Florence Howe

Florence Howe’s Feminist Press not only created a platform for modern feminist authors and scholars but helped the American public rediscover amazing women authors who had been long forgotten. A graduate of Hunter College with an MA in English from Smith College, Howe began teaching at Hofstra and Queens College before becoming an assistant professor at Goucher College, where she founded the Feminist Press. The press published feminist books ranging from children’s literature to black women’s studies, but became best known for rediscovering women authors who had been out of print for decades or even centuries, such as Rebecca Harding Davis, whose bestseller The Iron Mills had been forgotten by American audiences. Howe also wrote several books of her own, from the poetry collection No More Masks to The Impact of Women’s Studies on the Curriculum and the Disciplines. She went on to become professor emerita at the City University of New York and co-director of Women Writing Africa.


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Founder of Feminist Press, publisher, editor, writer, poet, and professor, Florence Howe.

Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Florence Howe." (Viewed on June 19, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/howe-florence>.


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