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spring 2003
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Features
The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

News
Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

Departments
Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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Gloria Feldt has been president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 1996. This article was adapted from Behind Every Choice is a Story. (c) 2002 Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Reprinted by permission.


The Making of a Political Activist
By Gloria Feldt


I have been living on my own
since I was seventeen. Without birth control I don't know what I would have done. I am one of the few girls I know who hasn't had an abortion. --Sara, age 19

At 32, I reached my midlife crisis. By this time I knew I could not stay in my marriage. It was a desperate feeling that the entire framework I had so carefully constructed to make myself the ideal wife of the 1950s and Supermom of the '60s had collapsed. We were both so young when we started out that we had grown into people who never would have married if we had met at this point. We divorced when our children were teenagers.
Since then I've been lucky enough to forge a new family with Alex, my life partner. We've had no children together but we have blended our two
families into a new mix enriched by each member and woven into a whole cloth of love.

One thing is clear: The ability to make choices has changed the landscape of family formation and the dynamics of sexual power in America. Now women, too, can enjoy their sexuality without fear of pregnancy. Similarly, women who cannot conceive are valued for themselves, not cast aside as they once would have been. When men nd women are equal partners in all life's endeavors, we are truly moving toward a world of responsible choices and planned, wanted children.

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Choice is under intense attack by the most dangerous and committed of foes. The New York Times has called it the War against Women. Stay current on actions to protect our reproductive rights.
*Join the March on Washington to Support Reproductive Rights.
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