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50 Years of Ms.

By: Katherine Spillar - editor, Eleanor Smeal - introduction, Gloria Steinem - foreword
Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Imani Jade Powers, Donna Allen, Carolina Hoyos, Nancy Bober, Jonathan Todd Ross, Hayden Bishop, Henriette Zoutomou, Nikki Massoud, Emily Lawrence, Annie Q
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Publisher's Summary

A celebration of Ms.—the most startling, most audacious, most norm-breaking of the magazine's groundbreaking pieces on women, men, politics (sexual and otherwise), marriage, family, education, work, motherhood, and reproductive rights, as well as the best of the magazine’s fiction, poetry, and letters. • Featuring Billie Jean King, Alison Bechdel, and Audre Lorde, among many others.

“I’ve been a Ms. reader since its earliest days. The magazine’s bold, boundary-breaking reporting has motivated me, infuriated me, and inspired me. And now this one extraordinary book—50 Years of Ms.—captures it all.” —Jane Fonda, actor and activist

“Ms.—in 1972—normalized being a woman, abortion and all. And here we are, 50 years later, needing that now more than ever.” —Sarah Silverman, comedian, actor, and writer

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, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brittney Cooper, and Joy Harjo, as well as fiction and poetry by Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrienne Rich, Rita Dove, and Sharon Olds, and many others.


* This audiobook edition includes a downloadable PDF of visuals from the book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2023 Katherine Spillar (P)2023 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“I can’t imagine our lives without Ms. magazine, that most radical, heart-wise, irreverent, outrageous and odd magazine! It is the only periodical that connects with all of women's lives, including those parts that secretly delight and scare us. Jai Maaa! (Victory to the mother!)”—Alice Walker

Ms. has proven itself to be a vital part of our national conversation, shaping and informing essential debates about women’s rights and opportunities, and, most importantly: giving women a voice. “You better believe I picked up an early copy, and have been an ardent reader over the years. As we know too well, women’s work is never finished, and so I look forward to the next fiftyyears of Ms. Together, let’s keep elevating women’s voices and ideas. Onward!”—Hillary Rodham Clinton

Ms. magazine was crucial in the creation of the women’s movement in the United States and the world—it inspired women to achieve our potential and take our place in society as feminist leaders. Ms. is just as important in today’s world, as feminist leadership is needed to create a just international society.” —Dolores Huerta, co-founder, United Farm Workers, and President, Dolores Huerta Foundation

Ms. has been a bold, powerful, indomitable force in the fight for gender justice and equality. When the first issue hit newsstands in 1972, the magazine introduced our nation for the very first time to an unapologetic voice from the ‘feminist frontlines:’ shining a bright light on urgent issues that had long been underreported. Ms. has fearlessly covered the issues that touch the lives of women, from domestic abuse and sexual harassment to workplace discrimination and reproductive care. Full of practical guidance and thoughtful insight, today Ms. remains an indispensable resource for navigating the challenges of the 21st Century—because, as I always say, when women succeed, America succeeds!”—Nancy Pelosi

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