off our backs is a newsjournal by, for, and about women. It was published continuously from 1970 to 2008, making it the longest surviving feminist newspaper in the United States. It is run by a collective where all decisions are made by consensus.


The mission of the magazine is to provide news and information about women’s lives and feminist activism; to educate the public about the status of women around the world; to serve as a forum for feminist ideas and theory; to be an information resource on feminist, women’s, and lesbian culture; and to seek social justice and equality for women worldwide.


Laura Butterbaugh, Karla Mantilla, Angie Manzano, Jennie Ruby

Publication Information

off our backs was formerly published 4 times per year. Back issues are available on microfilm from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, attn. James Buckett, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706. Articles may be accessed online through Softline Information Systems, the Gale Group, and University Microfilms International.

Business Info

off our backs, inc., is a nonprofit corporation located in Washington, DC.

Mailing Address

off our backs 4201 Wilson Blvd. No. 110-487

Arlington, VA 22203


off our backs collective members marching for women’s rights (top), protesting the Gulf War (middle), and reaching out to a young feminist at a festival.


30th anniversary issue, published January 2000