Ms. Magazine

spring 2003
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Features
The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

News
Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

Departments
Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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The Feminist To-Do List
by Gloria Steinem


Gloria Steinem
Photo by Jenny Warburg.

Remember your power! How does unjust power keep going? Mostly, by persuading the majority to give up ours. The most common way that an external authority perpetuates itself is by persuading the rest of us to abandon our internal authority.

Consider the changes made by women's movements here and around the world in just a few decades. Historians say they are wider and and deeper than the Industrial Revolution. Now project that same degree of transformation into the future. Imagining change is the first step toward creating it.

If we sometimes fail, it's still true that, no matter how difficult, trying to do something is easier than not trying to do it-- and then being left to wonder, "What if?" When we succeed, we've multiplied our strength for the next time.

Remember. The art of behaving effectively is behaving as if everything we do matters. Because it does.


Things to Do

* Task 1: Demand hydrogen
Oil addiction pollutes our air and our foreign policy. Curb the fossil fuel dependency and learn more about this energy alternative. Visit Hydrogen Now!

* Task 2: Make this a real democracy
Less than four out of ten eligible voters in the US participate in midterm elections. Download the Mail Voter Registration Form and get out the vote in your community.

* Task 3: Stop the spread of AIDS, Spread Condoms
An estimated 42 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS. Women comprise nearly half of all infected adults. While condoms are a key component of AIDS prevention, the Bush administration last year cut $34 million in funding appropriated for the UNFPA, one of the largest sources of condoms for the developing world. Right Bush's Wrong: Join the 34 Million Friends Campaign.

* Task 4: Fix health care. Give Medicare to everyone
Forty-two million people in the US are uninsured. The National Health Insurance Act (HR 676) sets to insure every US resident and cover medications, provide parity for mental health care, and eliminate all deductibles and co-pays. Contact your Congressperson and urge support for "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All."

* Task 5: End smoking
According to the US Surgeon General's Women and Smoking report (2001), lung cancer kills nearly 68,000 US women. That’s one in every four cancer deaths among women, and about 27,000 more deaths than from breast cancer (41,000). In 1999, approximately 165,000 women died prematurely from smoking-related diseases, like cancer and heart disease. Quit now and support legislation to create more smoke-free environments.

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