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Women's words matter
Norma Smith Olson, left, and Kathy Magnuson

"Words are important because they are the opportunity to, in one's own lexicon, tell the story of your people, your tribe, your tradition."
- Tish Jones, to read her story click here

by Norma Smith Olson and Kathy Magnuson

Words matter now more than ever. Witness the power of single words such as "nasty" or "deplorable" to ignite people.

During these dark and uncertain times, independent feminist media is needed. We can reasonably anticipate that women's rights will be under attack in the near future, with our nation's new Administration. It is critical that we have a reliable, feminist magazine that is not owned by a giant national company but by women, right here in Minnesota.

One of the goals of the Women's Press is to bring you stories that you won't find elsewhere, from perspectives that would not otherwise be heard. We aren't writing about diet tips, recipes or how to get the man of your dreams. You can already find plenty of that in other magazines.

We know that your interests, dear readers, go deep, to claiming your core values and thoughts about how to shape the kind of world you'd like to have for your daughters and sons, and to celebrating women's accomplishments.

In this issue, we celebrate women's words, including the power in learning a new language, collecting stories about family histories across time and cultures, and introducing you to several women who own local bookstores. Readers share their personal experiences of life-changing books (i.e., words) by women. They write about receiving a reenergized definition of what it means to be a woman, and receiving hope and courage from women authors.

Sharing women's stories and words makes change, keeps us connected and makes us stronger together. As women, we have come too far and worked too hard to go back on gender equality, on our access to reproductive health care, on support for working families and so many other issues.

We hope you will add the Minnesota Women's Press to your list of feminist causes to support. We love to get your story ideas and commentary. You can support us with your words, and your pocketbook, too. We encourage you to do business with our advertisers, who are the reason we can provide this publication free to thousands of women every month. Tell them you saw their ad in the Women's Press. "I'm here because I saw your ad," or a simple "Thanks for advertising in the Women's Press" goes a long way.

This is not the time to sit on the sidelines. We cannot afford to ignore current events. Our challenge is not in facing the words of those who oppose women's rights - but the silence of those who do support those rights.

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Coming up:

theme is "Acting up" and we are asking How are you acting up for justice and equity?Tell us about it. Send up to 150 words to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: January 10, 2017
December Advertising Sections:
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• Women and Pets Guide
• Women Mean Business Guide
• GoSeeDo/Calendar Guide
Deadline: January 10, 2017

March is Women's History Month and we are asking " Given the chance, what woman from history would you interview and what would you ask? Tell us about it. Send up to 150 words to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: February 10, 2017
March Advertising Sections:
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• Elder Guide
• GoSeeDo/Calendar Guide
Deadline: Feb. 10, 2017

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