On Stands Now
The Spring 2003 issue was produced
by Qwerty Communications, Inc.
say Ashley Judd, Margaret Cho, Camryn Manheim
and Whoopi Goldberg. The
"This is What a Feminist Looks Like!" Ms. Magazine
Survey in this issue finds a solid majority of
U.S. women support the women's movement, with
the strongest support among young women. Watch
here for "fast facts" from the poll.
War No More Women come
together to take action against the impending
war with Iraq.
What's Online? Celebs
speak out on feminism, take action with the
Do" list by Gloria Steinem
is What a Feminist Looks Like
Making of a Political Activist
When I was 13, my
father handed me a slim paperback titled
Facts of Life and Love for Teenagers. My
little book became the hottest item at camp that
summer...The only problem was that I didn't understand
much of what I read and I was too embarrassed
to ask questions. No one in my home said "sex."
Ancient history? I wish. Full
from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood
When Marjane Satrapi
started working at l'Atelier des Vosges, home
to many of France's celebrated new wave comic
book artists, she would regale her fellow artists
with amazing stories of her family-- stories of
dethroned emperors, suicidal uncles, state-sanctioned
whippings, and heroes of the revolution-- in short,
the details of daily life in contemporary Iran.
the Thick of Life at 70
"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 interviewed and photographed more than
two dozen women over 70 years old to spotlight
their productivity and contributions.
on Death Row
In the 27 years since the
Supreme Court revived capital punishment, ten
women have been put to death. As the nation continues
to debate the use of executions as a crime prevention
strategy, the fate of these women is mostly absent
from public discussion. They are a policy afterthought,
as invisible in their potential deaths as they
were in their lives.
in Congo Form Common Front for Peace
All along women have been
developing plans for their vision of the political
management of Congo. This initiative came from
a collective of women's groups known as
as Partners for Peace in Africa (WOPPA) led
by Ellyse Dimandja. Women's organizations are
actively engaged in keeping the country moving
toward peace. Full
Fight for Reproductive Rights
Along with Ireland, Poland's
abortion law is one of the strictest in Europe.
Under communism, women had little or no access
to contraceptives (or tampons or anesthesia during
childbirth). Abortion was not just
it was broadly used as a means of birth control.
Only 124 legal abortions were reported in Poland
in 2001. Estimates of illegal abortions range
from 80,000 to 200,000. Full
with Strollers: The Gaybie Boom on Wheels
Somehow, I wasn’t surprised
when the first Beltway Baby of 2003—born
in our nation’s capital’s greater
metropolitan area—turned out to have two
mothers...as it happens, just about every lesbian
couple I know between the ages of 27 and 42 (and
some single lesbians as well) are trying either
to get pregnant or to adopt, are currently expecting,
or have small children already underfoot.
Lessens Cancer Risk
If each woman in the U.S.
breastfed each of her two children for six months
longer than she does now, Beral and her colleagues
conclude, the number of new breast cancer cases
in the U.S. could be reduced by more than 7,500
each year. More than half the countries in the
world provide routine nursing breaks for mothers
in the workplace. So far, the U.S. does not.
Still No Peace
by international players and pleas from Afghan
officials, the expansion of international peacekeepers
beyond Kabul remains unfulfilled. And the accompanying
violence around the country is probably the single
biggest obstacle to getting international authorities
to pay sufficient attention to women's rights
in the Feminist Daily News
in Summer: LA, CA, 1963
The Umschlagplatz, where transports
of Jews were shipped East decades earlier, still
received trains, including mine. Disembarking
into the early morning haze, I realized I was
stepping out of a station where others only stepped
Peace is (More Than Ever) A Feminist Issue
Today's wars are about oil.
But alternate energies exist now-- solar, wind--
for every important energy-using activity in our
lives. The only human work that cannot be done
without oil is war.
Every anti-war movement deserves
a good song (or two or three) for emotional sustenance
and inspiration. The Iraqi conflict turned out
to be short on inspiring music, from both sides
of the political spectrum— except, we might
suggest, from feminist rock trio Sleater-Kinney.
Stumbles Over Rape Reporting
With over 60 original essays
Robin Morgan commissioned from well-known feminist
leaders plus energetic Gen X and Y activists,
is a composite
mural of the female experience in America: where
we’ve been, where we are, where we’re
going. Read the excerpt “Biologically Correct”
by Natalie Angie.
Sisterhood Is Forever
Discrimination at Work
Women have a foothold in most
professions today, but lawsuits are documenting
how tenuous that can be. Expanding the "comfort
factor" between the mostly male bosses and
credentialed, up-and-coming women is a challenge.
It is made harder, of course, if the corporation
handicaps women by sponsoring men-only "outings."
National in the Feminist Daily News
Action on Trial
Summitt's 800th Victory
In the past 20 years, no fewer
than eight federal courts have considered and
rejected the claim that Title IX sets up a quota
system. See how Coach Pat Summitt founded a Title
IX in the Feminist Daily News
Statement of War on Iraq
On the January 22 anniversary
Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing
abortion, Kopp's circle of committed abortion
foes, members of a group who call themselves the
"Army of God," traveled to Buffalo to
demonstrate in support of Kopp. | Full
in the Feminist Daily News
War: Women Take Action Worldwide
Gloria Steinem and Ellie
Smeal speak out against the war - and
for the collective action among women's organizations
and peace organizations that has arisen in response
to Bush's actions. | Full
Roy: The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb
But what does the term “anti-American”
mean? Does it mean you are anti-jazz? Or that you’re
opposed to freedom of speech? That you don’t
delight in Toni Morrison or John Updike? That you
have a quarrel with giant sequoias?
"Consider the changes made
by women's movements here and around the world in
just a few decades. Historians say they are wider
and and deeper than the Industrial Revolution.
project that same degree of transformation into
the future. Imagining change is the first step toward
creating it." Full
Your Feminist Pride
Poll: Feminist Tide Sweeps In
Today, in a country so narrowly
divided in its politics that the loss of one seat
shifts party control of the Senate and the last
presidential election had to be decided in federal
courts, an unshakably solid majority of women
aligns with the women's movement, its accomplishments,
and its goals.