Inside the Spring 2020 Issue

We were at work on our latest issue of Ms. magazine when the world changed suddenly. As we go to print, we’re still reeling from the tragedy—the increasing numbers of people sickened by the disease, the increasing numbers of deaths, the increasing anxiety and feelings of helplessness.

These are difficult times for all of us. And yet, we continue. 

Here’s a glimpse inside the upcoming Spring issue:

  • A Special Report for Ms. readers on the fight to enshrine the Equal Rights Amendment into the Constitution, and in particular, we explain why the upcoming elections will impact the fight for women’s constitutional equality. As our reporter writes, “We are in the final homestretch of the long-fought battle for the ERA—but the fate of the amendment rides on the fall elections.”  
  • We analyze the pending Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Russo—in which the Court is once again reviewing an unnecessary state law that requires doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges near their clinic. We focus on how anti-abortion violence and threats of violence limits the ability of doctors to secure admitting privileges, and on the consequences for women in Louisiana and nationwide should the Court allow the law to stand. 
  • Our lead National News article explores the impact that newly elected women in state legislatures are having; from repealing restrictive abortion laws to enacting bills on child care, paid sick leave, sexual harassment and the minimum wage. 

The fast-moving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its particular impact on women, makes clear the importance of Ms. in keeping you informed. Here at Ms., we’re providing up-to-the minute reporting on the COVID-19 crisis—both in the magazine and online at MsMagazine.com.

Our team is focused on aspects of the crisis not often reported by mainstream media: mainly, how this virus disproportionately impacts women, many of whom are on the front lines of this public health crisis. The vast majority of nurses, home health care workers and those who look after the elderly in nursing homes are women. So are the overwhelming majority of teachers, school counselors and school cafeteria workers, domestic workers and childcare providers. 

When we shelter in place, what happens to women experiencing domestic violence, homelessness and hunger?

And what happens to women who can’t afford not to work, when family members become ill or children’s schools close? 

When you become a member of Ms., you get the magazine in print or on our app, or both—and you’re the first to get information alerts and event invitations from our teamWhen you become a member, you’re supporting independent, feminist media—and becoming part of a global community of feminists who care about the issues that matter to you.

Ms. will not be on newsstands this spring, due to COVID-19. 

So if you don’t want to miss out on a single issue of our reporting and truth-telling in these unprecedented times, please consider becoming a Ms. Member today and get our Spring issue delivered straight to your mailbox.

We are in this together. We’ll keep you and your loved ones in our thoughts; please keep us in yours. 

About

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