Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

January-02-02

Judy Mann Retires from Washington Post

Prize-winning writer Judy Mann retired her column in the Washington Post last week by calling for more women in news media commentary. In her farewell column, Mann declared her “fervent hope that more and more women will be given space in our newspapers so that women’s voices will be heard.” She continued, “We do have important things to say.” Mann focused particular attention on opening up space for women to comment on the federal budget, the foreign aid budget, the need for international family planning programs, and the global AIDS epidemic. “Women are a majority in the United States,” said Mann. “By rights, in a democracy, we should occupy 50 percent of the slots on the op-ed pages of America’s newspapers. We should occupy 50 percent of the top editorships in newspapers. We should be allowed to bring what interests us – as women and mothers and wives – to the table, and I don’t mean token stories about child care.”

An ardent women’s rights supporter, Mann has written on numerous women’s issues in the Washington Post since the late 1970s. She was the first to report on the gender gap in political issues and candidates, covering the topic when no one thought the gender gap was interesting or important. Mann was also one of the first to report on gender apartheid in Afghanistan, illustrating how important the female voice can be in news media. Throughout her career, Mann has also paid close attention to covering sex discrimination in schools, female genital mutilation, and breast cancer research, among other subjects of particular interest to women.

In addition to her column, Mann has published two books, including The Difference: Growing Up Female in America, which highlights the damaging effects of gender typing of children. Mann, a native of Washington, DC, has also written for numerous magazines, including Ms., and has given numerous radio and television interviews

Media Resources: Washington Post, 12/28/01; Kirkus Reviews, 1994; Feminist Majority Foundation


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

12/16/2014 Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison - A federal civil rights lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a Wisconsin woman who was jailed after allegedly using methamphetamines while 14 weeks pregnant. Tamara Loertscher, 30, was jailed after seeking prenatal care at a Mayo Clinic branch in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. . . .
 
12/16/2014 Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access - A newly-created anti-abortion group has announced a new tactic meant to end abortion access nationwide. In the wake of major defeats for personhood ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota's recent elections, anti-abortion extremist Gualberto Garcia Jones, who authored Colorado's failed Amendment 67, is now instructing groups to abandon statewide votes for personhood amendments. . . .
 
12/16/2014 Thousands Marched for Justice in Washington, DC in the Wake of Fatal Police Violence - On Saturday, December 13, the National Action Network (NAN), NAACP, and other civil rights organizations led the Justice For All March in Washington, DC. . . .