Kudos & Awards – Inside Media

Kudos & Awards – Inside Media

ON THE ISSUES is a magazine for “readers who prefer to be known as women.” . . . ON THE ISSUES started as a newsletter back in 1983 and is still supported by Choices Women’s Medical Center. Founder, editor-in-chief and publisher Merle Hoffman says that her original goal was to communicate with activists and feminists. Today, with 20,000 readers, Hoffman strives to increase the influence and visibility of ON THE ISSUES. The quarterly…is not affiliated with any political party. Recent issues have included pieces by Shere Hite and Andrea Dworkin. Hoffman hopes to increase advertiser support for the title.

“We are seeking like-minded advertisers,” she explains. “I believe it is possible to combine capitalism and entrepreneurial spirit with activism.” Hoffman says that she has been approaching book publishers, manufacturers of natural health foods, non-animal tested products and companies like Working Assets, a telecommunications company that donates a percentage of profits to charitable causes. “Advertising affects other women’s magazines quite dramatically,” posits Hoffman. She thinks that the editorial supports the cosmetics advertising by reinforcing society’s pressure to be beautiful. . . . They are selling what can become if you read the magazine. Cosmo is selling better orgasms and I’m selling social consciousness; that’s a tough sell. But obviously, our readers are consumers too.


Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.