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Gloria Steinem is an American feminist icon, journalist, and women’s rights advocate. She is the founder and original publisher of Ms. magazine.
Her writing career began in 1960 when she became assistant editor of Help! magazine and a freelance writer, and in 1963, started freelancing full-time with the publication of her controversial undercover article, “A Bunny’s Tale: ‘Show’s‘ First Exposé for Intelligent People. Also in the mid-‘60s she was a contributor to NBC-TV’s groundbreaking satirical program, That Was the Week That Was, where she wrote a recurring segment called “Surrealism in Everyday Life.”
After conducting a series of celebrity interviews, Steinem eventually got a political assignment covering George McGovern’s presidential campaign, which led to a position in a New York magazine. She became politically active in the feminist movement, and the media seemed to appoint Steinem as a feminist leader of sorts. Steinem brought other notable feminists to the fore and toured the country with lawyer Florynce Rae (“Flo”) Kennedy, and in 1971, co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus as well as the Women’s Action Alliance. In 1972, she helped start the feminist Ms. magazine and wrote for the magazine until it was sold in 1987. The magazine was bought by the Feminist Majority Foundation in 2001, and Steinem remains on the masthead as one of six founding editors and serves on the advisory board.
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