Passion at an Early Age
Born Judith Sussman in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1938, Blume was born the only daughter of a dentist and a homemaker. She was able to make up for the lack of creativity growing up by expending her creative passion through an array of activities that included piano and dance lessons. She especially enjoyed reading and writing stories.
I spent most of my childhood making up stories inside of my head."
Judy continued her passion for reading and writing through high school and then earned her bachelor's degree in teaching from New York University. It wasn't until she was married and her own children began pre-school that she started her writing career.
Female Professions WERE Limited, but Times are Changing
When Judy told her adult friends that she wanted to be a writer, they told her "You've always been such a dreamer!" Some even discouraged her by saying "Do you know what the odds are, especially for women? Do you know how many would-be writers there are out there?" And some were actually angry. "What makes you think you can write?"
Since the enormous success of the Women's March on January 21, 2017, global awareness of the heartbreaking plight of capable girls to attain their goals has increased tremendously. It's finally our turn!
Perseverance and Success!
After years of rejections from would-be publishers, it wasn't until her book 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' was published in 1970, that Judy was firmly established as a leading voice for younger readers. Her book focuses on a girl who wonders about the pending arrival of her period and her parents' competing faiths. Blume channeled her own experiences from pre-adolescence to write an endearing, honest coming-of-age story. Judy Blume was finally a famous author.
Throughout her successful career, Blume has consistently advocated for organizations that support intellectual freedom. All of her efforts go into helping protect the freedom to read. Her passion!