Though equality and gender issues have become a very popular issue in today’s world, most have not familiarized themselves with the history of these issues and the determination from so many individuals that made today’s conversations possible.
Gloria Steinem is nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for feminism and has been since spearheading the American feminist movement in the late 1960s. As a journalist for The New York Times magazine, Steinem used the platform to dictate change. In 1969, she published an article entitled “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” which brought national attention and cemented her role as a feminist leader.
Later on, Steinem founded Ms. magazine, a feminist theme magazine which would receive 26,000 subscription orders within weeks of its first issue. Not stopping there, Steinem would later help co-found Choice USA, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and provides support to a younger generation that lobbies for reproductive choice.
For such a hotbed issue, it is imperative that we not forget the past nor discount the accomplishments and progress that has been made in regard to Women’s Rights and empowerment. Women like Gloria Steinem paved the way for a more inclusive society today. While there is still progress yet to be made, Steinem will forever be honored and exalted for her efforts in bringing awareness and attention to inequality when the world needed it more than ever.