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Gloria Steinem

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"Law and Justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step towards changing it."-GS
"...there were not words for sexually harassment. It was called life." -GS
“In the 1950’s, once you were married you became what your husband was, so it seemed like the last choice you have ever had…
I had already been the very small parent of a very big child-my mother. I did not want to end up taking care of someone else.” -GS
Early Age
"A Bunny's Tale" to
New York
Born: March 25, 1934
Toledo, Ohio
"Gypsy-like" Family
Mothers "break down"
Parents Divorced
Caretaker for 6 years
Smith College, Government
2 year Fellowship in India
New York: Freelance Writer
1963 expose, "A Bunny's Tale."
Controversial Uproar
Established Creator of
New York
Public and Governmental Topics
Attended an abortion hearing--"Redstockings"
Derived her passion of FEMINISM
"Bra Burners" & "Women's Liberation" in Media
Rallies & Protests
December 1971, One-time column in the New York Magazine devoted to women's issues
"Ms.", sold out in 8 days

“…the great tribute to the success was the degree of back lash against it.”
Writer & Activist
Thursday, June 8, 2014
What is

"A woman without a man is like a fish with out a bicycle." -GS
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” -GS

Ms. Magazine
1. the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
2. organized activity on behalf
of women's rights and interests.
January 1972, "Ms" became an independent issue
Steinem and other co-founder editor, Letty Cottin, became to address women issues that forever had been silenced.
July 1972, launched preview,
Housewives Moment of Truth"

Sold out in 3 days
Media Frenzy
Network anchor Harry Reasoner said,
“I’ll give it six months before they run out of things to say.”

1st US Magazine to make feminist issues audible
Abortion, Sexual Harassment, Bodies Issues, Equal Pay,
Genital Mutilation, Pornography, Same Sex Marriage, etc...
It went 10 years with out any funding from advertisers:
Revlon--models with no make-up
Clairol--said hair dye was toxic
Celebrated its 40 year Anniversary in 2012
Gloria is still an Establishing Editor and on Committee Board
Who is Gloria Steinem?
"Happy or Unhappy, families are all mysterious."
"The only alternative to being a feminist is a being a masochist."-GS
Author, Awards & Life
Best Selling Author
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
Collection of essays
Marilyn: Norma Jean
how American made her an Icon
helped Ms. out of debt
Revolution from Within
Numerous Awards (over 22)
2013, Obama granted her the "Medal of Freedom"
Started over 16 Organizations that are still around today
Biographies (2), and HBO Special:
In Her Own Words
Set Backs...
1986, diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Married to David Bale in 2003, died of Brain Cancer 2003
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