Earth-based spirituality pioneer Starhawk was born in Minnesota in 1951. Her's is a leading voice in American paganism and ecofeminism.
Starhawk is the daughter of Russian-American Jewish parents. She studied film at UCLA and wrote a Goldwyn Award-winning novel in early 1970s, before becoming involved in paganism, Goddess worship, and environmentalism.
Starhawk has authored or co-authored several books on spirituality, including neo-pagan textbook The Spiral Dance. She is also the co-founder of Reclaiming, an organization dedicated to activist paganism, as well as a partner in a film production company, focusing on documentaries about women leaders in paganism.