Updated: Mar 31, 2020
"A Feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men".
- Gloria Steinhem.
Today is Gloria Steinem's 86th birthday. Born in Toledo Ohio in 1934 , Ms. Steinhem graduated from Smith College in Massachussetts, studying government, unusual for a woman at that time. After graduating Magna Cum Laude she lived and worked in India for two years on a fellowship, and upon returning to the U.S., she went on to become a journalist, author, activitist. To this day she remains outspoken about women's rights and human rights. She is a long time resident of Manhattan, and has lived at the same address on the Upper East Side for 50 years.
Ms. Steinem's major accomplishments are summarized well on her website, gloriasteinhem.com.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She was a founder of New York and Ms. magazines, and is the author of My Life on the Road, Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within, and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, all published in the United States, and in India, As If Women Matter. She co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, and the Women’s Media Center in the United States. As links to other countries, she helped found Equality Now, Donor Direct Action, and Direct Impact Africa. For her writing, Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce an Emmy Award–winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. She and Amy Richards co-produced a series of eight documentaries on violence against women around the world for VICELAND in 2016.In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2019, she received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.
In addition, back in 1976, under Ms. Steinem's direction, Ms. Magazine tackled important topics, including domestic violence. Back in 1963 she famously went undercover working as a Playboy Bunny and then wrote a 2-part expose published in Show Magazine. It was made in to a TV movie in 1985 starring Kirstie Alley.