Marcia Ann Gillespie became managing editor of Essence magazine at the age of twenty-six, in 1970. A year later, Gillespie became its editor-in-chief and transformed Essence into one of the fastest-growing magazines in the country. Gillespie became editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine in 1992, making her the first Black woman editor-in-chief of a major publication in the US. Ms. reached its most diverse readership in its history under Gillespie’s leadership.
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