If you grew up in the era of mood rings and lava lamps, you
probably remember Free to Be . . . You and Me
groundbreaking children's record, book, and television special that
debuted in 1972. Conceived by actress and producer Marlo Thomas and
promoted by Ms.
magazine, it captured the spirit of the
growing women's movement and inspired girls and boys to challenge
stereotypes, value cooperation, and respect diversity. In this
lively collection marking the fortieth anniversary of Free to Be
. . . You and Me
, thirty-two contributors explore the creation
and legacy of this popular children's classic.
Featuring a prologue by Marlo Thomas, When We Were Free to
offers an unprecedented insiders' view by the original
creators, as well as accounts by activists and educators who
changed the landscape of childhood in schools, homes, toy stores,
and libraries nationwide. Essays document the rise of non-sexist
children's culture during the 1970s and address how Free to
still speaks to families today.
Contributors are Alan Alda, Laura Briggs, Karl Bryant, Becky
Friedman, Nancy Gruver, Carol Hall, Carole Hart, Dorothy Pitman
Hughes, Joe Kelly, Cheryl Kilodavis, Dionne Kirschner, Francine
Klagsbrun, Stephen Lawrence, Laura L. Lovett, Courtney Martin,
Karin A. Martin, Tayloe McDonald, Trey McIntyre, Peggy Orenstein,
Leslie Paris, Miriam Peskowitz, Deesha Philyaw, Abigail Pogrebin,
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Robin Pogrebin, Patrice Quinn, Lori
Rotskoff, Deborah Siegel, Jeremy Adam Smith, Barbara Sprung, Gloria
Steinem, and Marlo Thomas.
Publisher's Note: Late in the production of this book, the text
on pages 252 and 253 was accidentally reversed. As a result, one
should read page 253 before turning to page 252 and then proceeding
on to page 254. The publisher deeply regrets this error.