Pogrebin". Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  6. ^ a b c d Schneider, Susan Weidman. "Letty Cottin Pogrebin b. 1939". Jewish Women's Archive.
  7. ^ Vescey, George (April 17, 1992). "Sports of The Times; St. John's Must Hire Noo Yawker". The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b "Hand in Hand through the 'Land of the Sick'". Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Pogrebin, Letty Cottin". Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  10. ^ "This Week in History – E.M. Broner publishes "The Telling"". Jewish Women's Archive. 1 March 1993. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Associates". The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  12. ^ Wulf, Steve (2015-03-23). "Supersisters: Original Roster". Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  13. ^ "The Making of American Feminism". The Jewish Daily Forward. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Author describes return to Judaism". New Jersey Jewish News - NJJN. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  15. ^ "MAKERS: Women Who Make America". The Hewitt Times. Retrieved 30 November 2014.

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