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50 Years of Ms.

50 Years of Ms.


Foreword by Gloria Steinem
Introduction by Katherine Spillar and Eleanor Smeal
Edited and with commentary by Katherine Spillar and the editors of Ms.

"50 YEARS OF Ms. couldn’t come at a more crucial moment. It’s the feminist fuel we all need." —Dolores Huerta




Sep 19, 2023ISBN9780593321577

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Since its earliest days, Ms. was a brazen act of independence, demonstrating the untapped potential for journalism that centered news and analysis on women and their lives and made a feminist worldview more accessible to the public. Next up is an extraordinary book, 50 YEARS OF Ms.: THE BEST OF THE PATHFINDING MAGAZINE THAT IGNITED A REVOLUTION (Alfred A. Knopf), to be released on Sept. 19.

For five decades, Ms. has been a bold, powerful, indomitable force in the fight for gender justice and equality. When the first issue hit newsstands in 1972, the magazine introduced our nation for the very first time to an unapologetic voice from the ‘feminist frontlines:’ shining a bright light on urgent issues that had long been underreported. Ms. has fearlessly covered the issues that touch the lives of women, from domestic abuse and sexual harassment to workplace discrimination and reproductive care. Full of practical guidance and thoughtful insight, today Ms. remains an indispensable resource for navigating the challenges of the 21st century—because, as I always say, when women succeed, America succeeds!

Nancy Pelosi

The book is a celebration of Ms.—the most startling, most audacious, most norm-breaking of the magazine’s coverage of women, men, politics (sexual and otherwise), marriage, family, education, work, motherhood, reproductive rights, as well as the best of its featured fiction, poetry and letters.

Ms. magazine has been the inspiration and pivotal force for the women’s movement in the United States and the world, inspiring millions to achieve their full potential. 50 YEARS OF Ms. couldn’t come at a more crucial moment. To achieve a feminist majority in governance, it’s the feminist fuel we all need—for us who’ve been on the frontlines for generations, and young leaders of today and tomorrow. Sí se puede!

Dolores Huerta, co-founder, United Farm Workers, and president, Dolores Huerta Foundation 

50 YEARS OF Ms. showcases it all, decade by decade, as well as behind-the-scenes photographs that reveal and reflect the changes set in motion by Ms.—and, of course, the iconic covers that galvanized readers. Here are essays, profiles, conversations with and features by: Alice Walker, Cynthia Enloe, Pauli Murray, Nancy Pelosi, bell hooks, Billie Jean King, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Allison Bechdel, Brittney Cooper and Joy Harjo, as well as fiction and poetry by Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrienne Rich, Rita Dove and Sharon Olds, among many others.

In this day of information overload, Ms. magazine aggregates all the news feminists need to navigate and improve the world for women. It keeps us informed of important events we need to understand and act on to end discrimination against women. 50 YEARS OF Ms. is a must-read for all feminists.

Loretta Ross, activist, professor, public intellectual and MacArthur “Genius Grant” award recipient

For the past five decades, Ms. has been the nation’s most influential source of feminist ideas. And it remains at the forefront today. Preorder your copy of 50 YEARS OF Ms. and join us in commemorating this milestone!

The most important fights of my lifetime—to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and to uplift the voices of the #MeToo movement—have been covered relentlessly over the years by Ms. magazine. I’ve been a reader of Ms. for many years and am forever grateful for the ways it shaped my activism. 50 YEARS OF Ms. is truly a national treasure.

Alyssa Milano


  • Hardcover $50.00 Published by Knopf Sep 19, 2023 576 pages 7-1/4 x 10" ISBN 9780593321560
  • Ebook $14.99 Published by Knopf Sep 19, 2023 574 pages ISBN 9780593321577