Marilyn French. Writer. Feminist. Activist. Dies at the age of 79.

The section from the NYTimes article that brought wee tears to my eyes…

In recent years Ms. French struggled to get published, partly because of the gains in women’s rights she had helped bring about. “It was a source of embitterment to her andoutrage to me,” said Robin Morgan, a writer, feminist activist and close friend….

While Ms. French was pleased by significant gains made by women in the three decades since her landmark novel, she was also just as quick to point out lingering deficiencies in gender equality, friends recalled.

“She had,” Ms. Steinem said, “higher standards and higher hopes.”

Some of French’s most memorable quotes…

Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you’re trying to escape?

‘I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes’,’ she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.