Advisory Council Biographies

Mary Catherine Bateson is a cultural anthropologist whose books include "Composing a Life" and "With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson."

Evelyn Torton Beck is professor emerita of women’s studies at the University of Maryland, a clinical psychologist, and author of "Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology."

Carol Moseley Braun served as a U.S. Senator and as the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand. She was a presidential primary candidate in 2004.

Ellen Chesler serves as a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the new Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Hunter College’s public policy institute and is author of "Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement."

Judy Collins is a world-renowned singer of traditional and interpretive folk music who has been performing in the service of social causes for more than 40 years. 

Patricia Hill Collins '69, Ph.D. '84, is Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, former head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati and current President of the American Sociological Association Council. She is the author of "Black Feminist Thought."

Eve Ensler is a playwright, the author of "The Vagina Monologues," and the creator of V-Day and its worldwide programs to end violence against women. 

Geraldine Ferraro is a women’s right activist and former member of Congress; in 1984, she was the country’s first woman candidate for vice president.

Carol Gilligan is currently a professor at New York University and a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge. She is best known for her 1982 work, "In a Different Voice."

Galia Golan '60 is professor emerita at Hebrew University, a long-time peace activist, founder of the Israel Women’s Network and a MacArthur Fellow.

Ellen Goodman is a Pulitzer prize-winning, nationally syndicated Boston Globe columnist. The most recent book collection of her columns is "Paper Trail."

Blu Greenberg is co-founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She has published pioneering books including "On Women and Judaism."

Evelynn Hammonds is senior vice provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University. Previously she was a professor of history of science and African-American Studies at Harvard. She is the author of "Childhood's Deadly Scourge."

Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning journalist, is a CNN correspondent and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA. Her books include the acclaimed memoir "Raising Raul."

Gish Jen is a writer of fiction whose first novel, "Typical American," was a finalist for the National Book Award. "The Love Wife" is her most recent book.

Jamaica Kincaid, a native of Antigua, is an award-winning author of more than 10 books including "Annie John" and "Lucy." She teaches creative writing at Bennington College and Harvard University.

Gerda Lerner D. Lett. ’89 is a pioneering women’s historian. Her many books include "The Majority Finds Its Past" and "The Creation of Patriarchy."

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Ph.D. ’73, is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a poet, memoirist, novelist and critic. "Joss and Gold" is her most recent book.

Alicia Suskin Ostriker ’59 is a poet, scholar and Rutgers professor who has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. Her latest book is "The Volcano Sequence."

Patricia Schroeder served 12 terms in Congress and chaired its Caucus on women’s issues. She has written "24 Years of House Work…and the Place is Still a Mess."

Gloria Steinem is a founder of Ms. Magazine and the National Women’s Political Caucus and author of "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions and Revolution from Within."

Patricia J. Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University and a MacArthur Fellow whose books include "The Alchemy of Race" and "Rights and Open House."