mother jones MOTHER JONES 15TH ANNIVERSARY

Peggy Orenstein
Art Director: Kerry Tremain

In February 1976, Mother Jones magazine hit the stands, combining crack investigative reporting with progressive politics. Back then, our offices were in a cramped hovel above a McDonald's, but we eventually moved up ‑to an earthquake‑cracked building under a freeway. There have been days when we knew Mother Jones would make it until 2091, and other times when we hoped the old girl would make it till next week. Somehow she keeps on fighting, and so do we. In our tenth‑anniversary issue, we patted ourselves on the back for our achievements and revealed our most embarrassing snafus. Herewith, a celebratory update.

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May 1989: We envision post‑Roe v. Wade America, predicting state‑by‑state battles for choice, incarceration of doctors, and the beginnings of an “underground railroad" for unwillingly pregnant women. In 1991, our worst-case scenarios are proving only too accurate.

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