In-Person: 50 YEARS OF MS.

Please join us for an in-person event to celebrate the extraordinary new anthology 50 YEARS OF Ms.: THE BEST OF THE PATHFINDING MAGAZINE THAT IGNITED A REVOLUTION and engage in critical conversation with Ms. executive editor Katherine Spillar, feminist advocate Tina Tchen and the Honorable Carol Moseley Braun about what the future of feminism and movement journalism demands: vision that is bold, imaginative and collaborative.

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50 YEARS OF Ms. is a remarkable collection – five decades of the magazine’s most startling, audacious, and norm-breaking pieces. Filled with iconic covers, photos, and letters to Ms., it features a foreword from Gloria Steinem and contributions by bell hooks, Alice Walker, Pauli Murray, Eleanor Smeal, Billie Jean King, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Allison Bechdel, Brittney Cooper, Joy Harjo, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Rita Dove and many more. 

Ms. remains a trusted feminist source for news, analysis and commentary, and is more critical than ever as the fights for women’s rights and for democracy face new challenges. The book is as much a reflection of the past 50 years as it is a roadmap for the path forward. 

Katherine (Kathy) Spillar is the Executive Editor of Ms. and editor of and contributor to 50 Years of Ms: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine that Ignited a Revolution. Under her oversight, Ms. has increased its investigative reporting and in-depth analysis and today is the largest print and online feminist platform—reaching millions from across the globe via the quarterly print magazine, a vibrant and popular website, a robust daily and weekly e-newsletter mailing list, social media, the innovative digital textbook resource Ms. Classroom and audio and video programming from Ms. Studios. Kathy is also the Executive Director of Feminist Majority Foundation and Feminist Majority, national organizations working for women’s equality, empowerment and non-violence; one of the founders, she has been a driving force in executing the organizations’ diverse programs securing women’s rights both domestically and globally since its inception in 1987.

Tina Tchen is an attorney, activist and lifelong advocate for women and girls. Currently an Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Impact Officer for the Obama Foundation, she served in the Obama White House through both terms as Assistant to President Barack Obama, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women Girls. Previously, she practiced law for 23 years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and chaired the firm’s pro bono committee; after the White House, she returned to a corporate law practice, advising companies on gender equity, sexual harassment and diversity and inclusion, and helped design and launch the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, served as President and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation and launched the TIME’S UP Care Economy Business Council. She has she served on numerous boards, including for the Chicago Foundation for Women and Personal PAC.

Carol Moseley Braun is the embodiment of the American success story. She sought out a career of civic duty and public service where she could do the most good—as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Assistant Minority Leader or the Illinois General Assembly, Recorder of Deeds for Cook County, the first woman and the first black Democrat ever elected to the United States Senate to represent Illinois—and the only African-American person in the body at the time—and the United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Ambassador Braun is now a practicing attorney, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University’s Weinberg School, and the Advisory Chairwoman of Our American Voice, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing civics education to the next generation of students throughout Illinois.

Accessibility: This event is hosted at the bookstore, which is a wheelchair accessible space. Masks are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request ASL interpretation for this event, please email no later than fourteen days before the event. For other questions or access needs, please email

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N Clark St
50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution By Katherine Spillar (Editor), Eleanor Smeal (Introduction by), Gloria Steinem (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Katherine Spillar (Editor), Eleanor Smeal (Introduction by), Gloria Steinem (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593321560
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Knopf - September 19th, 2023