Skip to content Skip to navigation
Skip to global navigation Menu

October 3, 1979

Co-founder of the first underground newspaper of the women’s liberation movement It Ain’t Me, Babe and founder of the Women’s History Research Center Laura X ex-’62 lectured on “An Historical Review: The Second Wave of the Women’s Movement” in the faculty parlor. Laura Rand Orthwein when she attended Vassar, Laura X changed her name to reflect the anonymity of women’s history, “because it was stolen from us,” and because women “have to carry their slave owners’ names, as Malcolm X pointed out for African Americans.” She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

The founder and director of the National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape ( ), in 1979 she led the successful drive to make marital rape illegal in California. Subsequently she virgorouosly pursued this issue over the next 13 years in some 20 countries, including the United States. She compiled and published on microfilm—as Herstory, Women and Law and Women’s Health/Mental Health the records of the activities of the women’s movement in 40 countries between 1968 and 1974,.

The Years