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Vivian Gornick

Vivian Gornick chronicled her own feminist awakening and that of the country through both her journalism for the Village Voice and her powerful memoirs. Gornick earned an MA from NYU in 1960 and briefly taught English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Hunter College before joining the staff of the Village Voice in 1969. During her tenure there, she also wrote for The Nation, the New York Times, and the Atlantic, among others. Her writing was often personal, reflecting her own experiences with the more revolutionary aspects of the feminist movement, and comparing sexism to anti-Semitism for the ways it defines a group as other and bars those people from participating fully in society. She left the Village Voice in 1977 but continued to write both memoirs and discussions of feminism, such as Women in Science: A World in Transition in 1983 and Fierce Attachments: A Memoir in 1987. She continues to write and lecture in New York.

Date of Birth
June 14, 1935
Place of Birth
Bronx, New York

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Vivian Gornick." (Viewed on January 18, 2018) <>.


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