50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution

Books on Tape. Sept. 2023. ed. by Katherine Spillar. 20:56 hrs. ISBN 9780593830215. $95. HIST
Ms. magazine executive editor Spillar offers a spirited look back at the feminist magazine’s first 50 years since the inaugural issue, which was published in 1972. With chapters devoted to each decade of the magazine’s storied past, the book offers selected essays documenting how U.S. women began to confront misogyny, made financially gratifying career choices, and determined how, when, and whether to raise children. These essays and reflections, engagingly narrated by a full ensemble, including Hillary Huber, Imani Jade Powers, Nikki Massoud, and others, record how Ms. writers and publishers highlighted critical topics affecting women, from same-sex marriage to reproductive rights to music, talk radio, and more. In addition to fiction, essays, poetry, illustrations, and letters, listeners will also learn more about the magazine itself, including insight into how the publication navigated issues relating to ad sales, subscription revenue, readership, and more.
VERDICT A chorus of voices brings to life the writings, reflections, and history of a groundbreaking magazine. Pair with Stuff Mom Never Told You by Anney Reese and Samantha McVey.
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