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Alix Kates Shulman (born August 17, 1932) is an American writer of fiction, memoirs, and essays, as well as one of the early radical feminist activists of feminism's Second Wave. She is best known for her bestselling debut, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (Knopf, 1972), "one of the first novels to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement" (Oxford Companion to Women's Writing). The novel examines the contradictions and pressures on a young woman of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s through the story of Sasha Davis from childhood through marriage and motherhood. Almost continually in print, it was reissued in a 25th anniversary edition in 1997 by Penguin and in a 35th anniversary "Feminist Classics" edition in 2007 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
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She is also author of the controversial "A Marriage Agreement," which proposes that men and women split childcare and housework equally and details a method for doing so. First published in the feminist journal Up From Under in 1969, it was widely reproduced in magazines (Life, Redbook, Ms., New York) and anthologies, including a Harvard textbook on contract law. It continues to be debated, for instance in January 2007 in a Washington Post Blog.
Shulman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Case Western Reserve University, where she discovered her interest in philosophy.. She then moved to New York City in 1953 to study philosophy at the Columbia University Graduate School. In 1967 she first became involved in the Women's Liberation Movement (WLM) in New York City by participating in the monthly discussion group, New York Radical Women; she subsequently joined several small consciousness raising women's groups (Redstockings, WITCH, New York Radical Feminists), and feminist political action groups (CARASA, No More Nice Girls, Feminist Futures, Take Back the Future). She was one of the planners of the first national demonstration of WLM, which catapulted WLM to national attention, the August 1968 Miss America Protest Demonstration in Atlantic City, a protest against oppressive beauty standards, which was a major theme of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen. In 1985 she helped found a Pacific branch of No More Nice Girls in Honolulu, HI.
Her second novel, Burning Questions (Knopf, 1978), recreates the rise of WLM and sets it in a historical context. Her third novel, On the Stroll [Knopf, 1981], takes on the themes of homelessness and abuse through the story of a shopping-bag lady and a teenage runaway who is preyed upon by a pimp over the course of one summer. Her fourth novel, In Every Woman's Life... [Knopf, 1987]), explores marriage, children, and singleness in a contemporary comedy of manners. After that, in her next three books, she turned to memoirs: Drinking the Rain [FSG, 1995], about her experience of living alone on an island without electricity, road, or phone, as she undergoes a midlife change; A Good Enough Daughter [Schocken, 1997], about her life as a daughter to loving parents whom she sees through their deaths; and To Love What Is [FSG, 2008], an account of caring for her husband following a 2004 accident that left him seriously brain-impaired. In addition, she has written two books on anarchist-feminist Emma Goldman (To The Barricades [T.Y.Crowell, 1971], Red Emma Speaks: An Emma Goldman Reader [Random House 1972]), and three children's books (Bosley on the Number Line[McKay, 1970], Finders Keepers [Bradbury Press, 1971], Awake or Asleep [Addison Wesley, 1971]).
Shulman has taught writing and women's literature widely in the U.S., including at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu), where she held the Citizens Chair in 1991-2; also at the University of Maine, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Yale. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Case Western Reserve University in 2001.