Angela Bonavoglia



"You would think, with an immigrant grandmother who was a suffragist and a strong-willed, confident, working-class mother who raised two kids alone, that I would be an intentional, not an accidental, feminist. But thatís not how it was. The word never, ever came up. Growing up, I'm sad to say, Grandma didnít inspire me. I never experienced her as strong. Her march for the vote seemed like ancient history... In the family imagination, her marching was cute, quaint, amusing; no one ever called it brave."

From my memoir in progress--no end in sight


BIOGRAPHY

Angela Bonavoglia is an author and award-winning journalist who focuses on women's issues, particularly health, religious and social issues. Her feature articles, investigative reports, op-eds, personal essays, and profiles have appeared in such outlets as Ms. (longtime contributing editor), the NY Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, The Nation, Salon.com, Redbook, Mirabella, Cosmopolitan, Newsday, The New York Times, and the National Catholic Reporter. She blogs at the Huffington Post, Ms., and the Women's Media Center online. She is a past recipient of an Exceptional Merit Media Award (sponsored by Radcliffe College and the National Women's Political Caucus) for magazine health reporting.

Tracking Good Catholic Girls

Bonavoglia's "The Churchís Tug of War," about women as an invisible force for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, was a lead article in The Nation in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandals that broke in the US in 2002. It provided a fresh analysis of the role of women in the progressive Church reform movement at an unprecedented moment in American Church history and became the basis for her most recent book, Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church(Harper-Collins). Since the book was published, Bonavoglia has spoken to hundreds of people around the country about women and Catholic Church reform. She has also been a guest on more than 60 television and radio shows in the U.S. and Canada, including shows carried by various NPR affiliates, the Laura Flanders Show, and Amy Goodman's Democracy Now.

The Impact of Choices

Bonavoglia also authored The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion, an oral history spanning seven decades, from the 1920s through the 1980s. With a foreword by Gloria Steinem, it features Bonavogliaís interviews with such public personalities as Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Grace Paley, Rita Moreno, and Jill Clayburgh, as well as with activists, clerics and medical providers about their experiences with illegal and legal abortion(Random House, Seal Press)

The Choices We Made was featured on "Oprah" and NPRís "Lenny Lopate Show." The book was widely discussed, including in the New York Times (Anna Quindlen's column), Newsday, the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Mirabella, and Mother Jones. Excerpts have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Ms., and most recently, in beloved author Grace Paley's memoir, Just As I Thought.

Social Worker with Pen

Bonavoglia is also a communications and development consultant who has worked for leading foundations, public agencies, and nonprofit institutions, including, currently, Independence Care System, a pioneering disability rights organization. She has conducted research and written reports for, among others, the Ford Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, the New York Community Trust, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Women and Philanthropy, and the New York City Health Department. She holds an MSW from New York University.