Nancy Colbert Friday (1937–2017) was an American feminist author who wrote on the topics of female sexuality and liberation. The work was shocking and established that women have erotic imaginations just as men do.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Friday was educated at Wellesley College. She worked as a journalist before the publication of her best-known work, My Secret Garden (1973,) which exploded the myths surrounding women’s sexual fantasies and sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
Friday’s sequel, Forbidden Flowers, appeared in 1975. In 1980, she published Men in Love, an exploration of men and their sexual fantasies. Women on Top (1991) re-examines modern women in the context of feminism and renewed sexual freedom and documents how women appear to have incorporated male pornography into their sexual fantasies.
Friday’s My Mother/My Self: The Daughter’s Search for Identity (1977) argued that women tend to be raised by their mothers to measure up to a pre-feminist ideal of womanhood. Her later works included Jealousy (1985) and the novella Lulu (2012.)