MIDGE DECTER Biography - People in the News and Media


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Name: With Donald Rumsfeld                                                       
With Donald Rumsfeld, Decter is the former co-chair of the Committee for the     
Free World and one of the original drivers of the neoconservative movement with   
her spouse, Norman Podhoretz. She is also a founder of the Independent Women's   
Forum, and was founding treasurer for the Northcote Parkinson Fund, founded and   
chaired by John Train.                                                           
Ms. Decter started her career in journalism as the secretary to the then-editor   
of Commentary, Robert Warshow. She resigned during her first pregnancy.           
Among other positions, she was the executive editor of Harper's under Willie     
Morris, leaving the magazine in 1971. Her first job in publishing came as an     
editor at Basic Books.                                                           
She is one of the signatories to Statement of Principles for the Project for the 
New American Century                                                             
She is the mother of the conservative syndicated columnist John Podhoretz, the   
youngest of her four children, and the second by Norman Podhoretz. She is also   
the mother of Rachel Decter who married Elliott Abrams in 1980.