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Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978)

Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict are considered to be the two most influential and famous women anthropologists of their time. As a student at Barnard College, Mead fell in love with her instructor, Benedict. From their meeting at Columbia University in the early 1920s until Benedict's death in 1948, they remained close, despite the interruption of marriage, affairs, fieldwork, and jealous colleagues. They were known to review each other’s work frequently; they created a companionship that began through their work, but which also, during the early period, was of an erotic character. They both wanted to dislodge stereotypes about women during their time and show that working women can be successful even though working society was seen as a man’s world. After Benedict died of a heart attack in 1948, Mead kept the legacy of Benedict’s work going by supervising projects that Benedict would have looked after, and editing and publishing notes from studies that Benedict had collected throughout her life, including examples of Benedict’s poetry, without revealing that some of the love poems had been written for and about Mead herself. Mead had a close romantic and professional relationship for over thirty years with eminent anthropologist Rhoda Metraux. Metraux was a prominent anthropologist in the area of cross-cultural studies, specializing in Haitian voodoo and the Iatmul of New Guinea. They shared a house in Greenwich Village from 1955 to 1966 and an apartment on Central Park West from 1966 to 1978. They co-wrote important books together and had big influence on 20th century anthropology. Mead provided Metraux with a trust fund.

Timeline & Places:

• December 16, 1901: born.

• 1919: attended DePauw University, 313 S Locust St, Greencastle, IN 46135, Stati Uniti

• 1923: attended Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, Stati Uniti

• 1929: attended Columbia University, 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, Stati Uniti

• 1955: lived at 193 Waverly Place, 10014, NYC; NY, USA, sharing with Rhoda Bubendey Metraux

• 1966: lived at The Beresford, 211 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, Stati Uniti, sharing with Rhoda Bubendey Metraux

• November 15, 1978: died. Buried at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2631 Durham Rd, Buckingham, PA 18912, Stati Uniti


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