"I’ve been things and seen places."  Mae West, in I'm No Angel  (1933)

"The only proper mask to wear in life is your own damn face."  Toni Cade Bambara, Gorilla, My Love  (1972) 

Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being, ‘Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time’?"  Anne Sophie Swetchine, in Count de Falloux, ed., The Writings of Madame Swetchine  (1869




                "Being writers isn’t what we do; it’s who we are."  (Helen F. Brassel)
        I'm working on my 23rd book. The others, some of which have won book awards, include: the bestselling How to Say It (heading toward sales of 3 million); a French-language biography about daredevil Marie Marvingt; books on biased language, including the 2015 Unspinning the Spin; two children’s books and hundreds of children’s     stories; one of the largest collections of quotations by women, which now appears at (43,000 quotations by 6,700 women under 1,000 topics). Published by McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Morrow Junior, Beacon Books, and others, my books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Hungarian, and Arabic. Once featured as a “Bold Type” in Ms. magazine, my work has been discussed in, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle. I'm currently working on an English-language bio of Marie Marvingt, four screenplays, and four children’s picture books.
        Once, after speaking to a women's studies group, a charming, anonymous woman evaluated the experience like this: "Rosalie Maggio is a fast-talking, choppy-sentenced, witty, successful woman. I enjoyed Rosalie a lot. Her subject matter of gender-correct language is important, but I was much more struck by her person. She is a woman's woman. Not perfectly thin, perfectly articulate, perfectly dressed. But she is perfectly valid. She's a business person, working, succeeding, traveling, making radio appearances, and being a real person. I LOVE IT!"

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