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[26 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,137 views]
SELF- INVENTION – The Bond Among Women of All Generations

By Suzanne Braun Levine

One thing about being an older mother is that you are constantly reminded of the truism that age doesn’t really describe the shape of a person’s life. Nor does our place on the family tree, the generation we are assigned to at birth. When my daughter was born I was 44, old enough to be her grandmother. When she went to school, I was old enough to be her teachers’ (and her friends parents’) mother. At the same time my contemporaries had long since forgotten about coping with babies and young children – they were on to the joys of grandchildren. My most meaningful cohort was other women with children my children’s age, but not my age themselves.

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[21 Jun 2012 | No Comment | 4,315 views]
THIS IS WHAT “40” LOOKS LIKE <br /><em>Ms.</em> Celebrates a Birthday!

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.”

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[19 Jun 2012 | No Comment | 10,313 views]
Ms. Magazine, Wonder Woman and <br />40 Years of Change

Marlo Thomas
The Huffington Post
June 13, 2012

You can’t judge a book by its cover. But you can absolutely judge a magazine that way — because the cover is a good indication of what the magazine cares about. And that is precisely, why 40 years ago, women everywhere began grabbing up Ms. magazine with both hands. From the start — and continuing today — those covers have instantly told you that Ms. cared about what women cared about. With an editorial team staffed with revolutionaries, Ms. not only had the wisdom to imagine the perfect combination of image and cover line to capture the concept of an important issue; it also had chops to bang out the story.

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[28 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 1,706 views]
Ms. magazine’s 40th Anniversary<br />Let the Celebrations Begin!

The Clayman Institute for
Gender Research

By Suzanne Braun Levine

This year is the 40th Anniversary Year of Ms. Magazine. Hard to believe, and for those of us involved in that history, it is very moving to remember those early years. The birthday events began at The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University on January 26th as part of a four-month long celebration of feminism.

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[8 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 798 views]
Whose Narrative Is It, Anyway?  Some Thoughts On Sandra Fluke and<br /> Hester Prynne

Suzanne Braun Levine,
Huff/Post50
The actress Julianne Moore recently sounded off about celebrity magazines. “They encourage young women and some middle-aged women to be interested in somebody else’s narrative rather than their own,” she told Moremagazine. “I don’t want my daughter or her friends to be interested in Jessica Simpson. I want them to be interested in what’s happening in their own lives.” The message goes way beyond pop culture.
When I think about my own daughter and all the other “young women” who are the theme of this International Women’s Day, I realize …

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[6 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 1,056 views]
Welcome to Feminist.com

By Marianne Schnall, Founder &
Executive Director

“A central hub for leading feminist thought-leaders”
Feminist.com was founded in 1995, as a few women and I gathered around the kitchen table in my New York City apartment. The web was pretty new back then, and we wanted to tap into its amazing power to offer people around the world access to information about human rights, women’s issues, health, anti-violence resources, grassroots activism, women’s businesses, and pretty much anything that could possibly support a world where men and women are allied, empowered and equal.

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[6 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 993 views]
We Are Each Other’s Role Models

By Suzanne Braun Levine,
@Feminist.com

My new Column at Feminist.com – Navigating Second Adulthood – will look at the many challenges raised by the question: “What Will I Do with the Rest of My Life?” The answers are different for every woman, but they all reflect new opportunities for self-discovery, intimacy, and activism.

The first column in the Ongoing Series – “We are Each Other’s Role Models” – is an excerpt from How We Love Now: Sex and the New Intimacy in Second Adulthood:

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[20 Jan 2012 | No Comment | 1,981 views]
What We Left Behind: Girdles, Silence and Illegal Abortion

By Suzanne Braun Levine,
Huff/Post50

When I went to work at Ms. in 1972, I wore a matching pink skirt and blouse — and a girdle. I had just gotten married and was, therefore, not able to get a bank loan without my husband’s approval. I had given up playing basketball (half-court for girls) in college because no coach or court could be found. And I had had an illegal abortion.

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[7 Oct 2011 | One Comment | 5,197 views]
HOW YOUNG WE WERE!  Celebrating 40 Years of  Ms. Magazine and the Movement

By Suzanne Braun Levine,
Ms. Editor, 1972- 1988

I was interviewed recently for an article about the early days of Ms. magazine, which is about to be forty years old. Soon after that I was interviewed for an article about Our Bodies, Our Selves which was first published around the same time. When thinking about those days and looking at some photographs, my first thought is How Young We Were! And my second is How Brave We Were! Now I have another thought: How Lucky We Were! to be there.

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[11 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,717 views]
“I’m Not a Feminist But…..”

I was so touched by the note and poem I received from my friend Sean Strub – a feminist in good standing as well as a major AIDS activist – that I want to share it. He found the poem when he was going through his mother’s papers after she died recently. The short story he mentions, The Yellow Wallpaper, is a feminist classic, written in 1892; about a woman who is kept housebound by her husband and slowly goes mad.

Sean’s mother’s aversion to the word “feminist” is an example of the familiar “I’m not a feminist, but……” syndrome – a woman who walks the walk but doesn’t feel comfortable with the talk. It is clear to me – and to her son – that Janey was a feminist in spirit, which is where it counts. — Suzanne Braun Levine