Young, Iris Marion 1949-2006

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Young, Iris Marion 1949-2006


See index for CA sketch: Born January 2, 1949, in New York, NY; died of cancer, August 1, 2006, in Chicago, IL. Political scientist, educator, and author. A professor of philosophy and political science, Young was a feminist who researched and wrote about the inequitable division of labor and cultural respect between men and women. She earned her B.A. from Queens College in 1970, then finished her M.A. and Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University in 1972 and 1974, respectively. Young had initially thought of becoming a poet, but her desire to correct social injustices led her instead to philosophy. After graduation, she taught for a year at Rensselaer Polytechnic University, then spent the rest of the 1970s at Miami University in Ohio. During the 1980s, she was on the faculty of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and she joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. Here she became professor of public and international affairs in 1993 and was director of doctoral studies from 1994 to 1996. In 2000, Young moved to Illinois to teach political science at the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago. Her interest in feminist activism led her to publish such titles as Throwing Like a Girl: And Other Essays in Feminist Philosophy and Social Theory (1990), Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy, and Policy (1997), and Inclusion and Democracy (2000). In addition, Young, was active in other political and social causes, including participating in protests concerning aid to Africa and the disgrace of sweatshops.



Chicago Tribune, August 3, 2006, section 3, p. 7..