Barbara Ehrenreich

In Memoriam

NORML offers its condolences to the friends and family of Barbara Ehrenreich.

Ms. Barbara Ehrenreich was a columnist and author of several books, and a frequent lecturer on feminist topics. A scholar and the author of numerous books — including Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class (1989), Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001), and Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream — Ms. Ehrenreich was most prominent for her longstanding commitment to economic and social justice reform. Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor, called her “inimitable. … Our abiding thanks to her for her contributions to the labor, progressive and women’s movements, her brilliant literary journalism, and her tenacious appeals to common sense. She will be sorely missed.”

She once wrote in Time Magazine: “An estimated 40 million Americans have tried [cannabis] at some point, from Ivy League law professors to country-and-western singers. Yet in some states, possession of a few grams can get you put away for years. What does it do to one’s immortal soul to puff and wink and look away while … other Americans remain locked up for doing the exact same thing? Marijuana prohibition establishes a minimum baseline level of cultural dishonesty that we can never rise above.”