Aviva Cantor is a Jewish feminist activist, scholar, and author. Cantor was born on February 12, 1940 in the Bronx, New York. After receiving degrees from Barnard College and from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she worked as a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle. In the late 1960s, she became active within the Jewish Zionist movement and within the feminist movement, and quickly emerged as one of the leading voices in Jewish feminist circles. Cantor was a co-founder of the Jewish Liberation Project in 1968 and was the founding editor of its publication, the Jewish Liberation Journal. In 1976, she helped found the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, serving as an editor and a contributing writing until 1987.
Cantor was involved with several national and international Jewish feminist organizations and projects, and has been especially active in researching and writing about women in Israel. Her best known publications include Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life (1995), The Jewish Woman Bibliography (1986) and The Egalitarian Hagada (1991). Cantor continues to work as an activist, writer, and editor in New York.