Biography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
The journalist and author Susan Faludi (fuh-LEWD-ee) was born to Steven Faludi, a Hungarian-born Jewish photographer, and Marilyn Faludi, who became a writer and editor after her divorce in 1976. Susan and her younger brother, Rob, grew up in an Irish and Italian neighborhood in Yorktown Heights, New York. Their parents’ politically liberal convictions were an important early influence.
Already as a child Faludi was interested in politics, as when she polled classmates in fifth grade on such debated issues as the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion rights, and the Vietnam War. In high school, she edited the student paper and delivered a socially conscious valedictorian speech. Her history and literature studies at Harvard University were financed by an Elks scholarship, and in 1981 she graduated summa cum laude and received an Oliver Dabney History Award for her senior thesis. During her college years, Faludi gained practical experience as managing editor at the Harvard Crimson, as intern reporter for the daily Staten Island Advance, and as a stringer for The Boston Globe.
After graduation Faludi held positions at a number of American newspapers and also freelanced. From 1981 to 1982 she worked as a news and copy editor for The New York Times, in 1983 she joined the Miami Herald’s suburban bureau, and in 1984 she accepted a general-reporting position at the Atlanta Journal and...
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Susan Faludi stepped into the spotlight in 1991 with the publication of Backlash, a work that became a controversial best-seller and gained her a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle award. As editor of her high school newspaper, Faludi challenged school meetings of born-again Christian students and teachers, maintaining that they violated church-state separation. Following her article’s publication, the meetings were halted. At Harvard University, where she edited the student newspaper, she wrote a story about sexual harassment on campus. Despite efforts by an accused professor and a dean to stop publication, the article was printed and the professor was asked to take a leave of absence. Following graduation, Faludi served as a copy clerk for The New York Times. She also worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald and The Atlanta Constitution. In 1990, she began work with the Wall Street Journal.
Faludi gained immediate attention for her incisive investigative work, including a critique of the Reagan Administration budget for its cuts to poor children, an exposé of California’s Silicone Valley corporations’ dismissal of older employees in favor of younger, more cost-effective workers, and her series on the impact of the leveraged buyout of Safeway Stores, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991.
Although Backlash was favorably reviewed by many critics, some maintained that no...
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Susan Faludi was born in New York City on April 18, 1959 to Steven Faludi, a photographer, and Marilyn Lanning Faludi, an editor. When Faludi’s Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women was released in 1991, the book received honors and postive and negative criticism for its controversial content. Susan Faludi, however, was already familiar with controversy. Faludi covered a number of contentious subjects for her high school and college newspapers. Writing for her high school newspaper, she addressed the issue of whether several on-campus Christian organizations had violated the concept of the separation of church and state. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, she wrote an article on sexual harassment that led to the dismissal of a guilty professor after the article was published.
After graduating from Harvard, Faludi worked for the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and the Atlanta Constitution and soon garnered a reputation as a crusading journalist. She received a 1991 Pulitzer Prize for an article she wrote for the Wall Street Journal on the Safeway Stores’ leveraged buyout and its impact on employees.
In 1986, Faludi contacted the U. S. Census Bureau about the notorious Harvard-Yale marriage study and discovered that the study’s methodology and results—including the much-quoted finding that single, educated, career women over thirty had only a 20 percent chance of ever getting...
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