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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