Mary Thom, A Great Way To Go for a Feminist

A Great Way To Go for a Feminist


Mary Thom was a journalist.  She died at the age of 68 Friday.  But she was much more.

Ms. Thom was a feminist who helped begin “Ms. Magazine”.  She was an editor with the publication for 20 years.  She died when she crashed her motorcycle on a highway in Yonkers, New York.  She had just taken it out of winter storage.  Her 1996 Honda 750 veered into traffic and struck a vehicle, and she was struck by another.

She left “Ms.” In 1992 and went to work as editor in chief of the features section of the non-profit Women’s Media Center, which works to raise women’s visibility in the media.

“Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart,” said the center’s co-founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda in a statement.

“Wherever her friends and colleagues gather, we will always ask the guiding question: What would Mary do?”

In addition to “Ms.” And the Women’s Media Center, she donated much of her time to non-profit women’s organizations including the National Council for Research on Women.

She was the author of the book on the history of “Ms.”, and edited the history of Bella Abzug.

“In Mary Thom’s accidental death, Ms., the Women’s Media Center and U.S. journalism suffer a huge loss,” Morgan of the Women’s Media Center said in a statement. “And I grieve for a wry, ethical friend.”

When she wasn’t writing or editing, she had two passions. She was an avid fan of Jon Stewart and the Cleveland Indians.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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