Following the table of contents is a letter from "The Branching Out staff," addressed to readers and accompanied by a five-panel comic entitled "The Last Word on Branching Out," which cites the reasons for folding the magazine (see figure 5).
These comments parody some of the criticism directed at Branching Out over the years and allude to the challenges of trying to produce a feminist magazine with newsstand appeal.
The academic study Branching Out uncovers the relationship between feminist resistance and the arts, the effects of speaking from outside one of Canada's activist centres, and the role of a magazine in both recording and shaping a movement.
My own work on Branching Out also has a revisionist mandate, demonstrating that 1970s feminist periodicals were more than communication tools and that their literary and political experimentation requires scholarly attention as an important and overlooked aspect of Canadian feminist, periodical, and literary history.
7) Although Branching Out does not appear on the periodical list, there are two sets of documents related to the magazine at the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections: one file in box 5 of the Canadian Women's Movement Archives Fonds (X10-1), which includes correspondence, advertising rates, and other material collected by Pat Leslie, and the 2006 Sharon Batt donation, which is eight uncatalogued boxes that the archivists at University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections have generously allowed me to consult.
9) For brief periods, Branching Out did receive small amounts of money to pay office and editorial staff.