Sheila Tobias, VFA Board Member, Author and Educator

April 26, 1935 - July 6, 2021 As she worked her way through the ranks of academia during the 1960s and '70s, Sheila Tobias kept noticing something: Female students seemed to avoid studying math and science. Tobias, who authored more than 10 books related to math anxiety as well as the military and feminism, spent nearly half of her [...]

2021-07-27T10:16:16+00:00July 27th, 2021|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Shere Hite, Who Challenged Myths of Female Sexuality, Dies at 77

Her 1976 book, ‘The Hite Report,’ touched off ‘a revolution in the bedroom’ and has sold tens of millions of copies. But harsh criticism drove her to self-exile in Europe. Shere Hite, who startled the world in the 1970s with her groundbreaking reports on female sexuality and her conclusion that women did not need conventional sexual intercourse — or [...]

2020-09-14T10:24:16+00:00September 14th, 2020|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Diana E.H. Russell, Writer on Crimes Against Women, Dies at 81

Diana E. H. Russell, world-renowned feminist activist, scholar, and author died July 28th in Oakland, California. She was 81 years old. The cause of her death was respiratory failure. Diana Russell devoted her life to the remediation of crimes against women. She authored numerous books and articles on  marital rape, femicide, incest, misogynist murders of women, and pornography. In addition to [...]

2020-09-14T10:09:49+00:00July 31st, 2020|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Ruth B. Mandel, Voice for Women, Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 81

Ruth Mandel, who ran the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, went on to serve as the Institute director. She was also an official with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, where she bore witness, and worked to educate new generations about learning from the past to inform the [...]

2020-09-14T10:10:27+00:00April 13th, 2020|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Dies at 101

African American mathematician Katherine Johnson began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1953 in a position that was classified as “subprofessional,” not far outranking a secretary or janitor. Nevertheless she persisted: using a slide rule or mechanical calculator in complex calculations her job was to check the work of her superiors — engineers who, unlike her, were [...]

2020-09-14T10:10:42+00:00February 25th, 2020|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Ann Juliano Jawin, 1922 – December 31, 2019

Ann Juliano Jawin, founder of the Center for the Women of New York and a pioneer who dedicated her life to women’s equality and empowerment, died on Dec. 31. She was 97 years old. News of Jawin’s death came less than a month after she celebrated the grand opening of a brand new women’s center in Fort Totten. Members [...]

2020-09-14T10:11:02+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Obituary, Uncategorized|

Ann Snitow Died on August 10, after Finishing her Sixth Book

In "Remembering Ann Snitow, the Feminist Activist Who Embraced Uncertainty," Alix Kates Shulman presents the portrait of the writer, teacher, and unstoppable organizer who was "a founding member of one crucial radical feminist group after another." A founding member of New York Radical Feminists, Snitow also co-founded CARASA (Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse), No More Nice [...]

2020-09-14T10:11:55+00:00August 15th, 2019|Obituary, Uncategorized|