Ms. Magazine
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 communiities 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: Coline Jenkins-Sahlin

-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.
Dorothy Roberts talks about reproductive rights in black and white.
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

-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.

By Jennifer Block


Back in March of 1999, officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology admitted that a report, initiated by a group of faculty members, proved that the school discriminated against its female science professors. The women behind the incriminating study figured MIT couldnt be the only top-notch university discriminating just the only one to say so. They were right. In January, nine other schools, including Princeton, Yale, and Harvard, met to examine their policies. In the end, they announced that barriers still exist for women faculty and that institutions of higher education have an obligation . . . to fully develop and utilize all the creative talent available. They promised to make improvements.

John Arkell, headmaster of a Scottish private school, had some interesting advice for his female pupils on Speech Day: Don't concentrate too hard on a career, for you might end up lonely and childless. According to local newspapers, he told students, "We are right to be educating girls with the same enthusiasm and care as boys, but the boys will not be having the babies. Will they wake up in a senior post with no husband and children?" After the speech Arkell defended his remarks to upset parents: "I wanted to get the message across that they might miss the boat."

Maybe Scotland could use a Take Our Daughters to Work Day — which, by the way, is Thursday, April 26, this year. Since the Ms. Foundation launched the event in 1993, more than 80 million girls have participated. Bring a daughter (she doesn't have to be your own) to work with you — we wouldnt want her to miss any boats.

Estimates indicate there are nearly 20 million women with disabilities in the paid workforce in the U.S. Are you one of them? The Institute for Community Inclusion at the Children's Hospital of Boston is conducting a survey to find out more about your experiences on the job. If youre 21 or older and would like to participate, contact Susan Foley at (617) 355-4099 (voice); (617) 355-6956 (TTY) and ask for the Women's Project, or e-mail

The higher a company is on the Fortune 500, the more likely it is to have policies that protect its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered employees from discrimination, according to the Human Rights Campaign. And the word is out: more than half of the Fortune 500 have adopted antidiscrimination policies, as have 116 cities and counties, and more than 3,600 U.S. employers now offer domestic-partner benefits. The public is more enlightened, too: a Newsweek poll shows that 83% of the U.S. population believes that gay and lesbian workers should be given equal rights in employment, up from 56% in 1977. Even merger mania can help: when companies consolidate, anti-discrimination policies are more often extended to the newly acquired employees than stripped away.