A View From the Road

Ms. Magazine Way


I was walking down 3rd Avenue, in New York City, in the rain, when I looked up and noticed Ms. Magazine Way. I did not take out my camera, but used my phone to snap this photograph, and truly wished I had someone there with me, to share the moment.

So much of what we once valued has become corrupted; displaying the American flag is no longer about being a proud, patriotic American, rather one is now accused of being a nationalist, bigot, who hates the rest of the world. Unfortunately, feminism, the belief that women and men should be treated equally, has also become redefined, on both sides of the spectrum, with truth falling by the wayside. Honestly, I do not want to hear your response to this post; this one is all about me, for me, and because I can.
I remember reading the text of the ERA, in the 70’s; when as a nation we failed to ratify the amendment, and wondering why we did not think women were as good as men? I am still waiting to have that question answered.

I was in high school the first time I read a copy of Ms. Magazine, and actually figured out a way to buy a subscription. That magazine symbolized a world of possibilities and hope, much like the Mary Tyler More Show, did for me and so many others. Women could help define their own lives. I remember, at that time, I was mortified I would end up as a pastor’s wife, just because I knew I did not want to be in the family business, ministry, yet even in high school, I knew I could cover the requirements of pastor’s wife – but I wanted more than what I had grown up with, I wanted different. Ms. Magazine helped tell me that different was possible.

This street was dedicated on November 15, 2017, on the 45th anniversary of Ms. Magazine.

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