For the past five decades Ms. has been the nation's most influential source of feminist ideas, and it remains at the forefront of feminism today, affecting thought and culture with a younger-than-ever readership (ages 16-20!).
Ms. was the first U.S. magazine to:
- feature prominent American women demanding the repeal of laws that criminalized abortion
- explain and advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment
- rate presidential candidates on women's issues
- feature domestic violence and sexual harassment on its cover, long before either was widely understood or acknowledged
- commission and publish a national study on date rape
Here is the best reporting, fiction, and advertising, decade by decade, as well as the best photographs and features that reveal and reflect the changes set in motion by Ms., along with the iconic covers that galvanized readers.
Here are essays, profiles, conversations with and features by: Alice Walker, Cynthia Enloe, Pauli Murray, Nancy Pelosi, bell hooks, Billie Jean King, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alison Bechdel, Brittney Cooper, and Joy Harjo, as well as fiction and poetry by Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrienne Rich, Rita Dove, and Sharon Olds, among many others.
Katherine Spillar is the Executive Editor of Ms. magazine and Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Spillar served four terms as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Dr. Michele Bratcher Goodwin is the Executive Producer of Ms. Studios, host of the popular Ms. podcast On the Issues with Michele Goodwin and a frequent contributor to Ms. whose work appears in the 50 Years of Ms. collection.
Dorothy Roberts is an author and the distinguished professor of Africana Studies, Law and Sociology at University of Pennsylvania. Her insights appear in the 50 Years of Ms. collection.