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Abby Rockefeller

Abigail Aldrich "Abby" Rockefeller (born 1943) is a US ecologist, feminist, and member of the Rockefeller family. She is the eldest daughter of David Rockefeller and Margaret McGrath.

Feminism and left politics

Drawn to radical humanism on the behalf of women (feminism) and leftist politics she joined [7]

Despite her class background, Abby was subjected to many of the stinging barbs other women are subjected to. For instance, as a young girl she was told that although women did most of the cooking in the world only men could be great chefs. In her own relationships with men she often encountered the same sexist attitudes when they expressed an underlying trivialization or contempt for women’s aspirations - no matter the man’s class or race. Her feminism was not some dilettante's passing fad, but arose from an analysis of her lived experience. Some, mistakenly misreading her commitment to justice as vulnerability, tried to exploit her for her name or money.[8]

Founding of Clivus Multrum, Inc.

More recently Abby Rockefeller has written extensively about the ineffectiveness of conventional sewage treatment and its destructive effect on water and the environment.[9] She is also a proponent of alternative methods in dealing with human excreta, specifically by using the clivus multrum[10][11] model of composting toilet rather than the conventional flush toilet.


  1. ^ The Harvard Crimson: Feminist Says Physical Desire Is Cause of Female Oppression By Hollis Gorman. 16, 1975
  2. ^ Humanities & Social Sciences Online. Ruth Rosen. The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America. New York and London: Penguin, 2000. The FBI was apparently able to recruit informers to attend meetings and report back to the FBI with ease. Bureau files contain summaries of feminist meetings with such subversive aims as, "They wanted equal opportunities that men have in work and in society" (p. 242).
  3. ^ The Other Woman, a Toronto-based feminist newspaper with cross-Canada circulation “Infiltration of the Women's Movement by the LSA/YS” Issue: Nov.­-Dec. 1973.
  4. ^ LIFE MAGAZINE, AN 'OPPRESSED MAJORITY' DEMANDS ITS RIGHTS, The cause of women's equality draws a growing number of active-and angry-female militants, 1969 by SARA DAVIDSON,
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  6. ^ Echols, Alice, Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America: 1967–1975 (Minneapolis, Minn.: Univ. of Minn. Press, 1989 (ISBN 0-8166-1787-2)), pp. 158 (& perhaps n. 106), 163 & nn. 132–133, & 211 & n. 37 (author then visiting asst. prof. history, Univ. of Ariz. at Tucson).
  7. ^ Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections.
  8. ^ Conversations with Cell 16, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University
  9. ^ Rockefeller, Abby A. (1997). "Civilization & Sludge: Notes on the History of the Management of Human Excreta". Current World Leaders (Organic Consumers Association) 39 (6). Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Clivus Multrum, Inc.: Manufacturer of Composting Toilets and Greywater Systems since 1973". Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  11. ^ McKay, Jeff (2003). "Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 

Caregory:American people of Scotch-Irish descent

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