The Activist Issue:
Keeping the Flame Alive
Take inspiration from the lives and work of six women whose passion for justice and commitment to their commuiities make the world a better place for all.
- Kitchen Table Candidate: Winona LaDuke
-Speak Truth to Power: Kek Galabru, Wangari Maathai, Senal Sarihan, Maria Teresa Tula
- Street Fighting Woman: Cheri Honkala
- Mementos of a Movement: Memorabilia of the suffragist movement

MS.CELLANEOUS:
-Word: Bush

Honey, Disney Shrunk the Kids
What's in your child's VCR these days? We asked progressive parents and their kids what they watch. The answers might surprise you.
SHE SAYS
Dorothy Roberts talks about reproductive rights in black and white.
YOUR WORK
Women and Venture Capital: Women vie for a place in the world of high-tech venture capital.

Work Notes: Grrl power to Scotland ASAP and more
Editor's Page: Making Mischief

Ms. News

TECHNO.FEM: Digital Divide

Books:
-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now?, by Angela Dillard
- Toy Guns, by Lisa Norris
- Boy Still Missing, by John Searles
- Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Women and Popular Music, by Sheila Whiteley

-First Person: Give Me Shelter
-Columns: Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem
Call for Woman of the Year
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BARBARA FINDLEN
Editor of Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation (Seal Press, 1995)

Sam, who is two, is really into Teletubbies and Barney. I used to be opposed to Teletubbies because the characters use baby talk. I thought it would be bad for little kids to watch, but I've come to think that this one show is not going to wreck their linguistic development.

I've also come to approve of Barney. Early on, my partner, Kristen, and I were complaining about his irritation factor. Then Kristen's sister said, "All parents say they want nonviolent shows that appeal to kids and teach good values. Then Barney comes along and people complain about it." She was right. The show gives lessons about being polite, sharing and being fair. And there is always a multicultural cast. While adults may view this as contrived, children don't. The more they see it, the more this becomes part of their expectation. At five, Grace is old enough to watch movies. We own several of them: The Lion King, Tarzan, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp. The approach weve settled on is that we ll watch anything age-appropriate and then talk about it. Kristen and I make a point of commenting. When Grace saw The Little Mermaid, we said, I don t think its fair that she has to give up her voice. Our approach has been a conscious one. If there's anything to distinguish this generation of kids, it's the intensity of the marketing to them. They're seen as consumers first, and will be for the rest of their lives. Anything else their identity as human beings, citizens, workers, students is secondary. They need to be prepared for this. That's why we've chosen to enter into the dialogue
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