Veteran Feminists of America Obituary



A founder of the National Organization for women, CARL DEGLER died December 27, 2014 at his home on the Stanford campus in California.  He was 93.   

ONE OF THE FIRST TO URGE BETTY FRIEDAN TO START a feminist organization, he was  then teaching at Vassar College,  where  he helped Vassar women to organize for their rights. Born Feb. 6, 1921, in Newark,  his best-known book on women’s history, “At Odds: Women and the Family in America from the Revolution to the Present” (1980), examined in a historical context the tensions between family life and women’s pursuit of autonomy.

He received the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book “Neither Black Nor White,” a comparative history of slavery and race relations in the United States and Brazil.   

VFA joins NOW and all feminists in praising the life of a great male feminist activist.  

Along with the late Richard (Dick) Graham, a former commissioner with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Dr. Degler was one of the two men who were founders of NOW.    

Comments: Jacqui Ceballos


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