Florence Howe, outstanding graduate student in the Department of English at UW-Madison from 1951-1954, has passed away. Howe was a prominent leader in the world-wide feminist transformation of education, and is widely accepted as the “founding mother” of Women’s Studies, a field she pioneered after she left Wisconsin.
Howe was the founder of the Feminist Press in 1970 and served as its director from 1970-2000. She also served as editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly from 1972-1982. In 2004, UW Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, English, and Afro-American Studies presented Howe with an honorary doctorate.
Additional details of Howe’s life are included in this New York Times piece.