1996 Summer

Why Annie Got Her Gun

by Carolyn Gage ANNIE OAKLEY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR FEMINISTS. The world’s champion sharpshooter, she stalwartly refused to align herself with any of

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Claiming Sacred Ground

by Phyllis Chesler Women’s eight-year struggle to pray out loud at “the Wailing Wall” 1 Jewish women were first ordained as rabbis in 1972, by Reform

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Living Hell

by Eleanor J. Bader DEEP IN THE BELLY OF AMERICAN POVERTY lies the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, and although it is one

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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.