Opinion | Gloria Steinem on 50 years of Ms. magazine and the feminist movement

Cottin Pogrebin: I am sometimes asked, as someone who had a family while in the movement, “How do you balance it?” And one thing I say is simply: “Don’t expect too much of yourself. Don’t get on the ground. Or get together with five other women and make sure you cover up if you’re doing freelance work and need time off.”

Steinem: The company, right?

Cottin Pogrebin: The company in your fight. It doesn’t occur to them somehow. Or the way it occurred to us that solidarity generates change. You know?

Dewart Bell: We really have to be very aware that there are people who are hungry for information, even if they are sometimes tired. But we have to say it in a way, simplify it in a way that doesn’t simplify but makes it accessible to people. People who don’t understand their history don’t understand that they have a future.

Cathie Black, former president of Hearst Magazines and editor of USA Today, began her career in advertising at Ms.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms., is a writer, speaker, and activist.

Janet Dewart Bell, one of Ms.’s earliest contributors, is the author of “Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.”

Jane O’Reilly wrote the first cover story for the Mrs., “Click! The housewife’s moment of truth.

Gloria Steinem is an author and political activist, co-founder of Ms.

Alice Walker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, was an early editor and contributor to Ms.

Cover images courtesy of Gloria Steinem.

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