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Suzanne Braun Levine

Author & First Editor, Ms. Magazine

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Suzanne Braun Levine was the first editor of the iconic and groundbreaking feminist magazine, "Ms." For 17 years Suzanne helped break the silence on many wide-ranging topics never discussed so publicly before - abuse, sexual harassment, body image, etc.
Suzanne Braun Levine was the first editor of "Ms." magazine (1972-1988), and the first woman editor of the prestigious "Columbia Journalism Review".   Suzanne is the author of six books including "Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way," with Mary Thom; "Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood"; and "You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-Fifty Posse Is Good for Your Health."   During her time at "Ms.", Suzanne developed and produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO Special "She's Nobody's Baby: American Women in the 20th Century." She also conceived and co-edited "A Decade of Women: A Ms. History of the Seventies in Words and Pictures."   For the 30th Anniversary issue of "Ms." magazine in 2002, Suzanne was the guest Editor-in-Chief of and was honored as a "Ms. Woman of the Year" in 2004.

More From Suzanne Braun

Mom's Secret Message
Author Suzanne Braun Levine talks about how her mother sent her a copy of the "Feminine Mystique," and how she regrets asking her mom what the book meant to her. 

The Battle of the Sexes at Bella Abzug's Apartment
First editor of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine recalls how exciting the Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs Battle of the Sexes game was and how the Ms. staff watched the game at Bella Abzug's apartment.

Title IX Changed the World
First editor of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine talks about how Title IX has been one of the impactful pieces of legislation for the women's movement, even though we may take it for granted today.

The Roe v. Wade Liberation
Author Suzanne Braun Levine talks about what it meant to the women's movement when the Supreme Court made the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, but how astonished she remains that the opposition has yet to give up. 

Women at Work vs. Women at Home
First editor of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine reflects on how women who worked outside the home and women who worked inside the home were at odds with each other during the women's movement.

The Feminist Quandary
First editor of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine questions whether it's better for young women to assume they are equals or to learn about the history of how things used to be.

Lying About Your Age
Author Suzanne Braun Levine explains how ageism is an extension of sexism, like how women commonly lie about their age.

From Ms. to Columbia
First editor of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine talks about how she was able to transition from advocacy journalism to critical journalism after Ms. magazine was sold. 

The 'Baiting' Game
First editor of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine talks about what it was like dealing with men and women who weren't quite ready for women's equality. 

Men Who Get It
In this MAKERS interview, author Suzanne Braun Levine talks about the positive change in men over the years - especially fathers.

My Books
In this MAKERS interview, Suzanne Braun Levine discusses the inspiration for her first two books.