Sad news: Mary Thom, prominent feminist, author and former editor of Ms. Magazine, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Friday. She was 68.
Throughout her life, Thom worked to give voice to women's rights in books, magazines, and through her work on behalf of the women's movement.
"The important thing to know about Mary is that she was a major leader of the 70's Feminist movement, but never desired the limelight," her nephew, Thom Loubet, told the Associated Press. "She stayed behind the scenes tirelessly crafting the message and simply making it better."
Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, co-founders of the Women's Media Centre where Thom was editor in chief at the time of her death, released a statement about Thom:
"Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart. Wherever her friends and colleagues gather, we will always ask the guiding question: What would Mary do?
"Ms. Magazine, the Women's Media Center, the women's movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow."
Thom was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Akron. She moved to Manhattan as an adult, and spent all but 20 years of her life there.
According to the New York Times, she got interested in activism as a young woman due in part to a love of jazz and Shakespeare.
She was swept into the civil rights movement in the '60s while studying at Bryn Mawr, joining anti-war activists and leading a fast to raise funds for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
She also had a passion for motorcycles. Her 1996 Honda Magna 750, which she was riding Friday when she crashed, was her "true love," according to friends.
Thom leaves behind her nephew, sister, Susan Thom Loubet, niece-in-law Mariko Silver, and grand-niece Kumi Silver Loubet.
The family also released a statement remembering Thom.
"She was the source of our joy and our edits," they said. "She charged through life with a generous and compassionate strength and wisdom, and that is how we will forever remember her."