Monday, February 16, 2015

Feminist Lesley Gore Dies of Cancer - Watch "You Don't Own Me" PSA

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Lesley Gore, writer and singer of the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68. Gore died of lung cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson. Sasson, a jewelry designer, told The Associated Press;

"She was a wonderful human being - caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian."

Lesley Gore turned "You Don't Own Me" into an online video public service announcement during the 2012 presidential campaign. Starring Lena Dunham and Tavi Gevinson, lip syncing to the song with other women,  the PSA demanded reproductive rights and other female issues and urged women to vote.

Lesley Gore topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry".

Lesley Gore's other hits include "She's A Fool," "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "That's the Way Boys Are" and "Maybe I Know."

She officially came out as lesbian to the public when she hosted several episodes of the PBS series, "In The Life," which dealt with gay and lesbian issues.

May her soul rest in peace.

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