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Ms. Celebrates a Birthday!

Photo Credit: ©Jenny Warburg

Gloria Steinem memorably said, when on her 40th birthday, someone said she didn’t look forty, “This is what 40 looks like!” Now, the magazine she co-founded and I edited for 17 years is turning 40.

To commemorate that occasion the New York City Council – the city of its birth – issued a proclamation to honor the magazine, the women who created it and its readers. Signed by Christine C. Quinn (for the Entire Council), the first woman New York City Council Speaker who hopes to be the city’s first woman mayor and Council Member Gale A. Brewer honored Ms. for “40 years of service to its readers who have shared their struggles, achievements and stories within its pages, and by so doing, have changed the world.”

Many former Ms. staffers were on hand, and as I looked around the City Hall I realized that as much as Ms. changed women’s lives, including our own, the people who worked on it also changed each other’s lives. Births, deaths, divorces, weddings, breakdowns, winning softball game, we both cheered and consoled each other. We lived with each other’s children and some even came to work with their mothers. Amazingly, two Ms. kids married two years ago and just had a baby, Kumi, “our” first grandchild.

Celebrate the Ms. magazine 40th Anniversary:

Ms. Magazine blogNew York City Honors 40 Years of Ms. Magazine – by Jennifer Williams
Women’s Media CenterMs. Is Celebrated in the City of its Birth – by Shelby Knox
Wonder Woman NetworkCelebrating 40 years of Ms. Magazine!

Photo Credit: ©Jenny Warburg

This is What “40” Looks Like – A Ms. Album of Family & Friends
Photos by ©Lynne Shapiro, New York Radical Feminists Archivist

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