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35 Years of Women's Rights and Ms. Magazine

by Staff

Tags: women's rights, Ms. magazine, women's progress, Gloria Steinem,

Ms.Gloria Steinem created Ms. as a forum for hitherto unheard female voices. It was the first feminist magazine to enjoy immense popularity, with women across America reading it like the Bible in the 1970s.

After its first issue was published in 1972, network news anchor Harry Reasoner said, "I'll give it six months before they run out of things to say." Thirty-five years later Ms. continues to be a leading national magazine that boasts extensive coverage of issues effecting women internationally. For its 35th anniversary issue, Ms. decided to check in on some of the most pressing concerns of feminists by comparing women in 2007 with their cohorts in 1972.

A few of the results prove to be hopeful and give praise to the women who have fought for equality in the last 35 years:

But the results also show that women aren’t as liberated today as many like to think:

Cara Binder