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February 18, 2008

Author and Feminist Activist Gloria Steinem to Speak March 4

Lecture is part of the Marquis de Lafayette’s 250th Celebration

Writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist Gloria Steinem will speak at 8 p.m. March 4, in Colton Chapel as part of the College’s yearlong celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette.

The lecture is part of the celebration’s Lives of Liberty series. The final Lives of Liberty speaker will be Salman Rushdie on April 3.

Steinem’s lecture, “The Longest Revolution: Social Movements and Women’s Rights,” will reflect on her involvement in the social movements of the past four decades to discuss the politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues.

In 1972, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, where she remained one of its editors for fifteen years and continues to serve as a consulting editor. In 1968, she helped found New York magazine and served as a political columnist and wrote feature articles.

She helped found the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level.

For her writing, Steinem has received the Front Page and Clarion awards, National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations.

She also received the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations, and a number of honorary degrees. In 1995, Parenting magazine selected her for its Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in promoting girls’ self-esteem, and Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Her books include the bestsellers Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983), Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe (1986), Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem (1992), and Moving Beyond Words (1994).

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