Gloria Steinem

Today (March 25, 2018) is Gloria Steinem’s 84th birthday. Since the late 1960s, she has been a driving force in the feminist movement. She started her career as a journalist, and gained early fame when she wrote a 1963 exposé entitled “A Bunny’s Tale” after working undercover as a Playboy bunny. The article detailed the exploitive working conditions for Playboy bunnies. (See this link for a look back at that groundbreaking article.) Then, in 1968, she was a founding editor and political columnist for New York Magazine. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine and remained an editor for many years. She has published many books and articles on topics related to sex, gender roles, race, indigenous peoples, non-violent conflict resolution, and organizing for peace and justice. She is a frequent speaker on these topics as well. She has founded numerous nonprofit organizations, including the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is the founding president of Ms. Foundation for Women, an organization that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls. The Ms. Foundation developed Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the groundbreaking program that encourages parents to take their daughters to work with them and, in so doing, exposes girls to careers and also enables them to have a better understanding of the world of work. She has faced harsh criticism from people on both ends of the political spectrum, but has continued her work undaunted, and in so doing has inspired several generations of women and me to continue to advocate for equality, justice, and fairness. She once stated, “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people, moving.”

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