Steinem, Gloria stīn´əm [key]
, 1934–, American journalist and feminist, b. Toledo, Ohio, grad. Smith College (B.A., 1956). Steinem gained prominence as a spokeswoman for women's rights in articles, lectures, and television appearances. She helped found the National Women's Political Caucus (1971), the Women's Action Alliance (1971), and the Coalition of Labor Union Women (1974). She was also the founding editor (1972) of Ms.,
a feminist magazine, remaining actively involved until its 1987 sale; she later was a consulting editor. Her books include Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
(1983), a biography of Marilyn Monroe
(1986), Revolution from Within
(1992), the essay collection Moving beyond Words
(1993), and a memoir of her experiences as a
traveling feminist, My Life on the Road
See biographies by S. Henry and E. Taitz (1987), C. G. Heilbrun (1995), and S. L. Stern (1997).
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