Katherine Murray “Kate” Millett (born September 14, 1934) is an American feminist writer, educator, artist, and activist. She has been described as “a seminal influence on second-wave feminism”, and is best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics, which was her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University. Journalist Liza Featherstone attributes previously unimaginable “legal abortion, greater professional equality between the sexes and a sexual freedom” being made possible partially due to Millett’s efforts.
Her books were motivated by her activism, such as woman’s rights and mental health reform, and several were autobiographical memoirs that explored her sexuality, mental health, and relationships. Mother Millett and The Loony Bin Trip, for instance, dealt with family issues and the times when she was involuntarily committed. Besides appearing in a number of documentaries, she produced Three Lives and wrote Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography.
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Kate attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors by St. Hilda’s.