50 Years of Ms. at the Cambridge Public Library



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October 2, 2023
6:00 PM ET
(Doors at 5:30 PM)


Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138


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Harvard Book Store celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Ms. Magazine with a discussion of the book 50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution. The event will feature a special panel of Ms. contributors including, Carrie Baker and Aziza Ahmed, advocates Diane Rosenfeld and Naitasia Hensey, and actor and activist Ashley Judd.


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About 50 Years of Ms.

For the past five decades Ms. has been the nation’s most influential source of feminist ideas, and it remains at the forefront of feminism today, affecting thought and culture with a younger-than-ever readership (ages 16-20!).

Ms. was the first U.S. magazine to:

  • feature prominent American women demanding the repeal of laws that criminalized abortion
  • explain and advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment
  • rate presidential candidates on women’s issues
  • feature domestic violence and sexual harassment on its cover, long before either was widely understood or acknowledged
  • commission and publish a national study on date rape

Here is the best reporting, fiction, and advertising, decade by decade, as well as the best photographs and features that reveal and reflect the changes set in motion by Ms., along with the iconic covers that galvanized readers.

Here are essays, profiles, conversations with and features by: Alice Walker, Cynthia Enloe, Pauli Murray, Nancy Pelosi, bell hooks, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brittney Cooper, and Joy Harjo, as well as fiction and poetry by Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrienne Rich, Rita Dove, and Sharon Olds, and many others.

Praise for Ms.

“Gloria Steinem and Ms. magazine changed the course of history for modern women, period. Who can say what direction things would have gone in without that movement, but there's no question our eyes were opened and have remained so. We just have to keep our eyes open—as well as our ears and hearts. It's constantly evolving, that's why it's called a movement. Always looking forward, baby.” —Whoopi Goldberg

Ms. magazine was crucial in the creation of the women’s movement in the United States and the world—it inspired women to achieve our potential and take our place in society as feminist leaders. Ms. is just as important in today’s world, as feminist leadership is needed to create a just international society.” —Dolores Huerta, co-founder, United Farm Workers

“I can’t imagine our lives without Ms. magazine, that most radical, heart-wise, irreverent, outrageous and odd magazine!  It is the only periodical that connects with all of women's lives, including those parts that secretly delight and scare us. Jai Maaa! (Victory to the mother!)” —Alice Walker

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Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress, feminist and social justice humanitarian, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Agency for Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights and the bestselling author of All That Is Bitter & Sweet. She has traveled to 22 countries, visiting brothels, refugee camps, hospices, and slums, learning directly from the vulnerable and resilient about male sexual violence and how to overcome gender inequality, and she serves on the boards of the International Center for Research on Women, the Rape and Incest National Network and Demand Abolition and is Ambassador for Culture Reframed and the Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speak Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom. Ashley was hailed as Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2017 as one of the Silence Breakers and as Global Advocate of the Year by the United Nations.

Aziza Ahmed
Aziza Ahmed

Aziza Ahmed

Aziza Ahmed is a Ms. contributor, Professor of Law and R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law at Boston University School of Law and Co-Director of the BU Law Program in Reproductive Justice. Ahmed’s scholarship examines the intersection of law, politics and science in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law, health law and family law. She is the author of the forthcoming book Feminism’s Medicine: Law, Science and Social Movements in the AIDS Response.

Carrie Baker
Carrie Baker

Carrie Baker

Carrie Baker is a regular contributing editor at Ms. whose work appears in the 50 Years of Ms. collection and co-chair of the Ms. Committee of Scholars. She currently serves as the Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies and a Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Smith College and is a co-founder, former co-director and member of the steering committee of the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice. Carrie is an expert on women's rights law and policy, with specialties in sexual violence and reproductive rights, and is the author of The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics and Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, and Practice, with Jennifer Ann Drobac and Rigel C. Oliveri.

Diane L. Rosenfeld
Diane L. Rosenfeld

Diane L. Rosenfeld

Diane L. Rosenfeld, JD, LLM, is Founding Director of the Gender Violence Program and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and previously served as the first Senior Counsel to the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Executive Assistant Attorney General. Diane taught the first legal seminar on Title IX in the country and advised the Obama Administration on the prevention of campus sexual assault and contributed to the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault. Her breakthrough legal work, research, and arguments have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour, and more. Her op-eds have been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, cnn.com, and the Harvard Crimson

Naitasia Hensey
Naitasia Hensey

Naitasia Hensey

Naitasia Hensey is a passionate advocate for intersectional feminist and racial justice and equality. She is a licensed attorney who also holds an MBA, and is the creator and host of the podcast Women of Color: Legal Diaries. She currently serves as the Board President of the Massachusetts National Organization for Women (Mass NOW), an organization with over 50 years of fighting for feminist policy within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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