Gloria Steinem (USA)
Chair, Board Emeritus
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist who has been an active and involved supporter of Equality Now since the 1990s. She currently serves as a consulting editor for Ms. magazine, which she co-founded in 1972, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded in 2005. A prolific and bestselling writer, Ms. Steinem is widely published and has produced and been the subject of several television documentaries and films. She 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. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and a founder of its “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” which has become a worldwide initiative. Currently, she is working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College on a project to document the grassroots origins of the U.S. women’s movement.
Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956 and spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship; she received the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College and a number of honorary degrees. She has received a multitude of awards, including the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations and most recently, the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, to name a few. Biography Magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America, and in1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Ms. Steinem was a founding member of Equality Now’s Advisory Board, was a Board Member from 2010-2016 and became a UK Trustee in May 2016.