We send Ms. to 5,418 women in federal, state and county prisons through the Ms. magazine Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program—funded by charitable contributions earmarked for this purpose, as well as Ms. community members who buy an extra membership and subscription for a friend they don’t know. Over the 18 years since this program’s birth, we’ve discovered that even this small gesture of recognition, support and information means a lot.
Out of sight should not mean out of mind and heart. But the tragedy for women in prison is that it often does. This invisibility keeps many from realizing how much women in prison may resemble them.
That’s why we started the Ms. magazine Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program. For a tax-deductible donation of $25, you can send Ms. to a woman in prison or a domestic violence shelter for a year. And for just $10 more ($35 total), you can get a year’s worth of Ms. for yourself as well.
The Ms. Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program lets women on the inside know they are not alone. Every American should be ashamed that this country puts a greater proportion of its citizens in prison than any other nation on earth, because of racism, sexism and also because in many states, the Prison Industrial Complex allows corporations to build and run prisons for profit.
We at Ms. magazine want women in prison to know they are seen and valued. Because domestic violence shelters can be almost as isolating as prisons—and often lack libraries or any reading material, just as many prisons do—we decided to include women in those shelters, too. That’s why we started the Ms. Magazine Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program.
Out of sight may mean out of mind—and heart. For women in prison, this is the tragedy. For the rest of us, this invisibility keeps us from realizing how much women in prison may resemble and could be you and me.
We send Ms.to 4,853 federal, state and county prisoners and to hundreds of shelters. That’s a fraction of the total, but it’s a number we’re proud of and keep growing because of support from Ms. readers like you.
We started the Ms. Magazine Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program to let women in prison know they are seen and valued, and that feminists remember them and are fighting for them and alongside them.
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