Prominent feminist activist and National Women’s Hall of Famer, Marilyn Fitterman, has released a book titled ‘Why I Marched‘, a memoir of her decade-long fight for women’s rights in the USA.
The book and the values it disseminates can best be captured in the rave reviews it has gathered from the notable figures who have read it. According to Sonia Ossorio, President NOW-NYS & President NOW- NYC: “Marilyn Fitterman led the women’s movement in New York during a tumultuous, yet thrilling era for women’s rights. Never one to mince words or sugarcoat the truth, her memoir is a gripping, funny, and reflective look at life as a leading Second Wave feminist. This book is instructive for social justice activists and all women today”.
“Here’s a personal behind-the-scenes rags-to-politics story of a courageous, effective, feminist activist. Fitterman spent decades on the front lines for abortion rights, birth control, and women’s autonomy. I’m excited about this book; it is a MUST READ”, Bill Baird – of US Supreme Court’s 1972 Baird v. Eisenstadt decision making birth control legal for singles in the US, chipped in.
Lois Shapiro Canter, J. D. – President, Saratoga Foundation for Women WorldWide Inc. & President, Saratoga Unites, Inc. Also had something to say. “In 1989 Fitterman hired me as a lobbyist. Throughout her NOW-NYS presidency, she was a true visionary and brilliant strategist whom I remember whispering at a statewide meeting, “My God, they’re going after birth control.” She saw, before most, the oncoming onslaught against women’s reproductive freedom. She stands throughout time as a beacon and tireless fighter for girls’ and women’s personal dignity.” she remarked.
Marcia Pappas – Past President NOW-NYS & Past NOW-Northeast Regional Director also chipped in with her glowing review: “I always knew I had a voice but never realized how strong it could be until I met Marilyn Fitterman. I thank her for all she gave me… the courage to speak truth to power.”
About the author, Marilyn Fitterman:
Marilyn Fitterman is a feminist activist, mother of five, and grandmother of nine. She served from 1988 to 1992 as President of the National Organization for Women – New York State. She was also National NOW Northeast Regional Director, President of National NOW Presidents’ Caucus, and a co-founder of Long Island, NY NOW-PAC (Political Action Committee). Fitterman also served as Long Island East End NOW President, and in later years chaired the East Hampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force. She is an experienced lobbyist and has often spoken around the country on First Amendment free speech, church/state separation, abortion, and reproductive rights.