Ellen Willis was a feminist, activist, and pop music critic who studied comparative literature at the University of California in Berkeley.
Willis was a member of several feminist groups, such as New York Radical Women and Redstockings1Willis and Happiness. She wrote several essays on topics important to her, such as anti-pornography feminism and anti-Semitism.
In 1962, she published her first book Questions Freshmen Ask: A Guide for College Girls. She would go on to publish several other books, including No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays and Don’t Think, Smile!: Notes on a Decade of Denial.
In 1968, she became the first popular music critic for The New Yorker.