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How Far Has Feminism Come?: Gloria Steinem's Answer

March 18, 2010

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On Tuesday, the Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project  (WRRAP) honored Women's Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem at an event in Beverly Hills.  Gloria took this opportunity to reflect on how far feminism has come since she first began her revolutionary activism in the 1960's and 70's.  With eloquence and candor, she explained that while women have taken "huge, huge leaps forward," there's still plenty of work to be done before reaching equality.

Gloria echoed similar sentiments in her introduction to the New York Women's Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony for WMC co-founder Jane Fonda in December.  "From an uncertain New York night in [their] twenties to a much happier New York breakfast in [their] seventies," Gloria and Jane witnessed women's commendable progress over the decades together.  And while today they appreciate the happiness they have found, they recognize that we must address the representation of women's perspectives in the media to battle the inequality rampant in our culture.

As Gloria stated on Tuesday, "As long as one group requires an adjective and the other is the central definition of humanity, we are in trouble. And that is still true."  To read more on Gloria's answer to the question of feminism, check out the Reuters article on the WRAAP event.