National Organization For Women

MS Magazine Hits 40! The Great Impact Of The Feminist Movement

It is hard to believe that it has been 40 years, two generations, since MS Magazine was started by the founders of the National Organization For Women, Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan.

How much the role and life of women has changed in those 40 years!

Not only are a majority of college students now female, but also that is true in medical and law schools and other professions.

Women have come to be an important influence in Congress, in both the House of Representatives and US Senate, and we have had women running for Vice President and President, and ending up as top presidential advisers. Also, women have occupied the governorship of many states and been major factors in state legislatures.

Women have ended up on the Supreme Court and other federal and state courts, and they have reached the pinnacle of power in many corporations as Chief Executive Officer.

Women have become a great success story in so many other ways, and the treatment of women in social situations has also undergone dramatic change.

Women have definitely been “liberated” in ways no one could have believed forty years ago, and they have become a model of what should be happening in much of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, where there is still much oppression of women, in some cases shockingly so!

Marriage and personal relationships have been transformed, changing the family structure, and the differences between men and women relating to what they are capable of doing and being, has been narrowed to the point that they can be seen as equally capable of just about anything except child bearing.

Not everyone likes what feminism has done, but it has, overall, improved America for the better!