Erma Bombeck was born on this date–February 21–in 1927 in Bellbrook, Ohio. She was a best-selling author, humorist, and newspaper columnist whose syndicated columns were popular throughout the United States. She wrote about the challenges of daily life, family, and motherhood with wit and compassion in a straightforward and low-key style that resonated with readers from the 1960s throughout the 1990s. She was also a strong supporter of women’s rights who fought for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Please join me in remembering Erma Bombeck on her birthday, and stay tuned to this blog for a profile on her in the upcoming week.

Patrick Kerin