The Future is Feminist: Inside the Spring 2018 Issue of Ms.

Our Spring issue captures the growing power and momentum of the women’s movements—and lays out solutions for some of the most pressing issues of this moment.

Here at Ms., we couldn’t be more confident that the future is feminist. As the #MeToo movement continues to hold abusers accountable and record numbers of women candidates across the country knock on doors in advance of the next election, we feel hopeful that some feminist victories are on the horizon. But we also know that there is a lot of work left to do. In our Spring issue, we focus on different ways we can change the world—at the polls and in the media.

On the heels of Larry Nassar’s long-overdue trials, we report on the legislation authored by Dianne Feinstein that works to ensure no Olympic athlete will be silenced by abuse again. And in the wake of Parkland and countless other acts of senseless violence, we dig deep into the connections between domestic violence and gun violence—and the loopholes that allow abusers and stalkers to continue to terrorize public spaces as much as they’ve terrorized women in private ones. We also zero in on the next march—to the polls in November. We break down the massive gender gap and historic numbers of women candidates that have left researchers certain that women will be deciders of the 2018 midterm elections and profile one teenage woman whose campaign for city council inspired women across the country.

Along the way, we set our sights on a new documentary series placing women at the heart of stories of peace and war and report on India’s latest campaign for women’s empowerment, Congo’s women dandies claiming male fashion for their own, the Mexican women fighting to end femicide and the women-driven initiatives diversifying space. And just in time for women’s history month, we talk to black feminist activist, anthropologist, poet, leader, mentor and professor Irma McLaurin—who is also now committing to transforming herstory with the launch of the Black Feminist Archive.

As we face historic challenges in the U.S. and abroad, we believe the need for Ms. has only grown—and as we look ahead toward this year, we are determined to keep feminist informed, empowered and mobilized. Our readers keep us going—and to mark Women’s History Month, our first 100 new members will also get a FREE copy of In Praise of Difficult Women! 

With print or digital options available, we know there’s a subscription package that’s perfect for you. Become a Ms. member today to get our Spring issue and a FREE copy of In Praise of Difficult Women.



Katherine Spillar is the executive director of Feminist Majority Foundation and executive editor of Ms., where she oversees editorial content and the Ms. in the Classroom program.