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Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Cover

In this issue:

With Wonder Woman at the helm, the issue celebrates 40 years of fearless reporting with 40 Ms. and key feminist moments that shaped our history; birthday letters from dozens of life-long readers; and essays from founding editors Gloria Steinem and Letty Pogrebin, and current Executive Editor Kathy Spillar.

In the special 40th anniversary issue, you'll also read about:

- What's at stake for women in the 2012 election

- The significant ballot initiatives in your state

- Record numbers of women running for office


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letters
Keeping Score

 
National
Global

The Dividends of Health Reform
Misogyny Is Bad Business
Young Feminists Have Their Day
Sisters Act
Short Takes
Calendar

From Slum to Statehouse; The Michelle Obama of Belize
Behind Closed Doors
A Serious Crisis Indeed
Short Takes

FEATURES
Ms. Special: Election Section

Women's Lives in the Balance | By Beth Baker
What's at stake for women voters? Oh, just little things such as legal equity, health care and decision-making over our bodies.

Women on the Run | By Deborah Walsh and Katherine Kleeman
Women are running for office in record numbers this year. Will they change the political process as well as policy?

Know Your November Ballot
Learn about many of the state ballot initiatives and referenda that affect women's lives—and find out which ones Ms. endorses!

Women's Studies

So You Want to Change the World?
Nine scholars reflect on the burgeoning global, activist field of women's studies and how it's transforming students, universities, communities and feminism itself.

40th Anniversary

We've Only Just Begun | By Katherine Spillar
Ms. has chronicled how women have gone from second-class citizens to fierce feminist warriors—and we continue to sound the alarms, rally the troops and celebrate progress.

Halfway Into a Feminist Century | By Gloria Steinem
Previous social movements have taken 100 years to fully succeed; so what leaps are we going to take during the next 50 years of feminism?

The "Happy Birthday!" Letters
Our readers tell us how Ms. magazine changed their lives.

 
DEPARTMENTS

Essay
When We Met That Girl | By Lettie Cottin Pogrebin
A cofounding Ms. editor recalls how she worked with Marlo Thomas to help create the children's classic Free to Be…You and Me.

Book Reviews
Lynell George on Janell Hobson's Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender

Aryn Kyle on Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior

Liza Featherstone on Lynn Povich's The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Mark Anthony Neal on Patricia Hill Collins' On Intellectual Activism

Veronica I. Arreola on Jessica Valenti's Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness

Bookmarks
Great reads for fall 2012

DVD Watch
Feminist films available for home viewing.

Backtalk
Run, Fundraise, Vote! | BY DONNA BRAZILE
Women can make a huge difference in this and future elections.

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