FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 15, 2017
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ON THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS PUBLICATION, THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 32ND STREET & 3RD AVENUE IS CO-NAMED MS. MAGAZINE WAY
On the 45th Anniversary of Ms., hundreds gather to celebrate the ground breaking magazine by co-naming East 32nd Street and 3rd Avenue to “Ms. Magazine Way”
New York – Today, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez joined Ms. Co-Founder Gloria Steinem, Ms. Executive Editor Kathy Spillar, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblywomen Deborah Glick, Jo Anne Simon, and Rebecca Seawright; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, representatives from the offices of Congresswomen Nydia M. Velázquez and Carolyn Maloney; Lower East Side Girls Club member Aicha Cherif, President of NOW NYC & NOW NYS Sonia Osorio, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater NY Meredith Maskara, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s City Club of New York Carole J. Wacey, and Former President of NOW NYS Zenaida Mendez and celebrated the unveiling of the Ms. Magazine Way street sign that co-named the southeast corner of East 32nd Street and 3rd Avenue after the ground breaking magazine.
Ms. was launched in 1971 as a sample insert in New York magazine and that was then located at 207 East 32nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. During the 1970’s, mainstream media focused on marriage, motherhood, and the use of cosmetics as women’s issues. To the contrary Ms. focused on topics not covered by the mainstream media such as sexual harassment, abortion, domestic violence, LGBTQ rights, and political careers to name a few of the pressing issues for women nationwide. Moreover, Ms. was written by women and for women. After its’ successful launch in 1971, the magazine was printed as a stand-alone publication in July 1972.
Today, the Ms. headquarters are located in the offices of the Feminist Majority Foundation located in Los Angeles, California and Arlington, Virginia. The Feminist Majority Foundation and its President Eleanor Smeal now own Ms. through Liberty Media for Women, LLC.
In December 2016, the New York City Council’s Women’s Caucus, a 14-member body, announced a legislative package during an Equality Rally that advanced issues with a focus on women. The goal of the legislative package was to provide greater transparency of City programs, mandate annual reports, as well as the creation of new services and resources; recognize the contributions of women; increase opportunities to higher education and access to feminine hygiene products; protect survivors of domestic violence; curb sexual violence against all; and end gender-based pay discrimination. As part of the package, Councilwoman Mendez introduced a street co-naming bill to honor Ms. magazine.
“I am so proud to have introduced and passed legislation that allows us today to unveil the Ms. Magazine Way street sign at the southeast corner of East 32nd Street and 3rd Avenue in my district where the publication was first produced,” said Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. “The street co-naming of Ms. Magazine Way would memorialize and pay tribute to the first magazine written by and for women. Ms. as a feminist periodical took unprecedented stands on issues like abortion and domestic violence reporting from the view of the health consumer and/or DV victim. It clearly is: “More than a Magazine, it’s a Movement.”
“More than four decades ago, when we were searching for a birthplace for Ms. Magazine, we could never have imagined that one day, those words would be on a street sign near our first small offices. I thank all the women who have created and supported Ms. Magazine over the years, I thank Rosie Mendez and all the Council members for this honor, and I thank the great City of New York for being a magnet and safe place for diverse dreams and dreamers,” said Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder, Ms.
“We are honored and thrilled that Ms. magazine now has a permanent place in New York history,” said Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor, Ms. and Executive Director at Feminist Majority Foundation. “In these challenging times, Ms. is needed more than ever to keep spreading feminist ideas and activism.”
“As the lead sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment since 1997, I appreciate the existence of a magazine with a consistent voice that supports women’s rights,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12). “For forty-five years, Ms. Magazine has brought women’s issues to the forefront of public discourse and has helped change attitudes, opinions, and policies. Thank you to Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and the New York City Council Women’s Caucus for their leadership in recognizing the importance of Ms. Magazine to our great city. I am proud to have ‘Ms. Magazine Way’ in my district.”
“Ms. Magazine broke new ground and opened new possibilities for women in a range of fields,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “Honoring this institution in our community is an important step for our community, for women in our city and around the world and for all those committed to justice. I’m excited to see us achieve this landmark.”
“Ms. Magazine was a pioneer when pioneers were needed,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Gloria, Letty Pogrebin, Pat Carbine and the rest of their extraordinary team created—and owned—a nationwide platform that explained and defended second-wave feminism and helped make real progress for women here and across the globe. As a media capital, it’s only fitting that New York City recognize their headquarters and their significance.”
“When modern women were reaching a turning point in societal recognition, Ms. was there to inspire their independence and encourage their limitless potential,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “45 years later, that legacy has been cemented by the scores of readers who have gone on to lead and innovate in industries across the world. With the co-naming of East 32nd Street and Third Avenue to Ms. Magazine Way, another generation of feminist New Yorkers will forge their paths under the solid proof that chance can make change. My thanks go to Council Member Rosie Mendez for her work on achieving this designation, and to the decades of Ms. writers whose advocacy challenged the status quo and won.”
“Even though we are well into the 21st century, women’s voices are still too often marginalized in the halls of power,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “That’s why it is so important that we have bold platforms to bring women front and center in our national conversations. Ms. Magazine was and still is a pioneer in this work – run by women, for women. It is fitting that we recognize and honor Ms. on its 45th Anniversary.”
“For 45 years, Ms. Magazine has been at the forefront of the women’s rights movement. At times, it has been the only publication which represented a diverse range of political and socio-economic concerns of women,” said Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick. “The co-founder, Gloria Steinem, continues to work tirelessly to guarantee that women’s rights and LGBT issues have stayed in the media spotlight in order to ensure that equal representation is available to all. I thank Councilmember Rosie Mendez for spearheading this initiative, and am delighted to join in this unveiling to rename East 32nd Street and Third Avenue to Ms. Magazine Way.”
“Ms. magazine’s role as a ground-breaking feminist publication has been invaluable in propelling women’s rights forward. A visionary group of women, led by Gloria Steinem, created the first periodical owned and run by women examining critical issues from reproductive and LGBTQ rights to equal pay. Co-naming a street after this trailblazing magazine is a great way to celebrate its 45th anniversary and to inspire the next generation of activists as we continue to work for full equality. Thank you to Council Member Mendez, the NYC Council Women’s Caucus, and to Ms. magazine for providing women with news particular to their experiences,” said Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon.
“In honor of Gloria Steinem and her founding of Ms. Magazine in 1972 and on the occasion of this year marking the 45th anniversary of a publication by women for women, I join my colleagues and advocates in co-naming the corner of East 32nd Street and Third Avenue after this revolutionary publication. As Chair of the Feminist Press, I understand the importance of promoting women in literature to ensure that our narratives on critical social issues such as abortion, sexuality and sexual harassment are heard. I look forward to reading Ms. Magazine as we embark on a new fight to ensure that the works of women, especially in media, are equally represented,” said Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright.
“Created and led by women, Ms. Magazine has played a crucial role in women’s advocacy for decades, providing a groundbreaking platform for women’s voices. As Co-Chair of the City Council Women’s Caucus, I’m thrilled that we’re honoring Ms. Magazine and Gloria Steinem’s many contributions to the national discourse on women’s issues. The co-naming of East 32nd and 3rd Avenue will be a tangible reminder of the role that Ms. Magazine has played in bringing women’s voices and concerns to the forefront,” said Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal.
“Forty-five years ago, Ms. Magazine was launched as a new, and leading, voice for feminism and equality. Today, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, whose own mission is to support and empower girls, is proud to celebrate as New York City co-names East 32nd Street and Third Avenue ‘Ms. Magazine Way.’ Yet even as we celebrate, we are reminded every day that gender and racial inequality remains a challenge in our city and around the country. Let this marker therefore be both a sign of our shared progress and an acknowledgement of the work that still remains to be done,” said Dr. Lyn Pentecost, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Girls Club.
“For 45 years, Ms. Magazine has been an essential resource for women in this country, and I am excited to see it getting this well-deserved recognition,” said CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York Meridith Maskara. “From street names to statues, we will continue to fight to raise the visibility of women’s contributions in the city, so that girls have examples of leadership to inspire them. We thank Councilwoman Mendez for her important work on this issue.”