I just received my first issue of More and started leafing thru it when I came across this statistic that is bantered around so much it always makes me ask another question. The statistic is that women in Arizona make 89% of what a man makes. (page 21) The question I have is whether anyone really thinks that if companies could get exactly the same work done for 11% less money that they wouldn't let go all of their male employees and only hire women???? I'm sure as a manager and responsible for a budget that if these statistics were actually true, you would not have one man on your payroll... Is it true??? By gosh I see it almost is... you just need to get rid of Mark and Paul and it will be an all girl magazine... of course that would leave you quite open to a discrimination lawsuit so maybe you'd better keep a token 2 men on the staff. (By the way, do the women on your staff get paid exactly the same as men at other magazines?) Statistics are so easily manipulated they really should be ignored by anyone other than an actual statistician.
I'm sure this won't make it into print, but I am so glad I got it off my chest.
I just finished reading the May issue of MORE magazine and must let you know when my subscription needs renewal I won't be continuing it. I have been a subscriber for many years, in fact accidentally buying the first issue off the stand, not realizing it was was designed for women my age. Since then I have looked forward to each article with anticipation. The day it came In the mail you often found me slipping home from work early to enjoy each page, advertisement and article.
What I have seen in the past year or so is a much different feel I get from reading the articles. You seem to include so many articles of women who mistrust, have chips on their shoulders and are just plain angry. This month is no exception. Why feature women in the "Fearce List" as those that stood up against men or the establishment. I truly believe these women did the things they chose to do because they believed in their hearts that was the right thing to do, not because they needed to pave a path guarded by others in their way.
Give us a break and quit making women appear weak!
In fact, I originally subscribed to your magazine for the articles about fashion, beauty tips, etc. but for women like me. If you want me back and maybe others, please bring more of "take me away" articles and less of political, anti-others kind of articles.
I have often given your magazine as a gift but if you continue to try and prove women are angry and downtrodden, I won't be doing that either.
I have never written a letter like this so I hope you find this helpful and will rethink your path. Life has enough reasons to find turmoil and disgust, please leave it out of your periodical.