Margaret Mead (1901-1978). Anthropologist. Her extensive work in the field dealt with issues as interconnected as race, sex, marriage, childbearing, mental health, feminism and education. She reminds us of the power of collective, unified action to make change in the world.
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Margaret Mead (1901–1978) was an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
She was both a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture, and also a respected, if controversial, academic anthropologist. Her reports about the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures amply informed the 1960s sexual revolution. Mead was a champion of broadened sexual mores within a context of traditional western religious life.