Ms. Magazine
The F Word
The word "feminist" still raises hackles. Is claiming this word all about age, race, and class?

-Just The Facts
-Word: Impossible
-Women to Watch

Zero Balance
Those entering middle age are discovering--sometimes too late--that women get the short end of the stick when it comes to retirement benefits.
-Women's Bodies are Finally Being Studied
The Abortion Pill
Making mifepristone available in this country took decades of struggle and remains fraught with controversy.
-Editor's Page
-The Guerilla Girls
-No Comment
Portfolio: Romaine Brooks
Lesbian society in Paris at the turn of the 20th century is captured by this groundbreaking portraitist.
Uppity Women: Rosario Robles' Bold Agenda

-The Serpent Slayer by Katrin Tchana, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
-Desirada, Maryse Conde
-Glory Goes And Gets Some, Emily Carter
-The Moon Pearl, Ruthanne Lum McCunn
-Kiss My Tiara, Susan Jane Gilman
-Motiba's Tattoos, Mira Kamdar

-First Person: By Any Other Name
-Columns: Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem
I call myself a feminist. But I think people's reasons for not wanting to call themselves feminists are totally valid. I share their concerns, but my way of dealing with it is by changing feminism to more accurately represent my values.
There must be a critical analysis of race and class and sexual orientation and how they work together. But I'd rather see my generation take on feminism than throw it out altogether. Some gains made by the second wave benefited all women, but there's truth to the criticism that 1960s and 1970s feminism did not reflect the concerns of low-income women or women of color. It's up to young women to make this movement what we want it to be.
photograph by henry leutwyler