Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, families and media. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine (1972-1988), and the first woman editor of the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review. She reports on the ongoing changes in women’s lives in her books, on her website SuzanneBraunLevine.com, on television, radio, and as a frequent guest blogger and lecturer.
Her most recent published work is an e-book You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-fifty Posse is Good for Your Health (Open Road Media, 2013). It continues an ongoing conversation with women in Second Adulthood, the stage she celebrated in three popular books, How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After Fifty, 50 Is the New Fifty: 10 Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood and Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood.
She is a regular blogger for Huff/Post50 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-braun-levine/) and AARP.org and contributes to Encore.org, The Transition Network.org, VibrantNation.com. She is a Contributing Editor at More Magazine and a frequent guest on the Feisty Side of Fifty radio program and the WHOA (Women Honor Our Age) google chats. She has been a featured speaker at the San Miguel Writers Conference, Women At Woodstock retreats, and other events that empower women over fifty.
While at Ms. she developed and produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO special She’s Nobody’s Baby: American Women in the 20th Century and edited the book based on the documentary. She also conceived and co-edited A Decade of Women: A Ms. History of the Seventies in Words and Pictures.
Levine was the guest Editor-in-Chief of the 30th anniversary issue of Ms. magazine in 2002 and was honored as a Ms. Woman of the Year in 2004. Her papers from her years at Ms.are now in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s Archives at Smith College. In 2007, she co-authored (with author and editor Mary Thom) a widely acclaimed oral history of New York Rep. Bella Abzug.
Her pioneering book on how men are changing the role of fatherhood, Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First (2000), gave voice to an “unsung revolution” of fathers trying to coparent in a society that discourages men from doing so. She continues to write on family issues, parenting and work-family conflicts of women and men.
She is on the board of Encore.org, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, and on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Media Center and The Transition Network.
Levine began her magazine journalism career as an editor and reporter for Seattle, Mademoiselle, McCall’s and Sexual Behavior magazines after graduating with honors from Harvard University. She has received numerous honors and taught journalism at several universities.
She lives in New York with her husband, Robert F. Levine. They have two adult children.