For Immediate Release
Latest issue of Ms. magazine hits newsstands
Washington, DC – “Sex, Greed & Forced Abortions in ‘Paradise’”: Ms. sent an investigative team to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands to put a human face—a woman’s face—on one of Jack Abramoff’s most scandalous lobbying efforts. Abramoff and his colleagues, fueled by millions of dollars in fees, helped to successfully block U.S legislation that would have increased sub-minimum wages and given other protections to the islands’ 30,000 garment-industry guestworkers—most of whom are women from China, the Phillipines, Bangladesh and Thailand. Our team documented what amounts to indentured servitude: substandard living and abusive working conditions, forced abortions and sex trafficking. Further, the Ms. investigation points out the hypocrisy of religious-based moralists such as Abramoff and his chief Congressional ally, Tom DeLay, who supported the Marianas’ guestworker program despite its obvious human exploitation, with DeLay going so far as to call it “a perfect Petri dish of capitalism.”
Ms. executive editor Katherine Spillar and writer Rebecca Clarren available for interviews.
Other featured articles:
--Deborah Tannen on Mothers and Daughters. The bestselling linguist illuminates the feminism that underlies her study of communication patterns. Plus, 3 famous feminist moms—columnist Ellen Goodman, former Planned Parenthood president Faye Wattleton and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta—chat with their daughters.
Deborah Tannen available for interviews.
--Did The Da Vinci Code get it right? Two leading feminist religious scholars insist that Mary Magdalene—the Biblical woman who is treated as “Mrs. Jesus” in the soon-to-be-a-movie book—was neither wife nor whore, but something far more powerful.
Jane Schaberg and Melanie Johnson-Debauffre available for interviews.
--Coretta Scott King: A Revolutionary Woman: Noted African-American women’s studies scholar at Spelman College Beverly Guy-Sheftall reveals how the late civil rights leader was also a passionate champion of women’s rights, lesbian and gay rights, and peace.
Beverly Guy-Sheftall available for interviews.
--Martha Burk exposes the connection between U.S. corporations and the murders of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico.
Martha Burk available for interviews.
-- Folk-rock hero Ani DiFranco has revitalized her hometown of Buffalo, New York, by creating a new concert hall from an historic church.
--Geena Davis advocates for girls to be given more of the lead roles in G-rated films.
--Dr. Susan Love analyzes natural “bio-identical” hormones for menopause. Do they work any better, and are they safer than synthetics?
--As Iraq teeters on the brink of civil war, Ms. looks at how Uganda’s civil war has torn women and girls from their families.
Editors’ Note: For interviews or copies of the magazine, contact Erin Carmany in Washington DC at 703.522.4201 or duVergne Gaines in Los Angeles at 310.556.2515.