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Alix Kates Shulman

b. August 17, 1932

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Alix Kates Shulman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Writer, poet, playwright, feminist activist, and professor Alix Kates Shulman.

Courtesy of Marion Ettinger.

From her radical marriage contract to her lyrical novels and memoirs, Alix Kates Shulman’s honesty and willingness to share her story helped shape the conversation about women’s liberation. Shulman helped plan the 1968 Miss America Pageant Protest, the first national demonstration for women’s liberation. She then published “A Marriage Agreement,” in which she detailed a fair division of housework between herself and her husband. The article has been regularly reprinted and anthologized in magazines and even a Harvard textbook on contract law. From her bestselling first novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, to her biographies of activist Emma Goldman and Shulman’s accounts of her own life and struggles, her writing has been praised by the New York Times and the Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing for its power and lyricism. Shulman founded a Pacific chapter of No More Nice Girls, an abortion rights group, and has spoken out on her own experiences with abortion. Shulman has taught writing and women’s literature at a number of universities, and continues to write.

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