7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2004
A devoted activist and writer, Gloria Steinem is undeniably one of the most important voices of the modern feminist movement. Though she is best known as the co-founder of Ms. magazine, Steinem’s name is synonymous with the advancement of women’s social equality in America and throughout the world. As Ms. magazine became a symbol of the women’s rights movement, she established the Ms. Foundation for Women, devoted to helping the lives of women and girls in the areas of economic security, leadership, and health and safety. She was a convener of the historic 1971 Women’s Political Caucus, supported the founding of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and is president of Voters for Choice. In her speeches, Steinem reflects on the social movements of the past four decades, and she addresses how we can foster a national spirit of cooperation to continue the advancement of the rights of all citizens, especially our children.