7 Amazing Things You Need to Know About Gloria Steinem (in Honor of her 79th Birthday)
11:00 am, March 26th | by
Yesterday Gloria Steinem turned 79. In the last two years I have been lucky enough to be in a room with this iconic woman twice. Everytime she speaks I’m still inspired by her inquisitive mind and her patience (not to mention the fact that she still looks amazing at nearly 80.) And yes, we have read the books and seen the amazing HBO documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words, but there may be a few things about this famous woman you may not know that will surprise you. Happy Birthday Gloria!
1.Steinem didn't feel the Playboy Bunny piece did that much for women
At a recent talk at the 92nd St. Y on the state of feminism today, a young woman asked about the time Gloria went undercover at The Playboy Bunny Club as a Bunny. She said to the audience she didn't think the article did that much for women, but it did help improve the way the female workers were treated there. “I learned what’s it’s like to be hung on a meat hook," she said of the experience.
2.She likes Girls
According to HuffPo, Gloria Steinem HATES the
Real Housewives franchise but she is okay with Girls. "I only saw the first couple episodes of 'Girls,' so I can't speak to all of it, but I think it was much more realistic as to how girls look and dress and talk, and that all sex is not wonderful. Some of it is silly and boring. It felt much more realistic to me," Steinem said at a recent event at Simmons College.
3.Her hair was a tribute to Holly Golightly
Gloria was known for her funky fashion sense in addition to her feminism. She wore her beautifully highlighted blond hair in a style that was a tribute to Holly Golighty (of Breakfast at Tiffany's) she said in
Gloria: In Her Own Words.
4.She thinks Sheryl Sandberg is great
Some women are upset that Sheryl has “blamed” women for the ambition gap and says they need to be more aggressive. Gloria has known Sheryl for years and feels that many women who get to her level don’t help other women at all. “It seems that they are only there to put other women down. They become the Clarence Thomas of the boardroom,” she said. “Sheryl is completely the opposite. She is there to help other women.” Steinem also said she agrees very strongly with her that the most important business decision a woman can make is choosing the right life partner.
5.She is okay with the B word
The word "b*tch" has become a part of the vernacular in a different way than it used to be, but Gloria isn’t sure that is a bad thing. “What movements do is take the words that are used against us,” she said at The Athena Fim Festival. “It is good to take the words that have power in them and take the power back. Now, it depends on who is using them though. Sometimes when they call you bitch they are not giving you the power. But sometimes I do think, 'Yeah, watch out for me.'"
6.She isn't thrilled with the state of women's magazines today
The founder of
Ms. magazine, the first publication to focus on feminist issues, isn't thrilled with the state of women's mags today. Gloria believes that magazines have gotten worse, mainly due to the fact that they are completely controlled by advertising. “That never happened at Ms. because we hardly had any ads,” she said with a chuckle last year at The Athena Film Festival. Women’s magazines used to have quality investigative journalism and excellent fiction. “Now magazines are just oceans of clothing and makeup and that’s fine, but it is all dictated. There is nothing about the sweatshops that made those clothes,” she said.
7.She wore aviators because she felt like they were hiding her
You may have thought Gloria just wore her big aviator sunglasses constantly because they looked bad ass, but she also liked to hide behind them. “The bigger they were, the more I felt I could hide behind them," she said in the documentary.