From the Editor

Susan Weidman Schneider on why “family” is such an alienating word.

In this summer issue of the magazine, you have more than beach reading: Lilith asked seven women alert to differences — differences in circumstance, differences in access to power — to suggest what we can do right now to mend the world. I have a small suggestion here. It has to do with language, and my own reflexive response. Maybe it’s idiosyncratic, but I don’t think so. I suspect that many of you react the same way: Every time I hear the word “family” out of a politician’s mouth, I cringe.

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