My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem's life on the road is about more than just travel. It was a lifetime of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution. In this talk based on her life and NYT Bestselling book, Steinem shares how, "The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts." Let Gloria Steinem take your audience on this heartfelt journey.
The Longest Revolution
Gloria Steinem reflects on her involvement in the social movements of the past five decades to discuss the politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues.
The Progression of Feminism: Where Are We Going?
Urging audiences to reconstruct their understanding of gender roles, Gloria Steinem addresses the central issue of how we can foster a national spirit of co-operation to continue the advancement of the rights of all citizens, especially our children.
Gloria Steinem's The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!
Feminist icon GLORIA STEINEM's book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!, is an empowering collection of her most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essay by the feminist activist herself. For decades—and especially now, in these times of crisis—people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Steinem’s gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem’s words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together. Covering topics from relationships (“Many are looking for the right person. Too few are trying to be the right person.”) to the patriarchy (“Men are liked better when they win. Women are liked better when they lose. This is how the patriarchy is enforced every day.”) and activism (“Revolutions, like trees, grow from the bottom up.”), this is the definitive collection of Steinem’s words on what matters most. At speaking engagements worldwide, audiences find Steinem's guidance both timeless and timely.
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Gloria Steinem makes headlines at the MAKERS Conference
Sought-out for the highly-influential MAKERS Conference, feminist icon GLORIA STEINEM delivered powerful insights about women's equality in the workplace and fighting against injustice. A global women's leadership event that brings together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance, the MAKERS Conference explores ways to accelerate the women's movement and make lasting change. Steinem's remarks garnered thunderous applause, and countless tweets of praise including: "Preach Gloria!" and "#MakersConference on now with Gloria @GloriaSteinem Informative and entertaining." While at the conference Steinem was sought-out for a Yahoo Finance interview, discussing the future of the #MeToo movement and change in the workforce with passion and her signature wit. One of the most visible symbols of the women's movement, Steinem continues to be an ever-present and sought-after speaker on all fronts of social activism. She's the subject of an upcoming biopic directed by legendary director Julia Taymor and starring Julianne Moore, based on Steinem's bestselling memoir My Life on the Road. As the Robert Toigo Foundation raved after a recent event: "Gloria was absolutely amazing. It was like an out of body experience to hear from her. Everyone was blown away."
Gloria Steinem shares lessons for the next generation
In a Vogue article entitled “Gloria Steinem’s Advice for the Next Generation of Feminists Is a Must-Read for Our Time” feminist icon GLORIA STEINEM shares her sharp advice (and wit) on women’s rights and the current political climate. Touching on everything from roll backs on health coverage to social justice movements, Steinem inspires the next generation to continue enacting positive change. Her optimism, words of empowerment and perspectives on global feminism were also the subject of articles in Quartz and The New York Times. A visionary of the Women’s Rights Movement, Steinem continues to be a vocal leader and is currently curating the Festival Albertine in France, aimed to inform and activate the next generation of feminists.
Gloria Steinem’s story hits the big screen
Feminist icon GLORIA STEINEM is to be the subject of a new biopic by legendary director Julie Taymor, best known for the Broadway version of “The Lion King.” The movie will focus on Steinem’s historic memoir, My Life on the Road, which was a New York Times bestseller and named by both O: The Oprah Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar as one of the “best books of the year.” From run-ins with literary greats in New York, to how she dealt with sexism, My Life On The Road explores Steinem’s formative years in becoming an activist, before she was a living legend of the women’s rights movement. As director Julie Taymor said: “When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film. It’s so vividly cinematic, with entertaining and complex characters and, like Gloria herself, also witty and provocative. From reluctant spokesperson to a beacon of positive change, hers is a singular journey — an American leader who can speak to us all.” News of the biopic instantly made headlines in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Deadline, Forward and more.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City and has just finished a book detailing her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer.
In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in the magazine’s move to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1968, she had helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. As a freelance writer, she was published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and women’s magazines as well as for publications in other countries. She has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO, a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime, and been the subject of profiles on Lifetime and Showtime.
Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and in India, As If Women Matter. Her writing also appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of Houghton Mifflin’s The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History.
Ms. Steinem helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level. She also co-founded theWomen’s Media Center in 2004. She was president and co-founder of Voters for Choice, a pro-choice political action committee for twenty-five years, then with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund when it merged with VFC for the 2004 elections. She was also co-founder and serves on the board of URGE, a national organization that supports young pro-choice leadership and works to preserve comprehensive sex education in schools. 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 its Take Our Daughters to Work Day, a first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution here and in other countries. She was a member of the Beyond Racism Initiative, a three-year effort on the part of activists and experts from South Africa, Brazil and the United States to compare the racial patterns of those three countries and to learn cross-nationally. She is currently working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College on documenting the grassroots origins of the U.S. women’s movement, and on a Center for Organizers in tribute to Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. As links to other countries, she helped found Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa.
As a writer, Ms. Steinem has received the James Weldon Johnson Award for Journalism, Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and most recently, the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. In 2015, Gloria received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for her lasting humanitarian contributions.
Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, and then spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship. She wrote for Indian publications, and was influenced by Gandhian activism. She also received the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College, the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations, and a number of honorary degrees. Parenting magazine selected her for 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. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. And in 2013, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. Rutgers University is now creating the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies.
In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce and narrate an Emmy Award winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. With Rosilyn Heller, she also co-produced an original 1993 TV movie for Lifetime, Better Off Dead, which examined the parallel forces that both oppose abortion and support the death penalty.
Gloria has been the subject of three television documentaries, including HBO’s Gloria: In Her Own Words, and she is among the subjects of the 2013 PBS documentary MAKERS, a continuing project to record the women who made America. She was the subject of The Education of a Woman, a biography written by Carolyn Heilbrun.