Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Gloria Steinem

" We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned; we are really talking about humanism."

Gloria Marie Steinem was born in Toledo, Ohio.As a child in Toledo, she cared for her ill mother and helped support the family. Steinem entered Smith College on scholarship in 1952, majoring in government studies and becoming politically active in Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society (the oldest honour society in the United States) in 1956, the year she graduated. Steinem then studied in India for two years, after which she returned to America and had difficulty finding a journalist position because males had hiring preference. In 1960, she became assistant editor of Help! magazine and a freelance writer, and in 1963, started freelancing full-time with the publication of her infamous undercover article, A Bunny's Tale: "Show's" First Exposé for Intelligent People.

After conducting a series of celebrity interviews, Steinem eventually got a political assignment covering George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, which led to a position in a New York magazine. She became politically active in the feminist movement, and the media seemed to appoint Steinem as a feminist leader of sorts. Steinem brought other notable feminists to the fore and toured the country with lawyer Florynce Rae ("Flo") Kennedy, and in 1971, cofounded the National Women's Political Caucus as well as the Women's Action Alliance. In 1972, she started the feminist magazine Ms. and wrote for the magazine until it was sold in 1987. The magazine was bought by the Feminist Majority Foundation in 2001, and Steinem remains on the masthead as one of six founding editors and serves on the advisory board.

Steinem founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women 1974, and participated in the National Conference of Women in Houston, Texas in 1977. She became Ms. magazine's consulting editor when it was revived in 1991, and she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinheim promoting their radio company: Woman's Neighbor's Network in Comedy Central's The Colbert Report as they were making apple pie. Fonda even kissed Colbert (cause he had a kiss the cook apron).


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