Today’s lady to celebrate is Katha Pollitt. She is an American poet, essayist, and feminist. Katha Pollitt’s work includes political and social issues, including abortion rights, racism, welfare reform, feminism, and poverty.
Katha Pollitt explains modern day feminism or identity politics to critics that just don’t get it. She has written for various leading magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic.
Katha Pollitt can be very controversial. She refused to fly the American flag outside her house after 911, Pollitt stated that "The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war…There are no symbolic representations right now for the things the world really needs – equality and justice and humanity and solidarity and intelligence….The globe, not the flag, is the symbol that’s wanted now."
According to the Merriam-webster dictionary jingoism, the feelings and beliefs of people who think that their country is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries.
Katha Pollitt maintains that the feminist movement is still unfinished business. After over 30 years of activism, it is still a male dominated world and women still have to fight for equal representation in the government and other private sector jobs. They still have to fight for equal pay.
Katha Pollitt is in favor of a ban on prostitution arguing that the men would have less access and most women choose not to do it anyhow. On the other hand her critics feel that she out of touch with what women in this profession are going through.