From the Vault: “Dispatch from Beijing” (Jan/Feb 1996)

The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (September 4–15, 1995) was ground-breaking and revolutionary, forcing participants to realize that all issues are “women’s issues.” But attendees also had to suffer dirty, crowded conditions, disrespect and downright misogyny.

“Why did women endure such treatment? For each other’s sake. (This is how they get us.)”

From the Vault: “Click! The Housewife’s Moment of Truth” (Spring 1972)

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“The women looked at each other, and click! The shock of recognition… One little click turns on a thousand others. … In the end, we are all housewives, the natural people to turn to when there is something unpleasant, inconvenient or inconclusive to be done.”

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

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.