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

After a decade of successful use in Europe and a protracted tug-of-war here, mifepristone is at long last available to women in the U.S. On the surface, this option seems straightforward enough-a way to end early pregnancy by taking two drugs over the course of three days. It will provide women and girls with an alternative to surgery for the approximately 1.4 million abortions that occur in the U.S. every year.

Nevertheless, mifepristone's arrival has fueled fervor on both sides of the abortion debate. Already fettered by existing waiting-period and parental-consent laws, it has also inspired new anti-choice legislation. Requiring extensive medical protocols, the drug is too expensive for many women to afford. But despite its drawbacks, many women's health advocates are applauding mifepristone's arrival. The drug has the potential to improve access to abortion, boosting the number of doctors who offer it and frustrating the efforts of anti-choice militants. As Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, says, "This is the first truly major technological breakthrough for women's reproductive health care since the birth control pill was introduced in 1960."