San Francisco to Detroit - June 21-27, 1971: We squeezed six bodies into a VW van with seating for two and slept on open ground for four nights to get to a feminist conference in Detroit. Robin Morgan, a national leader, would be there. We thought we were trekking 2400 miles to learn, but it turned out we were bringing a gift.
Two women in our group had just launched a feminist newsletter, "Motherlode,” and they’d packed 100 copies. Thanks to them, Robin Morgan and everyone else at the conference got an issue. Their lead story was a new satirical essay, written by Judy Syfers, called “Why I Want A Wife.” Six months later, when Ms magazine published its premier issue, “Why I Want A Wife” was in it. Fifty years later, it’s one of the most remembered and beloved articles from that period.
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