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FALL 2009


Spring 2009 Issue of Ms. magazine

This fall, for the first time in history, women will become a majority of the U.S. paid workforce.

What will this historic milestone mean for government policies, our workplaces, and our lives? Find out in the brand-new Fall issue of Ms. magazine how the social contract can-and must! - change to meet the needs of women today. Ms. sets out the 5 next steps.

And you'll want to be the first to read Gloria Steinem's 75th - birthday wishes (true to Gloria, they are wishes for feminism's future!) and an original poem about Gloria by Alice Walker.

And don't miss the revealing Ms. interview with Brooksley Born - the woman who saw the financial crisis coming nearly ten years ago and tried to stop it - but was shut down by her all-male colleagues at the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letters
Keeping Score

 
National
Global

Battleground Nebraska
The Testing Has Begun
Women Take the Fallout
Abstinence Isn’t Enough
Bad Habits?
Navigating Breast Cancer
Short Takes
Calendar

Taking on Pakistan’s Taliban
Valley of Tears
A Woman Minister for Iran
The Woman Who Unnerves China
Short Takes

FEATURES

Cover Story
Paycheck Feminism | BY KAREN KORNBLUH AND RACHEL HOMER
With women about to make up half of the U.S. paid workforce, it’s time to rethink government policies that were designed for
a different time.

They Shot the Messenger | BY NARDA ZACCHINO AND ROBERT SCHEER
Brooksley Born blew the whistle on risky financial derivatives 11 years ago. And no one in the boys’ club of U.S. economic leaders listened.

Domestic Workers Take It to the Streets | BY PREMILLA NADASEN
In cities around the U.S., women who work in others’ homes are emerging from their isolation to fight for decent wages and humane conditions.

Birthday Wishes | BY GLORIA STEINEM
Her 75th birthday is an occasion for Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem to share her wishes for feminist changes she’d like to see in the next 25 years.

She | BY ALICE WALKER
The renowned author and poet updates a birthday poem she wrote for her friend Gloria Steinem.

 
DEPARTMENTS

Rememberance
Thank You, Senator Kennedy | BY MICHELE KORT
The feminist movement has lost one of its greatest champions.

Money
Astroturf War | BY MARTHA BURK
Who’s really behind the uproar against health-care reform?

Media
The Kid Wimps Out | BY ALLISON KIMMICH
Why can’t tween literature empower boys and girls at the same time?

Backtalk
Break the Chains! | BY DONNA BRAZILE
Slavery still exists, and we must all join the fight against it.

Book Reviews
Erin Aubry Kaplan on Heidi W. Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Gaiutra Bahadur on Megan Voysey- Braig’s Till We Can Keep an Animal

Jennifer Cognard-Black on Emilie Zaslow’s Feminism, Inc.: Coming of
Age in Girl Power Media Culture

Jessica Holden Sherwood on Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay’s The Fat Studies Reader

Nikki Keddie on Haleh Esfandiari’s My Prison, My Home: One
Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran

Bookmarks
Great reads for fall 2009

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