Ms. Magazine
The F Word
The word "feminist" still raises hackles. Is claiming this word all about age, race, and class?

-Just The Facts
-Word: Impossible
-Women to Watch

Zero Balance
Those entering middle age are discovering--sometimes too late--that women get the short end of the stick when it comes to retirement benefits.
-Women's Bodies are Finally Being Studied
The Abortion Pill
Making mifepristone available in this country took decades of struggle and remains fraught with controversy.
-Editor's Page
-The Guerilla Girls
-No Comment
Portfolio: Romaine Brooks
Lesbian society in Paris at the turn of the 20th century is captured by this groundbreaking portraitist.
Uppity Women: Rosario Robles' Bold Agenda

-The Serpent Slayer by Katrin Tchana, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
-Desirada, Maryse Conde
-Glory Goes And Gets Some, Emily Carter
-The Moon Pearl, Ruthanne Lum McCunn
-Kiss My Tiara, Susan Jane Gilman
-Motiba's Tattoos, Mira Kamdar

-First Person: By Any Other Name
-Columns: Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem
>>Theda Bara was one of the first femme fatales to grace the silver screen; she played a vampire in so many movies between 1914 and 1919 that she was subpoenaed to give expert testimony on vampire psychology at a Los Angeles murder trial.
>>Since 1927, just two women have been nominated for the Oscar for best director. Neither won. No woman of color has ever been nominated.
>>Frances Marion was Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter, male or female, from 1916 through the mid-1930s.
>>Lois Weber's weekly $5,000 paycheck made her a top-salaried director in 1916. She used her silent films to examine issues like drug addiction, capital punishment, and birth control.
>>Bond girl Pussy Galore was a lesbian in the novel Goldfinger. This would have explained her initial immunity to Bond's charm (and her name). But her preference for women never made it to the screen.
>>At the height of her fame in the 1940s, pinup star Betty Grable was not only the highest paid actor in Hollywood, but also the highest paid woman in the U.S.
>>Dizzy homemaker on camera, savvy negotiator off camera, Lucille Ball bought Desi Arnaz's share of Desilu Productions after they divorced, becoming the first woman to own and run a major Hollywood production company.
>>A study of the 1999-2000 prime-time television season found that viewers were more likely to see a female extraterrestrial or angel than they were a female Hispanic, Asian, or Native American character.
Compiled by Irin Carmon
Major Sources: Motion Picture Association of America;; Vamps: An Illustrated History of the Femme Fatale (Cleis Press); Women in Film