Ms. at 50: 5 Many years of Enjoying by Our Personal Guidelines

After 50 years, Ms. journal stays as brazen as ever.

“First, there have been some ladies writers and editors who began asking questions. Why was our work so unconnected to our lives? Why had been the media, together with ladies’s magazines, so hardly ever or so superficially within the large modifications occurring to ladies? Why had been we at all times taking part in the sport by another person’s (the writer’s, the advertiser’s) guidelines?

“Then, there have been questions from activists; ladies who had been attempting to lift cash for an data service and self-help initiatives, significantly for poor or remoted ladies, and having little or no luck. Mightn’t a publication—say, a publication—serve to hyperlink up ladies, and to generate revenue as properly?

“The 2 teams met a number of occasions early in 1971, and agreed that all of us wished a publication that was owned by and sincere about ladies. The concept of a full-fledged nationwide journal got here up; a publication created by and managed by ladies that might be as severe, outrageous, satisfying, unhappy, funky, intimate, world, compassionate, and filled with change as ladies’s lives actually are.”

—”A Private Report from Ms.,” July 1972

When it launched 50 years in the past, Ms. journal was a brazen act of independence—demonstrating the untapped potential for journalism that centered information and evaluation on ladies and their lives and made a feminist worldview extra accessible to the general public.

That potential rapidly pivoted to energy. Ms. didn’t simply cowl the information—it made information. It reported on traits and helped to create them.

Over time, Ms. has sparked legal guidelines and judicial modifications, influenced coverage, generated new vocabulary and compelled motion on points too lengthy ignored. Articles in Ms. have gained a number of awards, led to motion pictures and books, spurred new feminist scholarship and are broadly reprinted and included in textbooks and collections. Ms. has helped form modern feminism, with its editors and writers translating a motion into {a magazine}.

Right now Ms. continues to publish a print journal, which is distributed quarterly by membership subscriptions and newsstand gross sales and at feminist conferences—and can be despatched free to hundreds of girls in prisons and home violence shelters.

Ms. has a rising digital presence. Our web site,, attracts thousands and thousands of readers from across the globe. Breaking information content material is printed each day, with 150 new articles posted every month. Among the many hottest and broadly lined subjects: defending reproductive autonomy post-Dobbs and ratifying the Equal Rights Modification, together with dispatches from grassroots and world activists. Ms. has a social media following of half one million throughout key channels and an lively membership checklist receiving each day and weekly newsletters.

Constructing on the journal’s wealthy legacy, Ms. Studios launched in 2020. Led by ladies of coloration, it’s house to an array of multimedia programming, together with in style podcasts On the Points With Michele Goodwin and Fifteen Minutes of Feminism.

Our latest digital platform, Ladies & Democracy, supplies in-depth evaluation on a big selection of points impacting full and truthful illustration.

And Ms. Classroom brings the journal into curricula at faculties—and more and more at excessive faculties—nationwide.

Yr after 12 months, Ms. endeavors to tell, encourage, enlighten, mobilize and entertain our readers. Ms. continues to be the place the place feminists discover data and inspiration.

We thanks, our loyal readers, for these previous 50 years—and the following 50! Because the earliest editors of this journal wrote, “Ms. belongs to all of us.”

This text initially appeared in Ms.’s Winter 2023 situation, commemorating our fiftieth anniversary. Be a part of the Ms. neighborhood as we speak and get the difficulty delivered straight to your mailbox.

Our forthcoming e book, 50 Years of Ms.: The Better of the Pathfinding Journal That Ignited a Revolution (Alfred A. Knopf, Fall 2023), is a historical past of girls’s development, a testomony to how far we’ve progressed in 5 a long time—and a reminder of how far we nonetheless should go. Sign up here to be alerted when pre-sales start—and be among the many first to order your copy.