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Columbia Welcomes Gloria Steinem

Iconic activist and author Gloria Steinem lectured to a standing-room-only crowd on February 7 during the second of the three-event Conversations in the Arts series on the Columbia College Chicago campus. This season, the featured speakers are innovators who have shaped trends and topics in disciplines taught through the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Steinem spoke about a variety of topical issues from the recent overturning of California's Proposition 8 to the problem of rising student debt. She also, naturally, addressed women’s rights: “We’ve proven that women can do what men can do. Now we need to prove that men can do what women can do.”

Earlier in the day, Steinem also spoke to a campus student feminist organization. In that discussion she noted that it took a century for “real racial equality” in the United States, so full sexual equality may still be 50 years away.
As an activist, Steinem is a pioneer and a specialist on inequality issues and gender roles. She helped to found and co-found the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Media Center, the Ms. Foundation for Women and “Take Our Daughters to Work Day.”

Steinem is an accomplished writer and editor, founding New York Magazine in 1968 and co-founding Ms. Magazine in 1972, where she remained an editor for 15 years. Her books include “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Moving Beyond Words,” and “Marilyn: Norma Jean.”

Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America and she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993. Currently living in New York City, Steinem is at work on “Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered,” a book about her thirty plus years on the road as a feminist organizer.

Media coverage of the event includes segments by CBS2 and ABC7 Chicago.

Photo credit: Brian Kinyon Photography