Christina Hoff Sommers

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Christina Hoff Sommers is one of the most controversial intellectual women in America today. A philosophy professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and the W.H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, she is the author of the provocative best seller Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women, and a soon-to-be released book for Simon & Schuster, The War On Boys. It was Sommers who first coined the phrases "equity feminism" and "gender feminism." The former are women who like men and who want to obtain equality within current social systems in cooperation with men. The latter are women who want to change social systems and who view men as the oppressive enemy and themselves as constant victims. Sommers earned her BA at New York University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. She received her PhD in philosophy at Brandeis University in 1979. Her expertise is ethics and contemporary moral theory. Sommers has been published in numerous scholarly articles from the Journal of Philosophy to The New England Journal of Medicine. She is the editor of a popular college textbook in moral philosophy that is used around the country, Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life. Her articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, and Times Literary Supplement. She has appeared on The McLaughlin Group, Nightline, The CBS Evening News, Crossfire, Eye to Eye, 20/20, Inside Politics, Equal Time, Politically Incorrect, and Oprah discussing such issues as the future of feminism and gender bias in schools. The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The London Times have done profiles on her. She lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with her husband, Fred, also a philosophy professor, and her sons, Tamler and David.

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