Kate Millett

“Everybody was eager then to talk about women’s liberation. And all these writings, they were very precious to us, like 'Notes from the First Year,' and the 'Second Year,' because they were the vanguard. We were changing the relationship between male and female. Nothing is more basic than that.”

  Photo by Diana Davies

Photo by Diana Davies

Kate Millett is a feminist activist, writer, visual artist, teacher, and human rights advocate and a 2013 Inductee into The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls NY, the birthplace of the American Suffragette Movement. In 1966, Millett became the first Chair of the Education Committee of the newly formed National Organization for Women. Her bestselling book, Sexual Politics (1970), broke new ground examining misogyny and male authors.  Later that year she appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in a portrait by Alice Neel.  Her books cover many interests: The Prostitution Papers, Going to Iran, The Loony-Bin Trip, and the autobiographical Flying.

Throughout her adult life, Millett has worked around the world on behalf of the rights of women, gay liberation, mental patients, and the elderly. She has received numerous awards for her work, including The Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts, and The Lambda Pioneer Literary Award.   She states: “My work is about people and things in cages. It's how I view women’s place in society, capital, housing for the aged and the poor.”