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Gloria Steinem to speak at Simmons College this month

Posted by Your Town  March 5, 2013 12:53 PM

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Women's rights icon Gloria Steinem will speak about modern feminism and social activism at Simmons College this month.

Steinem, who delivered the 1973 commencement address at Simmons, will hold a discussion on March 22, titled “The F Word: Feminism Today,” according to a statement released by the college.

Steinem helped found Ms. Magazine and New York Magazine, and also assisted in the formation of the National Women’s Political Caucus, which works to promote more women into elected office, according to the biography on her website.

She has written a number of bestselling books, including “Moving Beyond Words,” and “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.”

Steinem helped establish the Women’s Action Alliance, which is “a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education,” according to her biography. In 2004, she co-founded the Women’s Media Center, which works to advance the number of female journalists.

In 2009, Steinem told the New York Daily News that “we've demonstrated that women can do what men do, but not yet that men can do what women do. That's why most women have two jobs — one inside the home and one outside it — which is impossible. The truth is that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.”

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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