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EXCLUSIVE: Kate Swift, Feminist Wordsmith, 1923 to 2011

Nonsexist-language pioneer Kate Swift, 87, died early Saturday morning after a brief encounter with abdominal cancer. Her generous legacy to the world includes her revolutionary influence on our language as well as her productive activism (she helped effect Connecticut’s marriage equality act, protect prochoice legislation, promote progressive candidates, protest the war on Iraq, and conserve the environment).

May 13, 2011

Kate Swift, 1923 to 2011; photograph by Betsy Huston

She also leaves numerous admirers who all somehow numbered themselves among her closest and best friends. Barbara Peabody Swift, always known as Kate, was born in 1923 to parents who were newspaper and magazine journalists, and she obtained her own journalism degree from the University of North Carolina in 1944.  Click to read the article

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