Dr Kate Millett - English, 1956
Kate Millett is an American feminist author, sculptor, and activist. She is best known for her involvement in second-wave feminism, and for the book Sexual Politics (1970).
Kate came to St Hilda's with senior status to read for a degree in English, having completed her first undergraduate degree in the USA. She was one of the first American women to be awarded first-class honours while studying at St Hilda’s College. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Kate was active in feminist politics, becoming a committee member of the National Organisation for Women in 1966. In 1971, she began restoring fields and buildings in New York that would become the Women’s Art Colony/Tree Farm; since 2012 this has been renamed the Millett Center for the Arts and is a now a 501c3 non-profit organisation. In addition to writing 'Sexual Politics' in 1970, Kate also penned 'Flying' (1974), 'Sita' (1977), 'Going to Iran' (1979), and 'The Loony-Bin Trip' (1990).
In March 2013, the U.S. National Women’s Hall of Fame announced that Kate would be inducted on October 24th that year in Seneca Falls, NY.
Kate sadly died of a heart attack in September 2017 at the age of 82.