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The Liberation of Ivy Bottini
The Liberation of Ivy Bottini

The Liberation of Ivy Bottini

A Memoir of Love and Activism


230 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $21.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: November 2018

ISBN 9781945805936

Rights: WOR

Bedazzled Ink Publishing (Nov 2018)

Price: $16.95


A key thinker during second wave feminism and early LGBTQ activism

Colorful, charismatic, magnetic, and brilliant are just a few of the words used to describe Ivy Bottini, a woman who was at the forefront of the National Organization of Women (NOW) movement and the second wave of feminism. She helped found the New York chapter of NOW and in 1969 designed the organization's logo that is still used today. She then moved to Los Angeles and became an activist for many LGBT causes. This is Ivy's story, in her own words—a story of personal transformation, courage, activism, love, and sacrifice, that is also inspirational and educational. It's also an insider's view and a model for activism from a leader in two of the most important liberation movements of the past half century—women's liberation, and gay and lesbian liberation. Along the way, her words bring to life the changes in attitudes toward women and queer people over the past 50 years.


"My friend Ivy Bottini dared to come out as her true self when that was far more difficult than it is today. Her story will inspire each reader to be honest and authentic—and what could be more important than that?" —Gloria Steinem "Ivy Bottini, colorful, charismatic and a brilliant organizer, was there from the beginning of the second wave of feminism. [...] The Liberation of Ivy Bottini brings to life an important story of two crucial movements of the twentieth century and the huge, complex personality of a woman at the  forefront of both movements." —Lillian Faderman

Author Biography

Judith V. Branzburg, Ph.D.,  is an emeritus professor of English at Pasadena City College (PCC) in Pasadena, California.  For more than 20 years at PCC, she taught nonfiction writing, women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, and American literature.  She has published essays in publications ranging from the Lesbian Review of Books and Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the U.S to Radical Teacher and Callaloo:  A Black Southern Journal for Arts and Letters.  She has also published a novel, The Paris Adventures of Judith and Amy and has worked as a freelance editor.