June 6, 1977
Newsweek’s first cover on gay rights, featuring a fiery Anita Bryant, documented how the Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman (and former Miss Oklahoma) was mobilizing what was described as a “somewhat bizarre but deadly serious battle over gay rights.”
Bryant, of course, would later take a banana cream pie in the face. (“Well at least it’s a fruit pie,” she exclaimed.)
And thirty-four years to the month later, New York would become the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage.
March 29, 1993
I’m not sure why I’m so fascinated by this cover from mid-sixties Newsweek about teenagers, but I am.
OMG: The Teens! This has apparently been sitting in our drafts for about 8 months now. Hot.
Honestly, I think Newsweek should skip the new stuff and just start republishing old covers every week.
Let’s get this thing started off right. LESBIANS! 1993.
I mean, let’s just appreciate this for a moment.
On International Women’s Day, a quick look at Newsweek of past—back when the concept of “Young Wives With Brains” warranted a cover story. Fifty years later, We tracked down one of the women featured in that original piece.
On suburban housewivery. “Being a mother and a housewife was an enormously challenging job, but it could be quite lonesome. Sure, we ran big houses, big budgets, active lives, but it wasn’t intellectually as challenging.”
On education. “After college, I applied to Columbia Law School, and was planning to go. But when I met with the dean and told him I wanted to work with affordable housing, he said, ‘You don’t need a law degree for that.’ I think the feeling was, ‘Why take up a man’s spot?’”
Also: see our gallery of Women’s History on Newsweek covers.
In honor of yesterday’s archival gem, a few more choice masculinity covers from the NEWSWEEK library (which is currently a very big stack of boxes; thank you to our research dept for digging these up). And ladies, we’ve got you covered: you can find an equally-amazing gallery of women on vintage NEWSWEEK covers here. Please note slide #6, which is possibly the best NEWSWEEK cover of all time. In fact, we regularly try to recreate that look while skipping around the office.