““Freedom, Justice and Equality for All, Love of God and Our Fellow Man; Doing All the Good We Can for Our Community," Andrew J. Smitherman (1883-1961). The Purpose of the Buffalo Empire Star is to keep the African-American community informed about past, current and future events to continue onward in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality in the spirt of the underground railroad pioneers.

Especially for Women in Buffalo, New York


I worked at the Buffalo Evening News in the early in 1980s, just 10 years after a group of women in 1970 sued Newsweek magazine for gender discrimination in the workplace.

I don’t know if any of those women  were black, Latina, Asian or Native American  Lynn Povich  wrote about  at Newsweek that catapulted the lawsuit  in 1970 in the Los Angeles Times today.

Lynn Povich,  Newsweek’s first female senior editor  and past managing editor of MSNBC.com,  author of “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace,”  was one of the 46 women to bring the landmark lawsuit in 1970.

It was largely forgotten she wrote until she got a call from two women at Newsweek writing about women in the work place that discovered the lawsuit. In an insightful editorial for the Los Angeles Times, about the experience Povich wrote:

“The glass…

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