Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Remembering Lillian B. Rubin

Influential author Lillian B. Rubin passed away June 17th at the age of 90. She was the author of many bestselling and significant titles including: Worlds of Pain: Life in the Working-Class Family, Women of a Certain Age, Families on the Fault Line, The Transcendent Child, Intimate Strangers and Just Friends. A sociologist and psychotherapist, Dr. Rubin dedicated her life's work to exploring issues related to gender, class, aging and how social authorities worked to limit individuals' expectations of themselves. 

The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, Dr. Rubin didn't enroll in college until the age of 39. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, she spent the rest of her career searching for what "success in life" meant and sharing her findings and discussions in texts and articles. Her books have been part of college curriculums for decades and will continue to influence students for decades to come. 

For more information on Lillian B. Rubin visit her website here or read some of her articles at Salon.com. To read her obituary in the New York Times, click here.

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