once denied a job when an editor asked "what would you do if someone you were covering ducked into the men's room?" Mills was also the author of Something Better for My Children: How Head Start Has Changed the Lives of Millions of Children and Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case that Transformed Television and other works. More about Mills and her work is here.
Kay Mills was also my neighbor for a number of years when I first moved to Santa Monica to teach at USC. Meeting her was an immediate affirmation that intellectual life in Southern California is not a non-sequiter, and that vibrant writers and ideas are to be found outside the academy, and sometimes right down the street. She will be missed.