"The future depends entirely on
what each of us does everyday."
Gloria Steinem has been a voice for the rights of women when women had no voice. She has courageously battled fear and stereotype to help women everywhere become the vibrant, powerful force that women are in the 21st Century. Gloria Steinem became known in the 70s as a journalist who came to national attention for her political writing. She came to be identified as a feminist activist after covering a speak-out for abortion rights for her column in New York Magazine. She founded Ms. magazine soon after and has since helped found several organizations that work for women's equality. She is a warrior for women's rights and for equality for all. Influenced by the activism of Mohandas Gandhi during a two-year fellowship in India after college, Steinem has used her influence to empower women and criticize policies and politicians that refuse to acknowledge or embrace equality between the sexes. It was during her years in India that she first became aware of gender and racial caste systems. In 1972, the year Steinem launched the groundbreaking Ms. magazine, 10 percent of doctors and 4 percent of lawyers were women. Today, women account for 30 percent in each profession.
Steinem was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, which supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls. Steinem and the foundation also created Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution around the world. She also helped to found the Women's Action Alliance, National Women's Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, and Choice USA. She has also served on the board of trustees of Smith College and on many boards of other nonprofit organizations.
She helped found New York Magazine and has been published in Esquire and The New York Times Magazine among others. She has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO, a feature film and been the subject of profiles on Lifetime and Showtime. The author of numerous articles and commentaries, Steinem has written several best-selling books
including: Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words and Marilyn: Norma Jean, an examination of the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Steinem has not slowed down but rather has adhered to her own observation that "women get more radical with age." She recently co-founded the Women's Media Center, which works to ensure women have equal opportunities in the media as sources, subjects and professionals. She lectures frequently on college campuses across the nation and continues to inspire.
She is currently at work on Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her more than 30 years on the road as a feminist organizer. Her most recent
work and interests have been focused on sex trafficking and indigenous rights. Steinem has won countless awards for her writing and activism, such as Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, National Magazine awards, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty Award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations, and a number of honorary degrees. She has also been the subject of a biography by Carolyn Heilbrun. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
Courage, wisdom and strength are the hallmarks of Minerva. She is a warrior and a force to be reckoned with. Gloria Steinem embodies all of those qualities and more. Her efforts have been the cornerstone of the womenís movement. She has battled for the rights of women all over the world. Women everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to her for leading the way and most importantly, never giving up the fight.
Gloria has been most inspired by the lives of other women like Alice Walker, Wilma Mankiller, and Bella Abzug.