|FEATURE | winter 2008
In choosing the cover for this special Inaugural issue, Ms. wanted to capture both the national and feminist mood of high expectations and hope as the 44th President of the United States takes the oath of office.
Expectations have only grown since the election, with President-Elect Obama now enjoying over 80% of the public’s support. Most people wish him well, and indeed hope he does “save” us from economic disasters, unending war and occupation, global warming, the decline in our international reputation, and relentless attacks on women’s rights, civil rights, human rights, science, privacy…the list goes on.
When the chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation board, Peg Yorkin, and I met Barack Obama, he immediately offered “I am a feminist.” And better yet, he ran on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in American history. Feminist Karen Kornbluh, the platform’s principle author, ensured women’s rights, opportunities, advancement, and issues were addressed throughout the historic document.
Never has it been easy fighting for equality and social justice. The politics of Washington, our nation, and our world are tough. We have spent far too many years fighting to keep the ground we had already gained. Now is the time to move forward. We are in one of those rare transformational times in history.
Now is our time to think big. We cannot settle for less…too many women’s lives, too many people’s lives, depend on it.
In this spirit, the Editors of Ms. magazine have asked our readers and feminist leaders, experts, and activists to share their visions of what must be done to move forward at this extraordinary time.
Please see Visions of Change in the current issue of Ms. magazine and please add yours here.