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Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem was born on March 25, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio. When Gloria was a child, her mother suffered a nervous breakdown and struggled with mental illness the rest of her life. Gloria's father was a Jewish immigrant from Germany who traveled with his family often due to his job as an antiques dealer.

Gloria Steinem

In 1944, Gloria's parents divorced as the result of her mother's mental illness and Gloria often had to look after her mother for most of her childhood and adolescent years. After graduating from Smith College in 1956, she worked as a fellow in India, where she wrote for Indian publications and was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's ideas of peaceful resistance to unjust political authority.

Upon returning to America in the early 1960s, she started her freelance writing career and her essays appeared in Time, New York and Esquire magazines. One essay in particular, After Black Power, Women's Liberation, helped put her at the forefront of feminist activism and in 1970, she led a New York City march with Betty Friedan and other women called Women's Strike for Equality. She also partnered with the National Organization for Women, a group Betty Friedan founded.

In 1972, Gloria Steinem's crowning achievement occurred when she founded Ms. Magazine, and within three days of the printing of its' first issue, 300,000 copies were sold. The magazine dealt with the feminist-related issues of the era and had become very popular among many American women who sought an outlet where their concerns could be heard on a national level. Gloria later sold the magazine in 1987.

Gloria Steinem founded the Women's Action Alliance, which was an organization that provided nonsexist and multicultural children's education. She also co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, a group that sought to raise the awareness of the need for gender equality in areas of politics, business, education and in the workforce.

Gloria Steinem has been a longtime abortion rights activist and she founded the pro-choice group Voters for Choice and also partnered with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She currently sits on the board of Choice USA, and the purpose of this group is to advocate for comprehensive sex education in the schools across America.

Gloria Steinem is also the founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a multiracial organization which gives funds for special projects which supports the awareness of the need for gender equality. Finally, in 1993 Gloria Steinem was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame.

There is a secret you don't know …

Besides the factual Gloria Steinem biography presented above there is a secret that she has just now come to terms with. And that secret is that Gloria Steinem once unwittingly gave money to a monkey fight club.


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