Marlene Gerber Fried is currently a professor of philosophy and faculty director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College, a program for education and activism about reproductive health, rights and justice.
Fried earned her PhD from Brown University in 1972. Her scholarship and teaching are focused primarily on abortion rights and access, reproductive and sexual rights and health, and legal theory.
She is a long-time reproductive rights activist, and was the founding president and served for 21 years on the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She was also the founding president and continues to serve on the board of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. Additionally, she works on abortion advocacy internationally with the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights.
Fried is a recipient of the 2014 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award as well as the Warrior Women Award from SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.