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Gloria Steinem

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Born Mar 25, 1934

Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1934 Birth Steinem was born on March 25, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Ruth (née Nuneviller) and Leo Steinem. … Read More
1944 10 Years Old Steinem was ten years old when her parents finally separated in 1944. … Read More

TEENAGE

1952 18 Years Old Steinem's involvement in presidential campaigns stretches back to her support of Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 presidential campaign. … Read More

TWENTIES

1959 25 Years Old …  She worked to send non-Communist American students to the 1959 World Youth Festival.
1960 26 Years Old In 1960, she was hired by Warren Publishing as the first employee of Help! magazine.
1962 28 Years Old Esquire magazine features editor Clay Felker gave freelance writer Steinem what she later called her first "serious assignment", regarding contraception; he didn't like her first draft and had her re-write the article. Her resulting 1962 article about the way in which women are forced to choose between a career and marriage preceded Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique by one year.
1963 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, while working on an article for Huntington Hartford's Show magazine, Steinem was employed as a Playboy Bunny at the New York Playboy Club.

THIRTIES

1964 30 Years Old In the interim, she conducted a 1964 interview with John Lennon for Cosmopolitan magazine.
1965 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1965, she wrote for NBC-TV's weekly satirical revue, That Was The Week That Was (TW3), contributing a regular segment entitled "Surrealism in Everyday Life". … Read More
1968 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Steinem signed the "War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.
1969 35 Years Old In 1969, she published an article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation" which brought her to national fame as a feminist leader.
1970 36 Years Old 1 More Event
As such she campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in its favor in 1970. … Read More

FIFTIES

1984 50 Years Old In 1984 Steinem was arrested along with a number of members of Congress and civil rights activists for disorderly conduct outside the South African embassy while protesting against the South African apartheid system.
1991 57 Years Old 1 More Event
At the outset of the Gulf War in 1991, Steinem, along with prominent feminists Robin Morgan and Kate Millett, publicly opposed an incursion into the Middle East and asserted that ostensible goal of "defending democracy" was a pretense.
1992 58 Years Old In 1992, Steinem co-founded Choice USA, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and provides ongoing support to a younger generation that lobbies for reproductive choice.
1993 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993 Steinem co-produced and narrated an Emmy Award winning TV documentary for HBO about child abuse, called, "Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories."

LATE ADULTHOOD

2000 - 2004 3 More Events
2007 73 Years Old In the musical Legally Blonde, which premiered in 2007, Steinem is mentioned in the scene where Elle Woods wears a flashy Bunny costume to a party, and must pretend to be dressed as Gloria Steinem "researching her feminist manifesto 'I Was A Playboy Bunny'."
2008 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Steinem was an active participant in the 2008 presidential campaign, and praised both the Democratic front-runners, commenting,
2011 77 Years Old In 2011, Gloria: In Her Own Words, a documentary, first aired.
2013 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Female Force: Gloria Steinem, a comic book by Melissa Seymour, was published.
In 2014, Who Is Gloria Steinem?, by Sarah Fabiny, was published.
In 2016, Steinem was featured in the catalog of clothing retailer Lands' End. … Read More
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