About the Book
Colorful, charismatic, magnetic, brilliant are just a few of the words used to describe Ivy Bottini, a woman who was at the forefront of the NOW movement and the second wave of feminism. She helped found the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women and in 1969 designed the NOW logo that is still used today. She then moved to Los Angeles and became an activist for many LGBT causes.
This is Ivy’s story, in her own words. A story of personal transformation, courage, activism, love and sacrifice, that is also inspirational and educational. It’s also an insider’s view and a model for activism from a leader in two of the most important liberation movements of the past half century—women’s liberation and gay and lesbian liberation. Along the way, her words bring to life the changes in attitudes toward and in the lives of women and gays and lesbians over the past fifty years.
“My friend Ivy Bottini dared to come out as her true self when that was far more difficult than it is today. Her story will inspire each reader to be honest and authentic–and what could be more important than that?” — Gloria Steinem
“Ivy Bottini, colorful, charismatic and a brilliant organizer, was there from the beginning of the second wave of feminism. She was the dynamic president of New York NOW (the premier chapter of the National Organization for Women). She was the driving force behind many of NOW’s most dramatic and successful actions. She was a martyr to the homophobia of the early women’s movement. Relocating to Los Angeles, Bottini reinvented herself, this time as a magnetic and effective leader for lesbian and gay causes. The Liberation of Ivy Bottini brings to life an important story of two crucial movements of the twentieth century and the huge, complex personality of a woman at the forefront of both movements.” — Lillian Faderman
“I love a good Bio/memoir. I love reading about people’s lives. Having all the pics scattered throughout the book, made it seem all that more real. Like I knew Ivy and the rest of the people.”
“Branzburg definitely chose the right POV (in first person) for the telling of Ivy Bottini’s story because the narrative rings true and authentic with the inimitable Bottini “voice.” The story is a fascinating, laugh-out-loud, cry-real-tears-of empathy celebration of this infamous trailblazer’s remarkable story.” — Rainbow Award judges