Co-Founder, Ms. Foundation for Women
(aka “Founding Mother”)
GLORIA STEINEM is the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first and leading national women’s foundation that builds women’s and girls’ power to drive social change. She is also a founder of its Take Our Daughters to Work® Day, the first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution in the
Ms. Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in the
In 1972 she co-founded Ms. magazine and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms. and was instrumental in the magazine's recent move to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1986 she helped to found
Ms. Steinem’s 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. 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 was president and co-founder of Voters for Choice (VFC), 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 Choice USA, a national organization that supports young pro-choice leadership and works to preserve comprehensive sex education in schools.
Now, Ms. Steinem is working with the Sophia Smith Collection at
As a writer, Ms. Steinem has received the 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.
She also received the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by
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.
Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from
She has served on the board of trustees of
In the fall of 2000, she married, in a Cherokee ceremony, David Bale, a South African-born animal rights activist. They divided their time between his home in Southern California and her home in
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