Of all of the many words celebrating Margaret Moser in the supplement dedicated to her ["Leader of the Pack
," Music, June 30], I was surprised that one, beginning with "F," was missing. This is possibly because it's one not used by many of the people testifying, yet I think it's the one that defines her best of all, at least in my experience of her.
I guess "feminist" has a bad odor to some people these days, since it's been co-opted by both the hard right and academia, but to me, a feminist is one who supports her sisters in their endeavors (in a social sense) and fights for her right to be evaluated on her own strengths and weaknesses without regard to gender (in a personal sense).
Maybe the word didn't need to be articulated, though: It resonates through all the anecdotes and tributes you did print.