Gloria Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and feminist activist. Steinem is best known for helping lead the women's liberation movement in the 1960's and 1970's and acting as one of its most visible media spokeswomen.
Steinem first gained notoriety in 1960 when she went undercover as Playboy Bunny and subsequently wrote an expose for Show magazine on learning “what it's like to be hung on a meat hook." In 1969, following a disturbing experience revealing the horrors of the abortion industry, she began her activism work with the New York Magazine article "After Black Power, Women's Liberation."
In 1972, she helped to co-found Ms. Magazine and remained an editor at the publication for fifteen years, where she still acts as consulting editor. She also helped found New York Magazine and has been published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.
Ms. Steinem also helped form the Woman's Action Alliance, the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Media Center, Voters for Choice, Choice USA, and was founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation, the Women's Sports Journalism Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and most recently the University of Missouri School for Journalism Award.
Biography magazine named Ms. Steinem one of the 25 most influential women in America, and in 1993 she was added to the National Women's Hall of Fame. She is still politically active, and she is the focus of the HBO documentary, "Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words.”