Melanie Kaye-Kantrowitz, a writer, activist, and professor, was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, and has worked in social change movements since the sixties. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught the first women’s studies course in the department. She teaches Public Policy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Women's Studies at Hamilton College. She is the author of several other books, including My Jewish Face & other stories (Aunt Lute Books). Her writings are widely published and anthologized.


The Issue Is Power
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

The issue is power in this collection of essays, speeches and reviews spanning 15 years of writing and organizing. Political activist and writer, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz brings an insightful eye and a sharp analytical mind to address a wide range of issues in contemporary America: race, class, anti-Semitism, lesbian culture, war, sexual power, identity politics, Israel, Palestine and the Middle East, international and domestic violence against and by women.  Kaye/Kantrowitz is indomitable in the fight against being worn down, hushed up. Her work reminds us of the strength in community.


“Here is a book for everyone who dares to want to help make history. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz is passionate, strategic, pithy, generous, realistic, controversial, unquenchable—like the best of our movements for change. As a writer and a lifelong doer, she gives us reasons to believe in achievable justice, and maps for acting on that belief.”

—Adrienne Rich

“If we ever needed people like Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz—people who think strategically, whose writing is rooted in activism, and who have the courage to explore ideas in public—it is now…this essay urges activists to write, to speak, to organize, to take amoral stance and to put their talents to turning the tide.”

—Women’s Review of Books

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