Target: Senior Editor Michele Kort
Goal: Thank Ms. Magazine for four decades of feminist leadership
Forty years after Wonder Woman appeared on the first issue of Ms. magazine, she still remains a strong female role model appearing on the 40th anniversary edition of the magazine. Ms. magazine came to fruition when feminist and activist Gloria Steinem realized that there was nothing really for women to read that was about issues affecting women and controlled by women.
Ms. has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The first issue was put together in a cramped room using make-shift desks. But that did not stop the women from creating something that would fundamentally change the feminist movement and women’s lives in general.
The Preview Issue of Ms. generated 20,000 letters and hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts, some of which went on to be published and win awards. It because clear, as Gloria Steinem put it best, if something is happening to one woman, maybe it is happening to other women too. Facing many challenges in the beginning from media to advertising, nothing could stop these women. The editors often used their own personal experiences as inspiration for articles.
The first issue of Ms. featured Wonder Woman on the cover with the tag line “Wonder Woman for President.” Forty years later Wonder Woman is depicted striding through the streets of Washington behind women marching to stop the attacks on their rights.
Ms. celebrated the monumental 40th anniversary with a panel discussion in which the editor said the magazine will be taking a strong stance against anti-abortion extremists. The magazine proves time and time again how devoted it is to changing the world and demonstrating to women everywhere how their voice can be heard.
Today, Ms. has expanded to the internet and is present in college and university programs across the country. They continue investigation and coverage of today’s most pressing women’s issues. If the last 40 years is any indication of what Ms. is capable of doing, we all look forward to the next 40 years. Sign the petition to celebrate Ms. Magazine for all it has accomplished and all that it will accomplish in the future.
Dear Ms. Kort,
Celebrating 40 years is a huge milestone. The changes Ms. Magazine has made in the lives of women and the women’s movement as a whole is awe-inspiring. Ms. has given women an outlet to connect with other women; to know they are not alone in their struggles. It is hard to imagine where the world would be without Ms.
Along with groundbreaking articles, Ms. has lists and lists of accomplishments. It has popularized ‘Ms.’ as a form of address for all women, made it commonplace for women to keep or reclaim their own names, and established the use of hyphenated names.
For the past four decades Ms. Magazine has been paramount for women everywhere. Thank you for demolishing every challenge you are faced with and paving the way for women to do the same. Women can not wait to see what the next forty years have in store for Ms. Magazine.
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