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Spring 2006

Ms. Spring 2006 cover


What role did Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff play in allowing American companies to profit by exploiting tens of thousands of female workers in the Northern Marianas Islands?

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letters
Keeping Score

 
   
National
Global

Our Bodies Under Siege
Ward Connerly Strikes Again |
Michigan initiative would end affirmative action for women and minorities.
A Girl's Own Story
| Geena Davis advocates for gender balance in children's movies.
Restoration Babe
| By creating a new cultural center, Ani DiFranco helps rebuild Buffalo.
We Deserve Some Answers
| A new national effort suggest six questions to ask public officials about birth control..
Braun on Alito
Short Takes
Calendar

Return of the Stolen Girls
Beacons of Hope
The Silent Walkers
A Roma Walker
Short Takes
| News from around the world: Israel, Nepal, Italy, South Africa, Norway, Iran, Australia, Czech Republic, Mexico, Palestine and more!

   
FEATURES
Garment workers
Photo: Martin Von Krogh

Cover Story
Sex and Greed in a Paradise Lost | Rebecca Clarren, photography by Martin von Krogh
Ms. investigates the controversial garment industry of the Northern Mariana Islands - a US territory - and learns how lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Rep. Tom DeLay helped it thrive. Listen to Rebecca Clarren and Ms. Executive Editor Katherine Spillar discuss this article on "Fresh Air" on NPR!

Watson and Tannen
Photo: Rebekah A. Meek

Deborah Tannen on Mothers and Daughters | Tennessee Jane Watson
The bestselling linguist reveals the feminism that underlies her study of communication patterns between mothers and daughters.

Conversations With Mom |
Ellen Snortland
We eavesdropped on famous feminist moms Ellen Goodman, Faye Wattleton and Dolores Huerta as they chat with their grown daughters.

Audrey Tautou in "The Da Vinci Code"
Photo: Columbia Pictures

 

Feminism, Israeli Style | Alice Shalvi
A noted Israeli feminist reveals how the country's women thought they didn't need a movement - until they realized how far they'd fallen behind.

There's Something About Mary Magdalene | Jane Schaberg and Melanie Johnson-Debaufre
Two religious scholars insist Mary was neither the biblical whore nor the woman portrayed in
The Da Vinci Code.

 
DEPARTMENTS
Remembrance
Betty Friedan: She Changed Our Lives

Coretta Scott King: A Revolutionary Woman | Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Money
Getting Away With Murder | Martha Burk

Health
Going Natural | Susan Love, MD. and Sue Rochman

Book Excerpt
The Burning Time | Robin Morgan

Book Reviews
Barbara Isenberg on Wendy Wasserstein's Elements of Style

Erin Aubrey Kaplan on Elizabeth Nunez's Prospero's Daughter

Michele Kort on Judith A. Houck 's Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine and Menopause in Modern America

Samantha Dunn on Terri Jentz 's Strange Piece of Paradise

Ellen Chesler on Christina Page's How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex

Great Reads for Spring 2006

Backtalk
Women Needed to Clean Beltway Mess | Donna Brazile

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