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Overview (2)

Born in Toledo, Ohio, USA
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gloria Steinem was born on March 25, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Gloria: In Her Own Words (2011), Miss Representation (2011) and Year of the Woman (1973). She was previously married to David Bale.

Spouse (1)

David Bale (3 September 2000 - 30 December 2003) (his death)

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Feminist Leader

Trivia (13)

Founder of Ms. Magazine, a feminist publication.
Attended Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio and Western High School in Washington, D.C., graduating from the latter.
Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
She became the stepmother of actor Christian Bale, Sharon Bale, Erin Bale and Louise Bale, when she married their father, David Bale, in September 2000.
Was a Playboy bunny as part of a famous undercover investigative report on work conditions for the women working in that role.
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. [1993]
When the movie The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) was released, Steinem, along with other feminist activists, held a press conference to protest the film for not covering sex-abuse allegations made by one of Flynt's daughters. In her press conference, she compared pornography's effect on women to the Holocaust's effect on Jews during WWII, and stated that making a film that was sympathetic to a man like Larry Flynt was comparable to making a film that was sympathetic to Adolf Hitler.
Told ABC's John Stossel in 1995 that women make better firefighters because of their lack of upper body strength, reasoning that dragging victims out of burning buildings keeps them away from the smoke.
Is honorary chairperson of Democratic Socialists of America.
Was an employee of James Warren, a magazine publisher most noted for Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. [2013]
Awarded the Century Award from the New York Women's Foundation. [2014]
Graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts (class of 1956). Other Smith graduates include former First Lady Nancy Reagan, poet Sylvia Plath, U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin and writer Madeleine L'Engle, author of "A Wrinkle in Time".

Personal Quotes (19)

The truth will set you free...but first it will piss you off.
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle
We badly need to raise our boys more like our girls.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreamin, after all, is a form of planning.
A woman reading Playboy is like a Jew reading Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Men should think twice before making widowhood woman's only path to power.
[on self-respect] Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.
[on sexual politics] The Golden Rule works for men as written, but for women it should go the other way around. We need to do unto ourselves as we do unto others.
[on childhood] When pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain.
[on change] The moment we find the reason behind an emotion...the wall we have built is breached, and the positive memories it has kept from us return, too. That's why it pays to ask those painful questions. The answers can set you free.
[From an interview, 2011] This generation of young women is actually more feminist than we ever were. If you look at the public opinion polls, they're actually much more supportive of all the issues of equality. And my question to the young woman who is dressing as you describe ['a hooker'] is: Is she doing it because she wants to? Is she body-proud? Because then I can say, great. Is she doing it because she feels she has to? That she won't be popular otherwise? Then, it's wrong.
Politics is just unequal power. Who does the dishes is political. In the politics of commerciality, if you want to put it that way, the way women's bodies are looked at, we're supposed to be ornaments not instruments.
[To the question of where [feminist activism] will go from here] If you look at any social movement - if you think of the suffragists, abolitionists and other movements - they had to last about a hundred years to be really absorbed into a culture. So I don't know how to break it to you, but we have, like, 60 years to go.
We have to be careful not to have terminal gratitude, as I think of it. We need to be always looking forward. Nothing in inexorable. Nothing. It depends on what you do and I do every day, all of us here, every day. It depends on the language we use with each other. It depends on whether we tell each other our salaries, to find out who's not getting paid. All these movements are inextricably connected.
[on children] It's clear that most children suffer too much mother and too little father.
Listen, honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
I'm completely happy not having children. I mean, everybody does not have to live in the same way. And as somebody said, "Everybody with a womb doesn't have to have a child any more than everybody with vocal chords has to be an opera singer.".
If you poured water on a great poem, you would get a novel.
[on Donald J. Trump] I've noticed that when people are asked why they support him, they say it's because he's a successful businessman and therefore could run the country. Actually, he is not a successful businessman, he is a successful con man.

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