Julia Child, the face of French cuisine to many Americans, died Thursday at the age of 91. Child was well-known and well-loved for her cookbooks and television cooking show. She was also revered as a feminist. "Pro-choice is the only way to be,” Child told Ms. Magazine in 2003, “because women are human beings, after all, and should be treated as such.”
During World War II, Child worked with the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, reports CNN. Child did not take her first cooking lesson until she was in her thirties. Finding she had an affinity for it, Child began to make a career of cooking. “I’d been looking for my life’s work all along,” Child told the AP, “And when I got into cooking, I found it.” At 51, Child entered television with her show “The French Chef,” and she continued in television for much of her life.