The Galvanizer Of The Women’s Liberation Movement: Gloria Steinem

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On the other hand, Ms. was fairly invested in health issues concerning women and strived to raise alertness of crucial health risks. Each May starting from 1983, they published a health issue called The Beauty of Health which included articles about new medical discoveries, fitness, and tips on staying healthy. Ms. reported that the leading cause of death for women aged 25-49 was car accidents— 50% of which had some kind of alcohol or drug involvement, that 17% of all women in the United States were depended on alcohol, that tobacco use could potentially cause breast and lung cancer, and that excessive smoking could result in early menopause, premature births, and other critical health ...view middle of the document...

Throughout the later years, Ms. continuously published articles about the issue raising awareness.
Steinem led a full-time job as a women’s rights’ advocate; not only did she write, but also supervised Ms. magazine, was the spokesperson of the movement, visited numerous colleges and universities, and co-founded several new women’s organizations and helped some that already existed. Professor Christine Stansell of the University of Chicago says, “Gloria Steinem is to women’s movement what Martin Luther King Jr. was to civil right- the galvanizer.” She co-founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women to give women more representation in the unions as well as fight gender discrimination at workplace. She was the first woman to speak at the National Press Club in Washington. She also co-founded a non-profit organization called Ms. Foundation in 1973 with other prominent figures of the time such as Patricia Carbine. The organization financially supported other women’s groups or projects that would empower women. In 1977, she and Belle Abzug created a new project: having conferences in every state and discuss women’s issues and how to change certain laws. President Jimmy Carter supported this notion and authorized a group of forty women, including Steinem to establish a commission for International Women’s Year. They held two-day conferences in every state as well as a national conference that was held in Houston, Texas which brought American women all over the country together— different races and socio-economic status. More than 1/3 of the women were reported to have been women of color which included Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas, Alaskans, and Blacks. Moreover, she co-founded Women Against Pornography, Voters for Choice, and Women’s Action Alliance.
Over the years, Steinem has received plenty of attention from the media and has been recognized for her contributions several times. She was titled Woman of the Year in 1972 by McCall magazine. In 2013, she was awarded the Medal of Freedom was was praised for inspiring “lasting political and social change in America and abroad” by President Obama. To which Steinem humbly responded, “I can think of no president in history from whose hand I would be more honored to receive this medal from. I’d be crazy if I did not understand that this was a medal for the entire women’s movement.” However, she was not appreciated by all; she was criticized by radical feminist groups such as Redstockings for associating with liberal feminists. Moreover, she has continuously been accused of using her beauty to get off scot-free. She has published seven books, some of which are quite well-known: Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983) and Moving Beyond Words (1993).
Steinem was the feminist icon in the country during the Women’s...

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