“Free to Be…You and Me showed my daughters they had the power to lead their own dreams. Now, in passionate and touching personal accounts, When We Were Free to Be shows how profoundly this one book has empowered an entire generation.”

Gloria Feldt, past president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

on When We Were Free to Be


LORI ROTSKOFF is a cultural historian, writer, and teacher.  She first discovered her passion for women’s history and literature as an undergraduate at Northwestern University.  After working for a year at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC, she entered graduate school in American Studies at Yale, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1999.  She has taught undergraduates at Yale and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently offers seminar classes for adults at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where she has taught since 2005.  She lives in Larchmont, New York with her husband and two sons.

Lori Rotskoff is co-editor, with Laura L. Lovett, of the anthology When We Were Free to Be:  Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012.   Her previous book, Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War II America(2002) was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine and the American Library Association.

Lori’s book reviews have appeared in the Women’s Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, Brain, Child:  The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Reviews in American History,  and the Journal of American History.  She has received fellowships and research grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Historical Society, the Sophia Smith Collection, and the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.