Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard College in New York City, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

She was both a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture and 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.

An Anglican Christian, she played a considerable part in the drafting of the 1979 American Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.

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Margaret Mead Poems

Remember Me

Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,... more »

Margaret Mead Quotes

Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
The mind is not sex-typed.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Blackberry Winter, ch. 5 (1972).
The negative cautions of science are never popular. If the experimentalist would not commit himself, the social philosopher, the preacher, and the pedagogue tried the harder to give a short- cut answer.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, ch. 1 (1928).

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