writer, political activist
Birthplace: Butte, Montana
A social activist and a feminist, Ehrenreich has written on the subjects of healthcare, class, families, and sex. Among her most well-respected—and controversial—books are The American Health Empire: Power, Profits, and Politics (1970), For Her Own Good: One Hundred Fifty Years of the Experts' Advice to Women (1978), and The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment (1983). Originally a biologist who earned her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University (1968), Ehrenreich became involved in political activism during the Vietnam War and has written professionally ever since. Her first novel was Kipper's Game (1993).