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Date: March-18-03
Contact: Emilie Karrick
Phone: (703) 522-2214

Women Demand Peace

Ms. Magazine Publishes Call for Peace Signed by Groups Representing Millions of Women

WASHINGTON, DC As war is imminent, women across the world and the United States continue to raise their voices in defense of peace. In its hot-off-the-presses Spring 2003 issue, Ms. magazine publishes a statement- signed by 170 womens organizations representing 7 million members- opposing any preemptive military action against Iraq and demanding that U.S. foreign policy be driven by human rights, justice and equality. The National Council of Womens Organizations Statement on War with Iraq has been signed by organizations representing women from all walks of life (see attached list).

The gender gap persists in recent polling on the war, said Eleanor Smeal, a noted political scientist and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the publisher of Ms. In a poll released March 14 by the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, women were far more likely than men to say that the U.S. should not act against Iraq without the support of the United Nations Security Council while 54 percent of women compared to 34 percent of men said that the U.N. inspectors should be given more time to work.

The spring issue of Ms. also includes an unprecedented rallying cry from feminist leaders Robin Morgan, Smeal and Gloria Steinem urging the women of the world not to give up in the fight for peace.

While armies are marching, so are ordinary people. In this country and across the world, there are the largest peace demonstrations in history. During the Vietnam War, it took years to build demonstrations of millions. In the U.S., most organizing was based on the draft. This time, it took only weeks - even without the draft, Morgan, Smeal and Steinem wrote. The difference? First, the power of Womens Movements across the globe strong, organized, networked women, going into action, leading; second, the radical tool that the Internet can be; and third the work weve all been doing for so long, which has changed consciousness.

Ms. magazine, through its Web site, will publish ongoing updates on womens involvement in peace events and the impact of the war on womens lives and issues. The Spring 2003 issue of Ms. provides information about peace activism and resources.

Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972, Ms. quickly became a national and international forum for new ideas and issues, investigative journalism, fiction, the arts, political coverage, humor, womens health, and international womens news. On December 31, 2001, Ms. joined forces with the Feminist Majority Foundation, which now wholly owns Liberty Media for Women, LLC, publisher of Ms. magazine. For more information, visit Ms. magazine online.