Steinem is feminism’s voice

Editor’s note: This is another in a series of stories on important women in American history, in celebration of March as National Women’s History Month. Information was provided by members of the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women. For more information, or to inquire about joining the committee, call Pat Hunter-Williams, 639-0888, or the Office of the Mayor, 241-6300.

As a dynamic lecturer and writer, Gloria Steinem’s name has become synonymous with the contemporary women’s movement.

She began her career as a political-issues journalist, and was among the first to point out discrimination against women, so much a part of public life that it often went unrecognized.

As the women’s movement grew in the late 1960s, Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, the first mainstream feminist publication.

She also helped organize the National Women’s Political Caucus, and works to increase women’s political power.

A modern-day role model for middle-aged women herself, Steinem says, “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”

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