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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

<1: Retirement Mistakes Women Can't Afford To Make
2: Getting the Info You Need

The Social Security Administration
You can read about the programs available and order a statement of your estimated future benefits if you haven't received one. Call (800) 772-1213 or go online at to get a benefits statement.

Commercial Web Sites
In the past year, dozens of commercial Web sites have sprung up offering financial information for women. Many are purely educational and free. Among them are the Women's Financial Network( and (not part of Ms. magazine). Financial Finesse ( provides different pathways based on your level of financial expertise (it also donates a portion of profits to women's charities, which are listed on the site).


Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement
The mission of this Washington, D.C. nonprofit is to educate both women and policy-makers on women's retirement needs. Annual membership, which includes a newsletter, is just $12. Contact WISER at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 619 / Washington, D.C. 20004 /

The Older Women's League(OWL)
The motto of this grassroots group is Don't agonize--organize! It has 73 local chapters around the U.S. OWL's mission includes research, education, and advocacy. Annual membership, including various reports and a quarterly newsletter is $25.
Contact OWL at 666 11th Street NW, Suite 700 /Washington, D.C. 20001
(800) 825-3695 /

The National Council of Women's Organizations
This is a network of more than 100 women's groups, whose Web site issues bulletins on the Social Security debate. For example, they send out e-mail notices of call-in radio shows that are planning to discuss Social Security, providing phone numbers for the shows and a list of "talking points" to make on air. Go to


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