Ms. Magazine

spring 2003
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Features
The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

News
Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

Departments
Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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In the Thick of Life at 70
Photographs and Interviews by Jessica Chornesky

"Elders are not a separate species," says photographer Jessica Chornesky. "I want to reframe how older women are perceived." Chornesky, 40, brings that idea vividly to life in her new multimedia project "70 Up." Chornesky, whose work has appeared in Time, the New York Times, Elle, and Rolling Stone, has interviewed and photographed more than two dozen women over 70 years old to spotlight their productivity and contributions. (Four appear here.) "I was drawn to photograph these women because it's a chance to get to know stories that are not often told," she says. "I don't think I'm alone in finding it enlightening to learn about older women's attitudes, triumphs, sorrows, fears and hopes-- especially when looking for clues on how to build meaningful lives for ourselves." The exhibit, which opens at the Museum of the City of New York March 8 and runs thorugh July 8, 2003 will tour the United States throughout 2003 and 2004. Chornesky expects "70 Up" will serve as a city-by-city focus for increasing public awareness about social and economic issues surrounding women's aging. Visit 70up.org for more information.


Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury began her Hollywood career with an Oscar nomination at age 19 for her performance in Gaslight, but she truly felt a success when she appeared in Mame at the age of 41 and became a golden girl of Broadway. Lansbury

launched her television career at 59 with the long running series, Murder, She Wrote. At age 77, she's going strong and has aspirations of playing one more juicy film role.

"Being sexy as an older woman doesn't mean that you're looking to hop into bed with the first person who gives you the eye. It has to do with demeanor. It has to do with the way you react, it has to do with energy and interest and excitement about life. That is sexy to me and I think that is what sexiness in older women is all about-- enthusiasm and excitment about life. Because life is really exciting... and sexy!"


Dolores Huerta
Cofounder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union in 1962, Dolores Huerta has dedicated her life to the struggle for justice and dignity for migrant farm workers. One of the nation's most powerful and respected labor leaders, she has been honored with

community service, labor, Hispanic and women's awards. She was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

"Si, se puede. Yes, it can be done. When you get older, you have a better perspective because you can look back and measure what's been done. So it always gives you more hope for the future. If you stay active, you definitely stay younger. Older women who have always been active have advantages. When you've been around a long time, you know a lot of people who when they were younger were supporters or the staff of a union or people you dealt with. Now they're in higher levels of government or organizations, so it makes it easier to do things because if they know of your work and respect you, they can open a lot of doors for you."


Mathilde Krim
Mathilde Krim is a biologist, fundraiser adn lobbyist for AIDS who has taken bold action from a young age when she worked in Europe for the underground during World War II. Her AIDS work began in the lab in the early '80s with research on the use of alpha Interferon to treat an AIDS-related cancer. This soon evolved into her cofounding the American Foundation for AIDS Research

(amfAR), now the preeminent AIDS research and advocacy organization, which she chairs. This work, started when she was 55, has earned her many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.

"I was most vigorous when I was 50. When I was 30, I could very easily dance all night and go back to the lab the next morning. I couldn't do that now. But, when I was 30 I was also easily intimidated, very shy and I felt awkward in some social situations. I lost that by the age of 40 and, by the time I was 50, I felt really confident and calm. It was a wonderful feeling. It comes with age, and I still have it. Je suis bien dans ma peau, as we say in French-- I feel well in my skin."


Sumi Leonard
Sumi Leonard is living proof that it's never too late to follow a dream. A world class track athlete, she only found her passion at 58 after leading a self-admittedly uninspired life as a teacher and housewife. At 74 she travels the globe for track competitions and meets.

"I'm very happy when my birthday comes-- because of my running. Soon I'll be 75. I look forward to the new age group I'll be in because I see a window of opportunity for a World Championship. I know what I have to do and I'll do it! Age hasn't gotten in the way of my ambition. My dad has been really influential in my life. I started running when I was 58. My mother said,'Sumi, you shouldn't do that; it's too dangerous,' and my father said, 'If you're happy, go for it!'"

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