THERE IS something just a tiny bit romantic about a feminist icon like Mary Thom going out in a motorcycle crash.
It’s an unhappy occasion, sad to see her go at 68, when she obviously had a lot of living left to do, but at least she went out enjoying what she did every day, which was riding a motorcycle. It was her chosen form of transportation, no matter the dangers.
Mary Thom was the former executive editor of Ms. Magazine, and the editor in chief of the Women’s Media Center, which released an obituary.
Mary Thom, who was an author, editor, and journalist who edited the Women’s Media Center Features, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Yonkers Friday. An early and long-time editor of Ms. magazine, she wrote and consulted for a number of non-profit women’s organizations, including the National Council for Research on Women. Her books include Inside Ms.: 25 Years of the Magazine and the Feminist Movement and Letters to Ms.: 1972-1987. She is editor, with Suzanne Braun Levine, of an oral history, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way). She also was editor of a book by Rosalie Maggio, Unspinning the Spin. How to Say What You Mean and De-Code the Hype. The book will be released later this fall.
Mary Thom was riding on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers, N.Y. when she died. Thom was killed when her motorcycle “clipped a car and threw her to the road at around 4:20 p.m.” on Friday, according to the Yonkers Daily Voice, with the police shutting down the Parkway until late in the evening to investigate what happened.