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 communities 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
Tell us who you think should be recognized in this special issue.

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MICHAEL FRANTI
Musician

My older son is 13 and my younger son is two, so there's a wide range in what theyre watching. The thing I've always thought with my 13-year-old is that if he brings home Eminem and I tell him, "You can t listen to that! Thats sexist and misogynistic and homophobic," it's not going to teach him about sexism and misogyny and homophobia. It's going to teach him that dad is a fascist and he has to sneak around to listen to Eminem. Same goes for videos. I figure its better if I talk with him about the issues it brings up. For my younger son, we have a great video from HBO called GoodnightMoon, which features superstars telling stories as if to their own kids. It s narrated by Susan Sarandon, and it has Hush, Little Baby sung by Lauryn Hill. They interview kids talking about their dreams. Its incredible to hear what dreams mean to kids that age.

LOIS-ANN YAMANAKA
Author of Father of the Four Passages (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001)

My son, who will be ten in April, is autistic. His favorite videotapes are The Great Mouse Detective and The Rescuers. He really enjoys movies with mice, even the mice in Cinderella. I think it's the quality of their voices, high and squeaky. When we have to do something thats traumatic for him, like cut his hair, we let him pick out the videos — something he takes quite seriously, reading the backs, looking at every single tape. He generally chooses things that are fun, like Disney.


Carolyn Mackler is a Ms. contributing editor and the author of the young-adult novel Love and Other Four-Letter Words (Delacorte, 2000).