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Cathy Young (born Ekaterina Jung in Moscowmarker, 1963) is a Russian American journalist and writer. She writes columns for Reason (monthly) and The Boston Globe (weekly), and is the author of two books and a number of articles. Her writing commonly espouses equality feminism.

Early life

Born in the Soviet Unionmarker in 1963, Young emigrated to the United Statesmarker in 1980 with her family at the age of 17.

In 1988, Young graduated from Rutgers Universitymarker, where she was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Daily Targum. While still a student, she began to write for The Detroit News and started working on her first book, Growing Up In Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood (1989).

Writing career

From 1993 to 2000, Young was a regular columnist for The Detroit News. In the 1990s, she also became active as a free-lance journalist, with her work appearing in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, National Review,, and Reason. Her second book, Ceasefire: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality, was published in 1999.

Since 2000, Young has been a weekly editorial page columnist for the Boston Globe. In 2001, she began to write a monthly column for Reason magazine, where she is also a contributing editor.

Young is a research associate at The Cato Institute in Washington, DC, for which she co-wrote a 1996 policy analysis paper, "Feminist Jurisprudence: Equal Rights or Neo-Paternalism"?Young's writing cover a variety of topics in politics and culture, with a particular focus on gender issues and feminism. Her writings reflect an individualist feminist perspective (c.f. Wendy McElroy). She frequently agrees with men's rights activists but will call them to task for emulating the identity politics associated with some forms of feminism.In addition to appearing on a number of radio and television shows, Young has spoken widely on college campuses. In 2001 and 2002, she taught a 3-week gender issues course at Colorado College.


  • Growing Up In Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood (1989) ISBN 0709041306
  • Ceasefire: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality (1999) ISBN 0684834421

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