"Julia always considered herself a feminist. Always. But not in a fundamentalist sort of way," says biographer Spitz, whose book will cap what is being called the JC100, a 100-day celebration of Child's life that includes celebrity-hosted dinners, blogger tributes, readings and other events around the country.
"She let women who watched her feel that they would be heard, that they could do anything she could do," he said. "She wanted women to be proud of what they did. That was so important to her. That pride. She had found it. And she wanted others to find it, too."