Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other counties as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.
Her most recent book My life on the Road is just out in paperback. Her previous books include Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life or Marilyn Monroe, and in India, As If Women Matter.
As a free-lance journalist, her work was published in Esquire Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and women’s magazines. She helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist. She also founded Ms. Magazine in 1972.
She helped found numerous feminist organizations, including The National Women’s Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is currently working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, her alma mater, documenting the grassroots origins of the U.S. women’s movement and on creating a Center for Organizers. Rutgers University is now creating the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, Culture, and Feminist Studies.
She has been the subject of three television documentaries, including HBO’s Gloria: In Her Own Words, and she is among the subject of the 2013 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.
Among her many awards is the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, which President Obama awarded her in 2013.
Excerpt from My Life on the Road:
"When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts."