Long time Ms. Magazine editor and editor in chief of The Women’s Media Center Mary Thom was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 26th. She was sixty-eight.Thom started Ms. during it’s early years, rising to Executive Editor in 1990. She joined the magazine in 1972, expressing a need for more scrutiny towards politicians and their views on women. She started rating them, which quickly became a popular feature in the influential feminist magazine.
Although she mostly worked behind the scenes, she was a zealous advocate for equal pay and helped spread the ideals of the women’s rights movement abroad. Thom also authored several books, including a history of Ms. and coedited an oral history of Bella Abzug titled “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.”
Thom has been described as “a lodestone for the women’s movement nationally, and a center of trust, common sense and creativity” by colleague Gloria Steinem. We completely agree. We will miss this fantastic woman, who is needed more than ever in light of today’s political climate towards women.