Linda Hirshman is the lawyer and political pundit who wrote the first history of the gay revolution since everything changed in the last ten years: Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. She writes for Salon.com, with a beat of progressive social movements – women, gays, and occasionally progressive straight white men. Prior to joining Salon.com, Ms. Hirshman wrote about social movements for a variety of publications – The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate.com, The Daily Beast. She is the author of the New York Times Magazine article “Sixteen Ways of Looking at a Female Voter” which appeared just before Super Tuesday in 2008. She has appeared on Sixty Minutes, Good Morning America, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and above all, on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
Before becoming a writer, Linda was a Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University and before that a lawyer in private practice. While practicing law, she appeared in three Supreme Court cases (one win, one loss and one draw) including Garcia v. SAMTA, which defined the line between the federal government and the states. She was the first visiting professor in the history of Northwestern Law School to win the coveted award for teaching. When teaching at Brandeis, she consistently received the highest teaching evaluations in the entire philosophy department.
Married until the death of her wonderful husband this year, she has three grown daughters (all working) and a lot of terrific grandchildren. She lives in Arizona and New York.