Wife Sophie Keir

Queer Places:
University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PA
Columbia University (Ivy League), 116th St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Bryn Mawr College (Seven Sisters), 101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Barnard College (Seven Sisters), 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
University of California, 110 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
295 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
Millett Center for the Arts, 20 Old Overlook Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Katherine Murray Millett (September 14, 1934 – September 6, 2017) was an American feminist writer, educator, artist, and activist. She attended the University of Oxford and was the first American woman to be awarded a degree with first-class honors after studying at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She has been described as "a seminal influence on second-wave feminism", and is best known for her book Sexual Politics (1970),[1] which was based on her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University. Journalist Liza Featherstone attributes the attainment of previously unimaginable "legal abortion, greater professional equality between the sexes, and a sexual freedom" in part to Millett's efforts.[2] The feminist, human rights, peace, civil rights, and anti-psychiatry movements were some of Millett's principal causes. Her books were motivated by her activism, such as woman's rights and mental health reform, and several were autobiographical memoirs that explored her sexuality, mental health, and relationships. In the 1960s and 1970s, Millett taught at Waseda University, Bryn Mawr College, Barnard College, and the University of California, Berkeley. Some of her later written works are The Politics of Cruelty (1994), about state-sanctioned torture in many countries, and Mother Millett (2001), a book about her relationship with her mother. Between 2011 and 2013, she won the Lambda Pioneer Award for Literature, received Yoko Ono's Courage Award for the Arts, and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Millett was born and raised in Minnesota, and then spent most of her adult life in Manhattan and the Woman's Art Colony, established in Poughkeepsie, New York, which became the Millett Center for the Arts in 2012.

In 1961 Millett moved to Japan and met fellow sculptor Fumio Yoshimura.[6][13] In 1963 Yoshimura and Millett left Japan and moved to New York's Lower East Side in the Bowery district.[16] In 1965 they married to prevent Yoshimura from being deported,[24][16] and during their marriage Millett said that they were "friends and lovers".[9] She dedicated her book Sexual Politics to him.[48] Author Estelle C. Jelinek says that during their marriage he "loves her, leads his own creative life, and accepts her woman lovers".[49] In 1985 they were divorced.[13]

by Robert Giard

Sophie & Kate, Cynthia MacAdams (American, born 1939) (Photographer)Other Names:Kate Millett (American, 1934-2017) (Subject), Sophie Keir (active 1970s-2020s) (Subject)Title:Sophie & KateDate:1982Medium:Gelatin silver printDimensions:Print Size: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)Credit Line:Library Purchase, 2010.Department:Photography CollectionObject Number:110PH005.024Markings:Signed, titled and dated on verso.Copyright:© Cynthia MacAdams

Kate Millet joined "CR One," a Consciousness raising group composed of dynamic and radical theorists and writers, such as Phyllis Birkby, Sidney Abbott, Barbara Love and Alma Routsong. A symposium entitled "Radical Feminism and Lesbian Culture in the 1970s and Today" included women's movement activists: Sidney Abbott, coauthor of "Sappho Was a Right-On Woman" ; Bertha Harris, author of "Lover"; Kate Millett, author of "Sexual Politics"; and Alma Routsong, author of Patience and Sarah, published under pen name Isabel Miller.

Millett was involved in a dispute with the New York City authorities, who wanted to evict her from her home at 295 Bowery as part of a massive redevelopment plan. Millett and other tenants held out but ultimately lost their battle. Their building was demolished, and the residents were relocated.[57]

At the time of her death, Millett had recently married Sophie Keir, a photojournalist, her partner for 39 years.[50][3]

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