(New York, NY) - With Wonder Woman on its cover, the first regular issue of Ms. magazine was launched in New York in July 1972. To celebrate the milestone 40th anniversary of the first national feminist magazine “Born in New York,” City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Gale A. Brewer will present a Proclamation to Ms. founders, staff and friends on June 13, at City Hall [1:00 pm. City Council Chamber, NY City Hall].
“For the generations of women who created forty years ofMs. magazine, it’s especially moving to be honored by this city of its birth,” said Gloria Steinem, a founder and editor. “We thank Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Gale A. Brewer and all who made this happen,” she said, “and, I thank my beloved New York itself. As E. B. White wrote, ‘this city, this mischievous and marvelous monument which not to look upon would be like death.’”
Recognizing the 1970s as a pioneering decade for women, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, said:
Ms. magazine was born in the decade of the first edition of Our Bodies,
OurSelves, the founding of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the
National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas which brought 20,000
women together to develop a National Plan of Action for gender equality.
A rainbow of proud and capable women are in business, politics, media, advocacy, labor, medicine and other fields because of the leadership coming out of the women’s movement.
Congratulations to Gloria Steinem, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Marlo Thomas, Patricia Carbine, Suzanne Braun Levine, Mary Thom, Joanne Edgar, Robin Morgan, Marcia Ann Gillespie, Helen Zia, Ellie Smeal, Katherine Spillar and everyone who helped – and who is still helping - Ms. change the world.
Happy 40th to Ms. magazine.”
For the last decade, Ms. magazine has been published by the Feminist Majority Foundation, led by its president and founder, Ellie Smeal. Elected twice as president of the National Organization for Women, Ellie Smeal is among feminism’s most widely respected activists and leaders.
Speaking on behalf of the current Ms. leadership , staff and readers, Ellie Smeal, said: “Today, the magazine remains an interactive enterprise in which an unusually diverse readership is simultaneously engaged with each other and the world. The modern Ms. boasts the most extensive coverage of international women’s issues of any magazine available in the United States. At the same time, Ms. continues its time-honored traditions and its emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis is bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to create the feminism of the future.”
The Ms. 40th Anniversary Proclamation Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall. The Stated Council Meeting is open to the public. Press coverage invited. Contact: Karin Lippert, email@example.com, phone: 416-923-4707 .
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