Gloria Steinem is a journalist, lecturer, activist and nationally recognized champion of women’s rights since the late 1960s. She helped found both New York magazine, where she was a political columnist, and the seminal feminist magazine, Ms. Among her areas of focus are sex, race, child abuse and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls, and also a founder of its Take Our Daughters to Work Day, a first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution here and in other countries. She was a member of the Beyond Racism Initiative, a three-year effort on the part of activists and experts from South Africa, Brazil and the United States to compare the racial patterns of those three countries and to learn cross-nationally.
Gloria has been the subject of three television documentaries, including HBO’s Gloria: In Her Own Words, and she is among the subjects of the 2013 PBS documentary MAKERS, a continuing project to record the women who made America. She was the subject of The Education of a Woman, a biography written by Carolyn Heilbrun. Her books include Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions and Moving Beyond Words. Her latest book, My Life on the Road, explores her 30 years as a feminist organizer.