A Women's Thing Spring Issue Money, Cover by Tony Gum
On the Cover: Free da Gum II from Free da Gum Series by Tony Gum / Courtesy of
Christopher Moller Gallery

Dear Readers,

Money is green. Money is paper. Money is plastic. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Or so we’ve been told. Money can be liquid but it’s not fluid. Money comes and money goes; it is not static, but is a living, breathing thing. It’s also dead. Money is a construct. Truth is, money often feels more like a leaky faucet than a perennial plant. Flowing, flowing, out of us in every direction in the form of food, student loans, rent, and that new pair of Levi’s we just had to have. But let’s keep going with these metaphors. Because we have faith that we’re as smart (okay, smarter) than any un-woke 1%-er. Money is a boomerang. You have to use the power of your very own arm to throw it into the world, but once you do, it’ll circle on back.

You may have noticed that the magazine you are looking at looks a little different than it used to. “Holy moly,” you may be thinking to yourself, “this magazine stands up when I lean it against a wall. The paper is thicker and less easy to tear. The sun doesn’t appear to be fading the pages, and it’s gonna look real ace when I Instagram a photo of it on my coffee table next to my air plant.” You might be thinking, “This is beautiful.” Well, that’s what we’re thinking. We decided it was time to buck another boomerang. Not only have we moved from newsprint to perfect binding, but we’ve also added pages, meaning more art, more articles, and a brand new Fiction section, featuring badass lady writers of the moment. (Heyo, Julie Buntin!)

Along with all the changes, we still have the same sharp content, like New Yorker staffer Lauretta Charlton’s essay, “Banking on the Women’s Health Business,” about the financial possibilities in apps that focus on the female body, or travel blogger Randi Delano’s advice for seeing the world on a dime. From cover artist Tony Gum’s “Free Da Gum” series to artist Zanele Muholi’s exploration of the politics of race, the artwork in this issue (largely portraiture) asks us to reevaluate our understanding of women globally.

Pals, we’re so grateful for your support, and for staying with us throughout our 11 issues. AWT would not be what it is today without you. So bring this renegading mag to your next local Women/LGBTQ/Black Lives/Immigration March, and pay it forward. We guarantee your generosity will circle back.

Your AWT Team