did you know…?

| Tags: , ,

This is Sheila Michaels—in 1961 & more recently.

A feminist & civil rights activist, Michaels is credited with “discovering” & popularizing the title of Ms.

As the story goes, Michaels saw the typo “Ms.” on a piece of her roommate’s mail & decided it was the perfect alternative to having to choose between “Miss” & “Mrs.,” giving women the right to not be defined by marriage.

Sadly, Ms. Michaels passed away on June 22nd, at the ages  of 78.


7 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Kathleen O says:

    I always wondered who started this trend… Thanks for sharing. :flower:

  2. Mary Kirkland says:

    Well that is interesting. I never would have known that.

  3. Minna says:

    Oh, so that’s who I can blame when I’m wondering how am I supposed to translate Ms. in Finnish, since we only have “Miss” & “Mrs.” . :argh:

    • Heidi says:

      LOL That’s fascinating; never thought about it for other languages. But I’m surprised they don’t have something in-between in Finnish. :dammit:

      • Minna says:

        I think it’s because in some ways English is more flexible than Finnish. For instance, in the case of “Miss” & “Mrs.” all you need to do is drop one letter and you get “Ms”, but we have “neiti” and “rouva”. Um, I don’t know, I certainly have no idea how to make a new word from those 2 words. So instead of any new politically correct words, you hardly ever see or hear words “neiti” and “rouva” these days. :flower:

Sign Up for Heidi's Newsletter

Join my mailing list for the latest book news, photos of hunky heroes, contests, and tons of fun features!