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Gloria Steinem

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Feminist Activist

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Gloria Steinem on her evolution from journalist to activist, launching Ms., and proof of the women's movement's success.

Gloria 's Biography

Biggest Fear: Being misunderstood.
Three Adjectives to Describe Herself: Hopeful, durable, and laughing
Dream Interview Subject: Someone who lived before there was patriarchy, monotheism or nationalism.
Most Meaningful Advice Received: People are linked, not ranked, with each other, with nature and with the universe.

Groundbreaking writer, lecturer, editor and activist, Gloria Steinem has been looked to as the popular face of the women's movement for over four decades. She was a buzzed-about journalist in the late-60s, when her political conscience compelled her to the growing feminist movement and made her one of its most visible and effective leaders. She co-founded Ms. magazine in 1972, and has spent decades crisscrossing the United States and the world as a speaker and organizer. She has been a controversial, good-humored, and inescapable public conscience on issues of equality and social justice. She has expanded the women’s movement to celebrate non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organization across socioeconomic boundaries. Steinem probes and lays bare the workings of gender roles, of sex and race caste systems, and of child abuse as roots of violence. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and an Inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Gloria Steinem is a 2005 Founder of the Women’s Media Center. She lives in New York City, and is at work on Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, traces her journeys on behalf of women—and of people—everywhere.