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Activist Gloria Steinem Speaks at Berea College

Sept. 19: Writer, lecturer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem spoke at Berea College on Sept. 19, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Gray Auditorium in the Presser music building. Steinem led a dialog along with bell hooks, distinguished professor in residence in Appalachian studies.

Recognized as one of the founders of the modern women’s movement, Steinem led a discussion titled “Celebrating Sisterhood, a Feminist Dialog.”

She began her career as a writer and journalist in New York and became deeply involved in the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s. In 1968 she helped found New York Magazine where she was a political columnist. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained an editor for fifteen years. Her writings have been published in several national magazines, including Esquire and the New York Times Magazine. Parenting Magazine honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 for her work in promoting girls' self-esteem and Biography Magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America.

A frequent spokeswoman on issues of equality, Steinem has authored several best-selling books and has received the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her interests focus on the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, and peace and justice.

She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls, and also a founder of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, a first national day devoted to girls.

Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956 and later earned the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College. She has received the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Ceres Medal from the United Nations. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

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