Lesley Gore, who topped the music charts in the 1960's with "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry," and my own personal favorite, the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died on Monday. She was 68. I discovered Gore in the 1980's and enjoyed her cool 1960's sound.
Long before Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman," Gore blazed the trail for women's equality in music, and was one of the first celebrities to come out as lesbian. In addition to singing, Gore was an accomplished songwriter and actress. She hosted several episodes of the PBS series "In the Life," which dealt with gay and lesbian issues, and played Catwoman's sidekick on the TV series "Batman." In the 2012 presidential campaign, Gore turned "You Don't Own Me" into an online PSA for reproductive rights.