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BRANCH. This is a metaphorical expression, which designates, in the genealogy of a numerous family, a portion of that family which has sprang from the same root or stock; these latter expressions, like the first, are also metaphorical.
     2. The whole of a genealogy is often called the genealogical tree; and sometimes it is made to take the form of a tree, which is in the first place divided into as many branches as there are children, afterwards into as many branches as there are grand-children, then of great grandchildren, &c. If, for example, it be desired to have a genealogical tree of Peter's family, Peter will be made the trunk of the tree; if he has had two children, John and James, their names will be written on the first two branches; which will themselves shoot out as many smaller branches as John and James have children; from these other's proceed, till the whole family is represented on the tree; thus the origin, the application, and the use of the word branch in genealogy will be at once perceived.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Branching Out's omission from the CWMA periodicals list parallels the lack of attention paid to the women-in-print movement in accounts of second-wave feminism.
Branching Out: "Beyond the first growth of radical feminism"
In her recent memoir The Gargoyle's Left Ear, Susan McMaster, founding editor of Branching Out, recalls the events that led her to post the "two dozen day-glo pink announcements" (15) that brought seventeen women together to produce "the first national feminist magazine in Canada" (16).
Very few sources exist that refer to Branching Out in any detail.
While references to Branching Out that help contextualize its relationship to the larger field of feminist periodical publishing and to the larger women's movement are relatively few, they are nonetheless revealing.