After World War I started, Day journeyed to Washington to protest the draft. Back in New York, she joined the staff of Max Eastman's irreverent Masses, the most exciting and lively radical magazine of the time. With much of the staff on vacation during the summer of 1917, Day single-handedly edited the August issue-the one that the government censored as subversive under the provisions of the Espionage Act. She next joined the staff of The Liberator, the successor to The Masses, edited by Eastman, his sister Crystal Eastman, and Floyd Dell. Day seemed cut out for the calling of radical writer like her contemporaries Mary Heaton Vorse, Josephine Herbst, and Meridel LeSueur. At that time writing, especially advocacy journalism, was one of the few public paths leftist movements approved for their women members.