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Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author, most recently, of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.

With sociologist Richard Cloward, she laid out the “Cloward–Piven strategy” in a 1966 Nation article, offering a plan for the U.S. public welfare system to ensure “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.”