Martha Ackmann Biography
Martha Ackmann is a journalist, author and editor who writes about women who have changed America. Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications around the country. A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the nations newspapers, Ackmann focuses on science, womens history, medicine, politics and sports. She is also a commentator for National Public Radio.
Ackmanns first book, The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight (Random House) has received critical acclaim. The book tells the dramatic story of thirteen women pilots who secretly tested to become Americas first women in space. Ackmann has been featured on many television and radio programs, including the Today show, CNN, BBC and Voice of America.
A much sought-after public speaker, Martha Ackmann addresses to colleges and universities as well as government agencies, corporate and business groups and professional organizations. Using the story of the Mercury 13 as a study of womens determination and hope, Ackmann inspires audiences of men and women alike. She recently delivered the keynote lecture for National Womens History Month at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
A member of the faculty of the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Martha Ackmann teaches courses in womens public writing, feminist biography and the poet Emily Dickinson. A long-time scholar of the poets work, Ackmann teaches a popular seminar every fall in the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, Massachusettsthe very site where Emily Dickinson wrote her memorable poems.
Ackmann earned her B.A. from Lindenwood College, an M.A. from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Ackmann has worked as a high school journalism teacher, an editorial writer, a radio reporter and an instructor of countless sections of freshmen composition. In her early twenties as a media publicist, she wrote plot synopses for TV Guide and may be the only person alive ever to have summarized every episode of I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver.
Martha Ackmann now lives in rural western Massachusetts where she resides among amiable neighbors that include moose, bobcat, wild turkeys and an occasional bear. She is working on a new book about women and baseball.
This biography was last updated on 01/19/2010.
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