Lillian B. Rubin | Sociologist, writer, 90
Mrs. Rubin wrote a dozen books, including Intimate Strangers: Men and Women Together (1983), about how differences between the sexes affect matters such as sexuality, work, and parenting.
Raised in poverty by an abusive mother, Mrs. Rubin had a deep personal connection to some of her subjects.
She graduated from high school at 15, married at 19, and had a baby soon after. In 1952 she moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she managed congressional campaigns for progressive candidates. In 1959 her marriage ended in divorce.