Men’s Cycles—They Have Them Too, You Know (1972)

In 1970, Dr. Edgar Berman dismissed the assertion that a woman could be president, by referencing women’s “raging storms of monthly hormonal imbalances.” The woman who subsequently held him to account was Dr. Estelle Ramey—my grandmother.

“Women’s chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy,” Ramey wrote in the first issue of Ms. in 1972.