“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off”- Gloria Steinem
So this is an obvious one, Gloria Steinem has done more to advance feminist issues in the 85 years of her amazing life than just about anyone else, and she is an icon for good reason. I had the privilige of meeting her once at a Women’s Convention in Ann Arbor and it was not just her speaking which left a profound effect on me— I was at the reception given in her honor after the talk, where some woman came up to her and monopolized her for a good twenty minutes. This woman was droning on and on about acheiving a work-life balance as if Gloria Steinem were her personal therapist, and the whole time she patiently listened to this woman without once trying to get away. It seems like she really means all that stuff she says about caring about all women, even the really boring and annoying ones!
Gloria Steinem became a household name in 1963 when she wrote an expose of the famous Playboy bunny club (there is a funny drunk history about this with Abbi from Broad City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Lgi4pNok, ) although doing this story led to her being stereotyped and blackballed from serious journalism. Her accomplishments are too long to list, but she went from a chaotic childhood to helping define the feminist movements of the 1960s and 70s. She champions for women’s equal rights, long embracing rights for minority and multi-cultural women, and has been unwavering in suport for all women, minorities and the LGBTQ community throughout her entire life. She has won numerous awards, helped to found MS and New York magazines, written best seller books and countless respected articles, produced and narrated an Emmy-award winning documentary and an Emmy-nominated tv series and is going to be the subject of a movie adaptation of her autobiography coming out next year, to highlight a few of her many accomplishments.
She is still relevant, clever and witty and here are some of her tradmark quotes:
” We need to remember across generations that ther is as much to learn as there is to teach.”
“I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combing marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.”
“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.”
“Far too many people are looking for the right person instead of trying to be the right person.”