1944 - Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania on the 28th of November.
1960s - Attended the University of Florida but was expelled for her participation in a civil rights rally.
- She later moved to New York and attended New York University, where she received a degree in classics and English.
- She also holds a doctorate in political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
- Turned her attention to politics. She became active in the American Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, the Gay Liberation movement and the feminist movement.
1970 - She took an administrative position with the fledgling National Organization for Women, but angrily resigned in February over Betty Friedan's anti-gay remarks and NOW's attempts to distance itself from lesbian organizations.
- On the 1st of May, she played a leading role in the "Lavender Menace" zap of the Second Congress to Unite Women, which protested Friedan's remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women's movement.
- She became a founding member of The Furies, a lesbian feminist newspaper collective which held that heterosexuality was the root of all oppression.
1971 - The Hand That Cradles the Rock.
1973 - Songs to a Handsome Woman, Rubyfruit Jungle.
1976 - In Her Day and essay A Plain Brown Rapper.
1978 - Six of One.
1982 - Southern Discomfort.
1983 - Sudden Death.
1986 - High Hearts.
1988 - Bingo and the essay, Starting from Scratch.
1990 - Wish You Were Here.
1992 - Rest in Pieces.
1994 - Dolley.
1995 - Pay Dirt, or the Adventures at Ash Lawn.
1996 - Riding Shotgun.
1997 - Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser.
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- "The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
- "One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory."
- "Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment."
- "About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all."
- "A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction."