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Suzanne Braun Levine

Suzanne Braun Levine
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Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, families, and changing gender roles. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine and the first woman to edit the Columbia Journalism Review. In her recent work Levine has celebrated a new stage of life – Second Adulthood – and she reports on the ongoing changes in women’s lives in her books, in media interviews (including Oprah! Charlie Rose and NPR) and lectures, and in frequent blogs for AARP, Encore.org, Huff/Post50, and Next/Avenue.

She was a presenter at TEDx Women in 2011 and was honored on MAKERS.com – the largest video collection of women’s stories – for Women’s History Month 2014. She is on the Advisory Council of The Women’s Media Center and a WMC SheSource expert on women, media and family issues.

She is an advisor to several organizations dealing with midlife transitions, including The Transition Network, and on the Board of Encore.org – “second acts for the greater good” – a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. Currently she is working on a book project for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation that will tell the unreported and often unnecessarily harrowing stories of women with disabilities in the medical system and develop guidelines for more compassionate and successful treatments.

Her new eBook Can Men Have It All? What the ‘Daddy Track’ Means for Women (Shebooks.net/April, 2014) examines the changing role of fatherhood and the state of the work-life balance for modern couples, a subject she introduced in her pioneering book: Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First (Harcourt/2000). Levine’s essay on the politics of family life – “Parenting: A New Social Contract” – is included in SISTERHOOD IS FOREVER, edited by Robin Morgan (Atria Books, 2003).

YOU GOTTA HAVE GIRLFRIENDS – A Post-Fifty Posse Is Good for Your Health was Suzanne Levine’s first eBook (Open Road Integrated Media, April 2013) and the fourth in her on-going conversation with women over fifty that began with her popular book INVENTING THE REST OF OUR LIVES (Viking/2005).

In 50 IS THE NEW FIFTY(Viking, 2009), she named the tumultuous transition to second adulthood “the Fertile Void,” explored women’s new quest for authenticity and their discovery that “NO” is not a four-letter word. HOW WE LOVE NOW – Women Talk About Intimacy After 50 (Plume/2013) includes frank conversations with women about how they are reinventing love, intimacy and sex.

She is co-author (with the late editor and author Mary Thom) of a widely acclaimed oral history of Congresswoman Bella Abzug (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2007). BELLA ABZUG: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way, chronicles the life and passion of one of the Women’s Movement’s most influential leaders.


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From its founding in 1972 to 1988, Levine edited Ms. magazine the feminist publication which became a voice for the Women’s Movement, pioneered a new kind of personal reporting and political activism in its pages.

The magazine received worldwide recognition for its coverage of previously unreported or under-reported issues that concerned women – from abortion, rape, domestic violence, genital mutilation, to equal pay and access to credit, sports opportunities for girls, and women in the media and arts. Many of these issues remain at the center of national and international political debates and policies today.

Ms. 15th Anniversary

While at Ms., Levine developed and produced the Peabody-Award winning HBO special “She’s Nobody’s Baby: A History of American Women in the 20th Century.” A book based on the special was written by Susan Dworkin and edited by Levine (A Fireside Book, Simon & Schuster, 1983). She also conceived and co-edited with Harriet Lyons, A Decade of Women: A Ms. History of the Seventies in Words and Pictures (Putnam, l980).


She was the guest Editor-in-Chief of the 30th Anniversary issue of Ms. magazine in 2002. In 2004 Levine was honored by the magazine as a “Ms. Woman of the Year.” Her papers are now in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s Archives at Smith College.

Ms. Magazine 30th Anniversary Issue

She was the editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, the prestigious monitor of media matters, from 1989 to 1997. Her essay “A News Consumer’s Bill of Right’s” is included in CONSUMING DESIRES (Island Press, 1999) edited by Roger Rosenblatt.

She is on the Board of Encore.org – second acts for the greater good, the non-profit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose that has launched the Encore Careers Movement, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, Inc. and the Advisory Board for the Women’s Media Center and The Transition Network.


Suzanne began her magazine journalism career as an editor and reporter for Seattle, MademoiselleMcCall’s magazines and Time/Life Books, after graduating with honors from Harvard University. She has received numerous honors and taught journalism at several universities. She has keynoted major conferences including, The San Miguel Writers Conference, the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and the Annual Women at Woodstock Gatherings for women over 50.

She lives in New York with her husband Robert F. Levine, an attorney. They have two adult children.