Gloria Steinem is an American feminist, journalist and a spokeswoman
for women's rights. She is the founder and original publisher
Gloria Marie Steinem was born in Toledo, Ohio. Her Jewish-American
father, Leo Steinem, was an antiques salesman, and her mother,
Ruth, was of part German descent. With his family in tow, Leo
Steinem traveled in a trailer all around the United States, buying
and selling. The family split in 1944, and he left to go to California
so that he could find work and Gloria went to live with her mother
in Toledo. As a child in Toledo, she cared for her ill mother
and helped to support the family.
and early career
In 1952 Steinem entered Smith College as a scholarship winner.
She majored in government studies and became politically active,
working for Adlai Stevenson's campaign. She was elected to Phi
Beta Kappa Society, the oldest honour society in the United States,
1956. She graduated in 1956 and left to study in India for two
years. When she returned to the U.S., she was unable to find a
job as a journalist because editors wanted male reporters. After
two years she landed a job as an assistant editor of Help! and
also freelanced for other magazines. In 1963 she became a full-time
freelance writer through the publication of her infamous undercover
article, "A Bunny's Tale: Show's 'First Exposé for
awakening and activism
After a series of celebrity interviews, Steinem was eventually
able to get a political assignment covering George McGovern's
1972 presidential campaign. This led to a position in a New York
magazine. She also became politically active in the feminist movement.
The media seemed to appoint Gloria as a feminist leader. In this
role, Steinem brought other notable feminists to the foreground.
During this time she toured the country with lawyer Florynce Rae
("Flo") Kennedy. In 1971 Steinem was one of the founders
of the National Women's Political Caucus, and founded the Women's
Action Alliance. In 1972 she founded the feminist magazine Ms.
and wrote for the magazine until it was sold in 1987. The magazine
was bought by the Feminist Majority Foundation in 2001, which
continues to publish the magazine today. Steinem remains on the
Masthead as one of six founding editors, and is also on the advisory
controversially decided to exclude male students from some of
her lectures on feminism, a decision met with some student criticism.
1974 Steinem founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women. In 1977
she participated in the National Conference of Women in Houston,
1991 when Ms. magazine revived, she became its consulting editor.
In 1993 she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Steinem had to deal with health and personal
setbacks. In 1986 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 1994,
she contracted trigeminal neuralgia.
became a newlywed at an age when most people start retirement
— on September 3, 2000 she married David Bale, father of
actor Christian Bale. However, they were married for only three
years before he died of brain lymphoma on December 30, 2003 at
2005, Steinem appeared in the documentary film, I Had an Abortion,
by Jennifer Baumgardner and Gillian Aldrich. In the film, Steinem
described the abortion that she had as a young adult in London,
where she lived briefly before studying in India.
is a member of Democratic Socialists of America, and an Advisory
Board member of Women's Voices. Women Vote.
singer/songwriter David Usher penned a song entitled Love With
Save The Day, that included sound bytes from Steinem speeches.
The opening of song contains "It really is a a revolution"
and near the end, the song breaks for her to speak "We are
talking about a society in which there will be no roles other
than those chosen or those earned, we are really talking about