Gloria Steinem, is an American feminist journalist and writer, credited with founding the first women’s magazine “Ms.” in 1972. She is known for being a powerful spokesperson for the feminist movement in New York in the 1970s.
Her famous quote was, “It takes work to make women visible and powerful in social media.” There are several obstacles that women would have to overcome to come out as successful as men. Negotiation and articulation of speech are the skill sets that she advocates for young women.
Her first issue of the magazine displays the picture of a woman doing multiple things as managing different tasks. She worked on issues advocating women’s equality.
Steinem, who grew up reading Wonder Woman comics, was also a key player in the restoration of Wonder Woman’s powers and traditional costume in the comic book series.
In 1969, Steinem, published an article called “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” which brought her to national fame as a feminist leader. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, testifying before the Senate Judiciary committee in its favor in 1970. Her essay “What it Would be Like If Women Win” was published in Time Magazine in 1970.
In 1977, She became the advocate for Women’s Institute of Freedom of the Press (WFIP) that connects the communication of women with the media.
In 1979, Steinem’s article in Ms. Magazine, “The International Crime of Female Genital Mutilation,” brought the topic to the forefront of American public consciousness. Read FGM for more information.
In 1992, she co-founded the “Choice USA” a non-profit organization that mobilizes and provides ongoing support to a younger generation that lobbies for reproductive choice.
In 2015, she advocated disarmament and unification in Korea as part of a 15-member women group by means of her publication “Mairead Maguire.”
She is also the chair of the advisory board of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an organization fighting sex trafficking and inter-generational prostitution in India, founded by Ruchira Gupta.
She advocated that future families will be a blend of different combinations, and advocated the concept of same sex marriages.
Juggling multiple roles at the same time, women leaders rise and make things happen.
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— written by Priya Shastri, VP of Memberships at Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters