New Directions for Women

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New Directions for Women
Type Quarterly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Editor Paula Kassell
Founded January 1972 (1972-01)
Ceased publication 1993 (1993)
Headquarters Dover, New Jersey

New Directions for Women was an important early feminist newspaper. It began as a mimeographed newsletter in 1972 in New Jersey, but soon expanded into a tabloid-sized quarterly newspaper. Edited by Paula Kassell of Dover, a member of the Morristown chapter of National Organization for Women (NOW), the paper offered news reports from a feminist perspective as well as book reviews, women's history articles, and editorials, and was the first national feminist newspaper in the United States. After years of struggling to attain financial stability, the newspaper discontinued publishing in 1993.[1][2] This was five years before Pamela Wilder founded the non-profit drug rehab "New Directions for Women" in 1977 through the Junior League of Orange County. New Directions for Women is still helping women, pregnant women, and their children find recovery.


  1. ^ "Records of New Directions for Women" (PDF). State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Townsend, Cara. "Paula Kassell, feminist pioneer and Dover resident, dies at 94", Daily Record (Morristown), September 1, 2012. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Kassell was a long-time women’s rights activist who in 1972 founded the news tabloid, New Directions for Women, and later convinced the New York Times to use Ms. in addition to Miss and Mrs. on the paper's pages."