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You told us
Kathy Magnuson and Norma Smith Olson

"MWP holds the intention of promoting possibilities in the readers lives by using personal stories."

"Love the spirit in which women's lives are reflected in detail and with honesty."

"Without making everything out to be all sunshine and happiness you show us stories about how life 'could' be."
-MWP survey responders

We asked for your opinions and feedback this summer and you didn't hold back.

You told us you are invested in your communities-and making them even better places. 96 percent of you vote, 95 percent write checks for causes you suport and 82 percent of you volunteer. You are curious, taking classes for personal and career development, fitness and arts. You lead busy lives with 31 percent being business owners, 61 percent using Facebook at least weekly, caring for kids and elders and making time to read the Minnesota Women's Press. You also know how to have fun-50 percent of you take a trip with girlfriends at least annually and you frequent concerts, museums and spiritual gatherings.

Some of you told us you appreciated the cover artist stories in the Women's Press and others found it too "artsy." You wish there were more employment ads (so do we!) and wanted the magazine overall to be bigger. You like the different stages of women's lives in our stories and the broad range of opinions. Some wished that we offered more useful actions to take while others commented on our focus on activism.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey. We appreciate your compliments and criticisms and will use them as we plan this year's stories and monthly themes.

We believe that every woman has a story. Many stories. And we aim to share stories that get women thinking. Maybe you've had an experience similar to a woman in our pages. You feel a connection. Or, maybe that story is completely out of your experience. You feel informed, opened to new possibilities, new ways of thinking. Maybe you feel inspired, encouraged on your path, affirmed, angered.

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"Comfort zone" is the theme this month with stories about race and white privilege, flying through the air as a ski jumper, becoming an escort at an abortion clinic, two sisters who have a business finding lice, a woman who travels alone and another who encourages conversations with others who hold different points of view.

As always on this page, we encourage readers to continue to send us their comments and essays. And you do! Thank you for joining with us in changing the universe through women's stories.

Coming Up:
November is all about showing up. When was a time that the way you showed up mattered?

Tell us about it.


Send a paragraph or two to editor@womenspress.com.

Deadline: October 10, 2011
November Advertising Guides:
• Education Guide

• Girlfriends' Guide to Giving Back
• Holiday Guide
Advertising deadline: October 10, 2011


December is our annual Changemakers issue. What would you like to see changed for women or girls?

Tell us about it.

Send a paragraph or two to editor@womenspress.com.
Deadline: November 10, 2011
November advertising guides:
• Holiday Guide

• Spirituality Guide
Advertising deadline: November 10, 2011

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