Former Ms. Magazine Editor Killed In Yonkers Motorcycle Crash

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The motorcyclist killed in a crash on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers Friday has been identified as Mary Thom, former editor of Ms. Magazine Photo Credit: Courtesy of Women's Media Center

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The motorcyclist killed in a crash on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers Friday has been identified as former Ms. Magazine editor Mary Thom, according to Westchester County police.

Thom, 68, was killed when her motorcycle clipped a car and threw her to the road at around 4:20 p.m. Police shut down the Saw Mill River Parkway in both directions until about 9 p.m. while they investigated the accident and cleared the scene.

Thom was a long-time editor for the feminist magazine Ms. and later wrote and consulted for non-profit women's organizations such as the National Council for Research on Women. She is the author of several books, and was most recently an editor for Women's Media Center Features.

"Mary was one of the great writers, editors, and visionaries of the women's movement, and the heart and soul of Women's Media Center's feature writing," said Julie Burton, president of Women's Media Center. "From her work in the early days of Ms. Magazine right up until this week, hers was a clear, strong voice for equality—and her editorial talents lifted so many other voices as well."

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Oh really? She was out for a ride? Bless her soul. What else would she be doing... drag racing, going to the dentist? However, it was an accident and she is now gone.

R.I.P. Mary, an outstanding contributor of the women's community.


By coincidence, one of the founders and co-editors of MS Magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin is appearing in Mamaroneck tonight to give a lecture on her newest book. Perhaps she will dedicate the speech to her friend and colleague Mary Thom. May she rest in peace.


Poor lady I felt so bad for her, may her soul rest in peace.


I live not too far away from the Lockwood Avenue exit. This is so sad. It was very nice Friday afternoon. I wonder if maybe she was just out for a ride?

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