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“Ms. helps us to be righteously angry (instead of depressed) about what’s going on in the world,
and encourages us to use that energy to move forward.”

- Beverly Guy-Sheftall, President, National Women’s Studies Association

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EDUCATOR RESOURCES

Ms. is a compelling resource for weekly classroom discussions and student presentations, research papers, journal assignments, quizzes and exams.

Guided by the Ms. Committee of Scholars, Ms. features the work of feminist scholars and writers, developing students' critical thinking skills and integrating feminist theory with policy, practice, and activism.

INSTRUCTORS' GUIDES

To make Ms. a quick and easy addition to your syllabus, Ms. has created Instructors’ Guides for each issue. They are available to you after you have registered for your FREE account. The Guides include:

1. Discussion Questions
2. Quizzes
3. Instructional research materials for key articles

Developed and reviewed by feminist scholars, these comprehensive course materials connect Ms. to key topics in women’s studies, sociology, political science, media, economics and business, arts, ethnic studies, law and public policy, and transnational studies.

HOW EDUCATORS ARE USING MS. IN THE CLASSROOM

10 Ways to Use Ms. in your Classroom:

  1. Classroom discussion analyzing Ms. as a vehicle for social change

  2. Writing assignment comparing images and content of the ads and the messages inherent in Ms. with other popular magazines like Vogue, Glamour, Time and Newsweek; analyze the images and messages in “No Comment” for sexism in commercial advertising

  3. Activism projects: students use Ms. to identify a current issue around which they create an activist project – for example, a speak out, poster awareness campaign, rally, sit-in.

  4. Students can compare issues and forms of activism to address discrimination in the U.S. and other countries.

  5. Using the Calendar, students identify and research organizations in the U.S. and globally working on feminist issues

  6. Use “Keeping Score,” students answer the question: is the feminist movement still needed?

  7. Advanced theory classes: analyze how a particular theory can be applied to contemporary events and issues … how theory can be put into practice.

  8. Analyze how race, class, gender and sexuality intersect in articles in Ms. magazine

  9. Writing assignment documenting whether and how more women in government positions makes a difference for women’s equality

  10. Analyze how laws and public policies contribute to and/or correct gender bias; using the Global News Section and feature articles to analyze how U.S. foreign policy impacts women’s lives and status in other countries

WHAT EACH ISSUE OF MS. INCLUDES

Table of Contents: Provides brief synopsis of featured articles

Letters: Commentary from our readers that critiques and applauds Ms.’ perspective, showing students there is always room for discussion.

Keeping Score: A quick look at milestones, setbacks and trends.

National Reports: Information and analysis of events, policy debates and grassroots organizing from around the U.S. – often, the news reported in Ms. is found nowhere else.

Ms. Calendar: A quick guide to key feminist events, including women’s studies and activist conferences and meetings.

Global Reports: Our unique coverage from around the world.

Features: Extensive coverage of events, issues, people and new ideas impacting women in the U.S. and globally – often under-reported in other media outlets. Ms. features in-depth investigative reports, women’s studies scholarship and feminist actions.

Departments: Experts on money, media, law, the environment, health and women’s studies.

Excerpts & Essays: Memoir, fiction and non-fiction offerings from leading writers and new voices.

Book & DVD Reviews: Reviews of scholarly and literary texts and films relating to women’s studies, feminism and culture.

Backtalk: Leading feminist voices – including Donna Brazile and Dolores Huerta – comment on current affairs.

No Comment: A Ms. institution, taking on offensive advertising, and what readers can do about it.

Special Reports: Ms. Guide to Women’s Studies. In collaboration with the National Women’s Studies Association, Ms. Spring 2009 includes a comprehensive guide to women’s studies.