Gloria Steinem
American activist
Gloria Steinem
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.
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Mitch McConnell Silencing Elizabeth Warren Shows What Women Put Up With Every Day
Huffington Post - 15 days
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Steinem calls recent women's marches 'so much more contagious and so much more global'
LATimes - 16 days
In a ballroom at the sprawling Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, activist Gloria Steinem and actress Octavia Spencer emerged onstage hand in hand Monday night. The crowd, predominately female, erupted into thunderous applause that led to a standing ovation.  Steinem and Spencer, just two...
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Stop Bannon and his puppet Trump; Elect a Democratic Congress in 2018
Huffington Post - 18 days
Reality tells us the only way to ensure we stop Trump in the long run, unless he is impeached, is to elect a Democratic Congress in 2018. We can and should continue to march and protest but that must lead to organizing and electing Democrats. The first step is ensuring we keep the Virginia governorship and retake the governor's office in New Jersey in 2017. To do this we need to stop fighting each other and one way to do that is to stop demanding perfection in our candidates. That is what led to the election of Donald Trump. The Susan Sarandon's and Ralph Nader's of the world who by their stupidity and short-sightedness supported third party candidates must take some responsibility for Trump being in the White House. Sarandon had the unmitigated gall to tweet after the women's march telling Cher to keep protesting after she told everyone she thinks Clinton is more dangerous than Trump. For the next two years we need to get all Democrats and Independent voters who lean Democratic ...
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Gloria Steinem, Octavia Spencer to anchor MAKERS women's empowerment conference
LATimes - 20 days
Fresh on the heels of last month’s women’s marches, MAKERS, AOL's storytelling platform for women's empowerment, will kick off its third conference series on Monday with a bevy of stars at the peak of their powers.  Activist Gloria Steinem and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) will...
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Marching In Topeka: Grief, Disbelief And Action In A Red State
Huffington Post - 21 days
I went to bed past midnight on election night, after witnessing the shocking development that Donald Trump would win the electoral vote. Our college sophomore son texted us at 1:30 a.m. that Trump had indeed bagged the Electoral College. Sometime in the wee hours I dreamt I was comforting Hillary Clinton, who was, naturally, dressed in a pantsuit. I hugged her and told her how sorry I was that she had lost the election. Then I said, “I love your hair color. Can you tell me who your hair colorist is?” Maybe my hair colorist question expressed my unconscious wish to normalize the life ahead of us, to convince myself that even in the face of devastating election results, we could all return to life as usual. But I awoke to a grimmer reality. Like many others, I didn’t shower that day or leave the house. I cried when Tim Kaine spoke. I cried when Hillary finally conceded to Trump. I skipped the panel I was planning to attend that evening at a public library. And for many days after ...
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Madeleine Albright Tweets She Is ‘Ready To Register As Muslim’
Huffington Post - 28 days
Madeleine Albright snapped back at the news of President Donald Trump’s plan to shut some people out of America with a call for human solidarity. The former secretary of state tweeted Wednesday that she is “ready to register as Muslim” herself, even as Trump prepares to single out travelers from Muslim-majority countries. I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017 Albright, an immigrant who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 but left at the age of 2 after the Nazi occupation, also tweeted a picture of the Statue of Liberty with the famous words: “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. Am ...
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The Women's March Taught Me To Get Offline And Show Up
Huffington Post - about 1 month
In the late morning of the Women’s March on Washington I felt more like a restless kid on a field trip than a participant in an historic event. I had been anticipating the event for months, but by the time everyone from our group had arrived, we couldn’t get anywhere near the front of the stage. Instead of raising my fist in solidarity while Gloria Steinem proclaimed “Do not try to divide us,” I was munching on trail mix at the back of the National Mall, holding in my pee and wiggling my toes to stay warm.   Like many millennials who protested on Saturday, marching in the streets was something I rarely do. I write about feminism online, but posting my work to social media and watching as the likes, retweets and disdainful comments pour in means I depend on instant feedback to know I’ve made an impact. It’s a well-known stereotype that millennials spend more time engaging with each other online than IRL. We Gchat the colleagues who sit beside us. We text our best friends instead of ...
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Factbox: Women stage marches in cities across North America
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Organizers of the march in the nation's capital had told police they expected 200,000 people to attend, but reporters covering the event said it appeared bigger than that, with a dense crowd stretching for about a mile (1.6 km) through the heart of the capital. Organizers said early estimates pointed to more than 1 million, while police and the Park Service declined to give numbers. Speakers included the feminist writer Gloria Steinem and some of the country's biggest celebrities were in attendance, including actress Scarlett Johansson and pop singer Madonna.
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America Ferrera: 'The President Is Not America. We Are America.'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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How To Give A (Gay) Graduation Speech About AIDS, Free Speech & Feminism
Huffington Post - about 1 month
UC Berkeley Graduates © UC Berkeley Used with Permission Last month, on December 18th at 10:30 a.m., I stood on the podium at Haas Pavilion, looked at thousands of people and gave UC Berkeley's Winter Commencement Speech. I wasn't a alt-right "Dangerous Faggot," like college drop-out Milo Yiannopoulos but a nice, left leaning, bookish one and I felt terrified. Other queer people had given commencement speeches (Ellen DeGeneres and John Waters and Oregon Governor Kate Brown). However, none of them were graduating students or had spoken about being personally subjected to gay-to-straight therapy or the AIDS epidemic. After I'd finished and stepped away from the podium, I knew why politicians, authors and activists were eager to do what everyone else in the world feared. For me, giving the commencement speech was more than an amplified selfie. It was alchemy. My personal his-story merged into a general our-story and this melding of the personal with the political became an exper ...
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Read The Women's March On Washington's Beautifully Intersectional Policy Platform
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington just released a four-page document outlining the principles and goals of the protest, and it’s the definition of intersectional feminism.  The Women’s March will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21 in DC with sister marches all over the country (and world) to “affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination,” according to the official platform. After a rocky start, the organizers have put together an inclusive and intersectional policy platform.  The document lays out the march’s purpose, values and principles, and gives an important nod to movements that came before them: the suffragists and abolitionists, the America Indian Movement, the Civil Rights era, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and the fight for LGBTQ rights.  “Our liberation is bound in each other’s,” the platform states. “The Women’s March on Washington includes leaders of organizations and communities that have b ...
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America Ferrera To Chair Committee For Women's March On Washington
Huffington Post - about 2 months
America Ferrera is set to chair an Artists’ Committee for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington, march leader Bob Bland told BuzzFeed News. The march is planned for Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, and organizers hope to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”  Ferrera will work with fellow organizers for the event on unspecified activities. Ferrera’s inclusion falls in line with the program’s catalogue of “nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders,” which currently includes the likes of Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte. A spokesperson for Ferrera told BuzzFeed that the decision to join the march was the actress’ own and that she arranged it all on her own. The Latina actress hasn’t been quiet about her political stance or her desire for fellow Latinos to get out to the polls. She has spoken out agai ...
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Scarlet Letter Of Shame: "A" For Abortion
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Empowered by the election of anti-abortion president-elect Donald Trump, states are pushing restrictive abortion legislation that is so ruthless, it's beginning to take on the tenor of an angry mob with pitchforks. Besides Ohio's fetal-heartbeat legislation that would have made an abortion illegal after a heartbeat was detected (approximately six weeks) with no exception for rape or incest, there is the Texas rule that was set to go into effect December 19, 2016 that would require the burial or cremation of a fetus, whether aborted or miscarried, no matter what stage of gestation. Texas Governor Greg Abbott rationalizes the law thus: "I believe it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life." Imagine the shame and dismay a woman would feel being told (and I'm paraphrasing here), "The rule requires you bury or cremate your baby." Not only that, she's knocked to her hands and knees when she's also told, "The cost for the funeral is ...
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The Third Wave Of Feminism Is Now, And It Is Intersectional
Huffington Post - about 2 months
With less than three weeks to go until the Women’s March on Washington takes the Nation’s Capitol (and new administration) by storm, it is telling that one early criticism of the March has not been swept under the rug as it might have been in another era, but rather addressed head on. The criticism was as old as feminism itself—what about the rights of non-privileged women? In other words, was this going to be a repeat of the first and second waves of feminism, which largely focused on the concerns of white, well-educated, upper middle class women? That the answer presented itself swiftly and decisively is not as much a testament to the march’s original organizer, Bob Bland (a white woman), as it is a testament to how far we have come in this country as progressives and feminists. It was Bland, however, who quickly set out to address this criticism that has been ultimately used to silence a movement. Like most movements are, the women’s rights movement has been an imperfect one; y ...
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Islamagood
Huffington Post - about 2 months
"However sugar-coated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion, or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family." -- Gloria Steinem, Human Rights Leader Beauty Bites Beast, my book and now my movie, is all about authoritarianism as expressed through violence against women, and by extension any underdog. If you'd told me decades ago that I would be presenting my work at the International Islamic University of Islamabad (IIUI) in Pakistan, I would have called you deluded. How could that possibly happen? Friendship, my friends, friendship. In these uncertain and frightening times for many of us -- even Trump voters of whom I suspect some are now musing, "What have we done?" although loathe to admit it -- friendship is more important than ever. So how did friendship land me, ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gloria Steinem
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 81
    Also in 2016, the television series Woman premiered, featuring Steinem as producer and host; it is a documentary series concerning sexist injustice and violence worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details The Gloria Steinem Papers are held in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, under collection number MS 237.
    In Jennifer Lopez's 2016 music video for her song "Ain't Your Mama", Steinem can be heard saying part of her "Address to the Women of America" speech, specifically, "This is no simple reform.
    More Details Hide Details It really is a revolution."
    In 2016, Steinem was featured in the catalog of clothing retailer Lands' End.
    More Details Hide Details After an outcry from anti-abortion customers, the company removed Steinem from their website, stating on their Facebook page: "It was never our intention to raise a divisive political or religious issue, so when some of our customers saw the recent promotion that way, we heard them. We sincerely apologize for any offense." The company then faced further criticism online, this time both from customers who were still unhappy that Steinem had been featured in the first place, and customers who were unhappy that Steinem had been removed.
  • 2014
    Age 79
    Also in 2014, Steinem appeared in Season 6, Episode 3 of the television show The Good Wife.
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    Also in 2014, Steinem appeared in Season 1, Episode 8 of the television show The Sixties.
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    In 2014, Who Is Gloria Steinem?, by Sarah Fabiny, was published.
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  • 2013
    Age 78
    Also in 2013, Steinem was featured in the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America about the feminist movement.
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    In 2013, Female Force: Gloria Steinem, a comic book by Melissa Seymour, was published.
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  • 2011
    Age 76
    In 2011, Gloria: In Her Own Words, a documentary, first aired.
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  • 2008
    Age 73
    Steinem is also a signatory of the 2008 manifesto, "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision For All Our Families and Relationships", which advocates extending legal rights and privileges to a wide range of relationships, households, and families.
    More Details Hide Details In 1977, Steinem expressed disapproval that the heavily publicized sex reassignment surgery of tennis player Renée Richards had been characterized as "a frightening instance of what feminism could lead to" or as "living proof that feminism isn't necessary." Steinem wrote, "At a minimum, it was a diversion from the widespread problems of sexual inequality." She also wrote that, while she supported the right of individuals to identify as they choose, she claimed that, in many cases, transsexuals "surgically mutilate their own bodies" in order to conform to a gender role that is inexorably tied to physical body parts. She concluded that "feminists are right to feel uncomfortable about the need for and uses of transsexualism." The article concluded with what became one of Steinem's most famous quotes: "If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?" Although clearly meant in the context of transsexuality, the quote is frequently mistaken as a general statement about feminism.
    Steinem was an active participant in the 2008 presidential campaign, and praised both the Democratic front-runners, commenting,
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  • 2007
    Age 72
    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'."
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  • 2004
    Age 69
    Although Steinem did not mention or advocate same-sex marriage in any published works or interviews for more than three decades, she again expressed support for same-sex marriage in the early 2000s, stating in 2004 that "the idea that sexuality is only okay if it ends in reproduction oppresses women—whose health depends on separating sexuality from reproduction—as well as gay men and lesbians."
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  • 2003
    Age 68
    Steinem and Bale were married for only three years before he died of brain lymphoma on December 30, 2003, at age 62.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, she had had a four-year relationship with the publisher Mortimer Zuckerman. Commenting on aging, Steinem says that as she approached 60 she felt like she entered a new phase in life that was free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Although most frequently considered a liberal feminist, Steinem has repeatedly characterized herself as a radical feminist. More importantly, she has repudiated categorization within feminism as "nonconstructive to specific problems," saying: "I've turned up in every category. So it makes it harder for me to take the divisions with great seriousness." Nevertheless, on concrete issues, Steinem has staked several firm positions. In 1979, Steinem wrote the article on female genital mutilation that brought it into the American public's consciousness; the article, "The International Crime of Female Genital Mutilation," was published in the March 1979 issue of Ms.. The article reported on the "75 million women suffering with the results of genital mutilation." According to Steinem, "The real reasons for genital mutilation can only be understood in the context of the patriarchy: men must control women's bodies as the means of production, and thus repress the independent power of women's sexuality." Steinem's article contains the basic arguments that would later be developed by philosopher Martha Nussbaum.
  • 2000
    Age 65
    On September 3, 2000, at age 66, Steinem married David Bale, father of actor Christian Bale.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding was performed at the home of her friend Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 58
    Also in 1993, she and Rosilyn Heller co-produced an original TV movie for Lifetime, "Better Off Dead," which examined the parallel forces that both oppose abortion and support the death penalty.
    More Details Hide Details She contributed the piece "The Media and the Movement: A User's Guide" to the 2003 anthology Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium, edited by Robin Morgan. On June 1, 2013 Steinem performed on stage at the "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" Concert at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Later in 2014, UN Women began its commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and as part of that campaign Steinem (and others) spoke at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Chime For Change funded by Gucci, focusing on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness especially regarding girls and women. Steinem has stated, "I think the fact that I've become a symbol for the women's movement is somewhat accidental. A woman member of Congress, for example, might be identified as a member of Congress; it doesn't mean she's any less of a feminist but she's identified by her nearest male analog. Well, I don't have a male analog so the press has to identify me with the movement. I suppose I could be referred to as a journalist, but because Ms. is part of a movement and not just a typical magazine, I'm more likely to be identified with the movement. There's no other slot to put me in."
    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."
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  • 1992
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 56
    During the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment scandal in 1991, Steinem voiced strong support for Anita Hill and suggested that one day Hill herself would sit on the Supreme Court.
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    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 49
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 38
    In March 1973, she addressed the first national conference of Stewardesses for Women's Rights, which she continued to support throughout its existence.
    More Details Hide Details Stewardesses for Women's Rights folded in the spring of 1976. Steinem, who grew up reading Wonder Woman comics, was also a key player in the restoration of Wonder Woman's powers and traditional costume, which were restored in issue #204 (January–February 1973). Steinem, offended that the most famous female superhero had been depowered, had placed Wonder Woman (in costume) on the cover of the first issue of Ms. (1972) – Warner Communications, DC Comics' owner, was an investor – which also contained an appreciative essay about the character. In 1976, the first women-only Passover seder was held in Esther M. Broner's New York City apartment and led by Broner, with 13 women attending, including Steinem.
  • 1972
    Age 37
    In 1972, she ran as a delegate for Shirley Chisholm in New York, but lost.
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  • 1971
    Age 36
    On July 10, 1971, Steinem was one of over three hundred women who founded the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), including such notables as Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, and Myrlie Evers-Williams.
    More Details Hide Details As a co-convener of the Caucus, she delivered the speech "Address to the Women of America", stating in part:
  • 1970
    Age 35
    In an essay published in Time magazine on August 31, 1970, "What Would It Be Like If Women Win," Steinem wrote about same-sex marriage in the context of the "Utopian" future she envisioned, writing:
    More Details Hide Details What will exist is a variety of alternative life-styles. Since the population explosion dictates that childbearing be kept to a minimum, parents-and-children will be only one of many "families": couples, age groups, working groups, mixed communes, blood-related clans, class groups, creative groups. Single women will have the right to stay single without ridicule, without the attitudes now betrayed by "spinster" and "bachelor." Lesbians or homosexuals will no longer be denied legally binding marriages, complete with mutual-support agreements and inheritance rights. Paradoxically, the number of homosexuals may get smaller. With fewer over-possessive mothers and fewer fathers who hold up an impossibly cruel or perfectionist idea of manhood, boys will be less likely to be denied or reject their identity as males.
    As such she campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in its favor in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details That same year she published her essay on a utopia of gender equality, "What It Would Be Like If Women Win", in Time magazine.
  • 1969
    Age 34
    In 1969, she published an article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation" which brought her to national fame as a feminist leader.
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  • 1968
    Age 33
    On a late-night radio show, Steinem garnered attention for declaring, "George McGovern is the real Eugene McCarthy." In 1968, Steinem was chosen to pitch the arguments to McGovern as to why he should enter the presidential race that year; he agreed, and Steinem "consecutively or simultaneously served as pamphlet writer, advance "man", fund raiser, lobbyist of delegates, errand runner, and press secretary."
    More Details Hide Details McGovern lost the nomination at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and Steinem later wrote of her astonishment at Hubert Humphrey's "refusal even to suggest to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley that he control the rampaging police and the bloodshed in the streets." Steinem was reluctant to re-join the McGovern campaign, as although she had brought in McGovern's single largest campaign contributor in 1968, she "still had been treated like a frivolous pariah by much of McGovern's campaign staff." In April 1972, Steinem remarked that he "still doesn't understand the Women's Movement". McGovern ultimately excised the abortion issue from the party's platform, and recent publications show McGovern was deeply conflicted on the issue. Steinem later wrote this description of the events: However, Germaine Greer flatly contradicted Steinem's account, reporting, "Jacqui Ceballos called from the crowd to demand abortion rights on the Democratic platform, but Bella Abzug and Gloria stared glassily out into the room," thus killing the abortion rights platform," and asking "Why had Bella and Gloria not helped Jacqui to nail him on abortion? What reticence, what loserism had afflicted them?" Steinem later recalled that the 1972 Convention was the only time Greer and Steinem ever met.
    In 1968, Steinem signed the "War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    This was attacked, however, from critics saying that white women were given the vote unabridged in 1920, whereas many blacks, female or male, could not vote until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and some were lynched for trying, and that many white women advanced in the business and political worlds before black women and men.
    More Details Hide Details Steinem again drew attention for, according to the New York Observer, seeming "to denigrate the importance of John McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam"; Steinem's broader argument "was that the media and the political world are too admiring of militarism in all its guises." Following McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Steinem penned an op-ed in which she labeled Palin an "unqualified woman" who "opposes everything most other women want and need," described her nomination speech as "divisive and deceptive", called for a more inclusive Republican Party, and concluded that Palin resembled "Phyllis Schlafly, only younger." In an HBO interview with Bill Maher, Steinem, when asked to explain the broad support for Bernie Sanders among young Democratic women, responded, "When you’re young, you’re thinking, 'Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.'" Her comments triggered widespread criticism, and Steinem later issued an apology and said her comments had been "misinterpreted".
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In 1969, she covered an abortion speak-out for New York Magazine, which was held in a church basement in Greenwich, New York. Steinem had had an abortion herself in London at the age of 22. She felt what she called a "big click" at the speak-out, and later said she didn't "begin my life as an active feminist" until that day. As she recalled, "It abortion is supposed to make us a bad person. But I must say, I never felt that. I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! I think the person who said: 'Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament' was right. Speaking for myself, I knew it was the first time I had taken responsibility for my own life. I wasn't going to let things happen to me. I was going to direct my life, and therefore it felt positive. But still, I didn't tell anyone. Because I knew that out there it wasn't positive." She also said, "In later years, if I'm remembered at all it will be for inventing a phrase like 'reproductive freedom'... as a phrase it includes the freedom to have children or not to. So it makes it possible for us to make a coalition." In 1972, she co-founded the feminist-themed magazine Ms. with Dorothy Pitman Hughes; it began as a special edition of New York, and Clay Felker funded the first issue.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 29
    In the interim, she conducted a 1964 interview with John Lennon for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  • 1963
    Age 28
    The article, published in 1963 as "A Bunny's Tale", featured a photo of Steinem in Bunny uniform and detailed how women were treated at those clubs.
    More Details Hide Details Steinem has maintained that she is proud of the work she did publicizing the exploitative working conditions of the bunnies and especially the sexual demands made of them, which skirted the edge of the law. However, for a brief period after the article was published, Steinem was unable to land other assignments; in her words, this was "because I had now become a Bunny – and it didn't matter why." Steinem eventually landed a job at Felker's newly founded New York magazine in 1968.
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 25
    In 1960, she was hired by Warren Publishing as the first employee of Help! magazine.
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  • 1959
    Age 24
    She worked to send non-Communist American students to the 1959 World Youth Festival.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 17
    Steinem's involvement in presidential campaigns stretches back to her support of Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details A proponent of civil rights and fierce critic of the Vietnam War, Steinem was initially drawn to Senator Eugene McCarthy because of his "admirable record" on those issues, but in meeting him and hearing him speak, she found him "cautious, uninspired, and dry." As the campaign progressed, Steinem became baffled at "personally vicious" attacks that McCarthy leveled against his primary opponent Robert Kennedy, even as "his real opponent, Hubert Humphrey, went free."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Age 9
    Steinem was ten years old when her parents finally separated in 1944.
    More Details Hide Details Her father went to California to find work, while she and her mother continued to live together in Toledo. While her parents divorced as a result of her mother's illness, Steinem did not attribute it to a result of chauvinism on the father's part, and she claims to have "understood and never blamed him for the breakup." Nevertheless, the impact of these events had a formative effect on her personality: while her father, a traveling salesman, had never provided much financial stability to the family, his exit aggravated their situation. Steinem concluded that her mother's inability to hold on to a job was evidence of general hostility towards working women. She also concluded that the general apathy of doctors towards her mother emerged from a similar anti-woman animus. Years later, Steinem described her mother's experiences as having been pivotal to her understanding of social injustices. These perspectives convinced Steinem that women lacked social and political equality.
  • 1934
    Born
    Steinem was born on March 25, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Ruth (née Nuneviller) and Leo Steinem.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother was a Presbyterian of mostly German (including Prussian), and some Scottish, descent. Her father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Württemberg, Germany and Radziejów, Poland. Her paternal grandmother, Pauline Perlmutter Steinem, was chairwoman of the educational committee of the National Woman Suffrage Association, a delegate to the 1908 International Council of Women, and the first woman to be elected to the Toledo Board of Education, as well as a leader in the movement for vocational education. Pauline also rescued many members of her family from the Holocaust. The Steinems lived and traveled about in the trailer from which Leo carried out his trade as a traveling antiques dealer. Before Steinem was born, her mother Ruth, then aged 34, had a "nervous breakdown" that left her an invalid, trapped in delusional fantasies that occasionally turned violent. She changed "from an energetic, fun-loving, book-loving" woman into "someone who was afraid to be alone, who could not hang on to reality long enough to hold a job, and who could rarely concentrate enough to read a book." Ruth spent long periods in and out of sanatoriums for the mentally ill.
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