A writer, lecturer, editor, social activist, and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem has been tirelessly fighting for gender equality for more than 50 years. Her work as a feminist leader and activist has only grown since her days as a co-founder of Ms. Magazine that has served as something of a feminist bible. She is one of the century’s greatest agents of social change. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Gloria Steinem: Meet The Iconic Figure Behind Feminist Movement

What Makes Her So Special

Gloria Steinem was born March 25, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. After graduation from Smith College she spent two years in India writing for Indian publications. She became a freelance and, influenced by Gandhian activism, grew more and more engaged in the women’s movement.

Ms. Steinem had worked with Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and women’s magazines. However, it was her 1969 article “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” that made her famous feminist leader and activist. She has spoken out against female genital mutilation and pornography, and in favor of same-sex marriage and reproductive freedom.

Moreover, Gloria Steinem helped create both New York and Ms. magazines and co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus that worked on behalf of women’s issues. She is the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls.Gloria Steinem: Meet The Iconic Figure Behind Feminist Movement

In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce and narrate an Emmy Award winning TV documentary for HBO, “Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories.” As a writer and an activist, Ms. Steinem has received plenty awards. In 2013, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America.

Furthermore, she is passionately co-running a series of organizations such as the Women’s Media Centre, which campaigns for more women in the industry, and Donor Direct Action, which connects front-line women activists to funding. Gloria Steinem is also an author of numerous books and essays such as “My Life on the Road” and “Revolution from Within”.

Gloria Steinem: Meet The Iconic Figure Behind Feminist Movement

On abortion

Just recently, Trump has reinstated the global gag rule that blocks federal funding for health organizations that provide abortion counseling or referrals. Even though Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush had signed the bill too, Trump’s gag rule is more extensive and affects more medical programs, making it much more lethal. “It is tragic and outrageous and morally wrong. It could not possibly be more destructive,” says Ms. Steinem.

If you outlaw abortion or make it financially unavailable, it doesn’t reduce the number of women who need abortions – which, in this country, is about one in three – it just increases the number of women who are injured and die from forced pregnancies and births.

Gloria Steinem: Meet The Iconic Figure Behind Feminist Movement

Women’s March

In January this year, Gloria Steinem was a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, which turned into a global protest for gender equality. Five million women of all ages, races and nationalities came together to protest for their rights. They marched on the same day in 673 locations across the globe.

In Washington, D.C., where the idea originated, a crowd of one million women took to the streets. In Gloria’s words the march “was full of humor and laughs and slogans and wonderfully innovative posters.”

Now it’s a majority movement, which is new and that’s very different — that we could have the biggest march this nation has ever seen. Ever. And a march with men.

WOMAN

Gloria Steinem is also the host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated VICELAND TV series, WOMAN. This eight-part documentary, dedicated to investigating gender equality around the globe, debuted on March 8 (International Women’s Day).

In each episode, various female journalists travel to the part of the world where women are facing threat. For instance, the first episode tells the stories of women fighting in FARC, a violent guerrilla army in Colombia. The next ones investigate the cases of young mothers imprisoned in the U.S. and femicide in El Salvador.

The aim of the project is to tell human stories in the most intimate way possible. “Our brains are organized on narrative, we’ve been sitting around campfires for thousands of years. We don’t respond to statistics or generalities, we respond to personal contact, so we looked at ways of giving the viewer the same experience they would have if they were in that country,” says Gloria Steinem.

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