Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and authority on women, families and changing gender roles. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine and the first woman editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. She reports on the changes in women’s lives in her books, on her website, on television and radio, and as a blogger for AARP, Huff/Post50, Encore.org, NextAvenue.org and others. She is on the board of Encore.org, the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication, Inc., on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Media Center and The Transition Network and is a contributing editor at MORE magazine.
Her most recent e-book “Can Men Have it All?” (Shebooks, 2014) examines the changing role of fatherhood and the state of the work-life balance for modern couples, a subject she introduced in her pioneering book, “Father Courage” (Harcourt, Inc., 2000). Her first e-book, “You Gotta Have Girlfriends – A Post-Fifty Posse is Good for Your Health” (Open Road Media, 2013), continues her ongoing conversations with women in second adulthood, the new stage of life she celebrated in “Inventing the Rest of Our Lives” (Plume, 2005), “50 is the New Fifty” (Plume, 2010) and “How We Love Now”(Plume, 2013).
In 2007, she co-authored (with Mary Thom) “Bella Abzug” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008), a widely acclaimed oral history of the New York congresswoman. While at Ms., she conceived 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 was editor-in-chief of the 30th anniversary issue of Ms. and in 2004, was honored as a Ms. Woman of the Year. She is featured in “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” an ongoing AOL and PBS video project.
She graduated with honors from Harvard University and has taught journalism at several universities. Suzanne lives in New York with her husband, attorney Robert F. Levine. They have two adult children.