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Gloria Marie Steinem was born on March 25, 1934. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and was the daughter Ruth and Leo Steinem.
Steinem makes a living as an American journalist, but is mainly known as an American feminist and political activist. She became famous in 1969 after publishing the article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation”, which brought her international recognition as a feminist leader.
The famous journalist is mainly considered as a liberal feminist, but she likes to see herself more as a radical feminist. She supports abortion, which is a very sensitive subject in the United States. Steinem had admitted to have an abortion at the age of 22 in London and wrote an entire piece on abortion for New York Magazine in 1969. Given the fact that abortion was a total taboo in those days, it did not make the career of Steinem any easier.
Gloria Steinem also spoke out against female genital mutilation and male circumcision. Her first article on the subject appeared in Ms. Magazine in 1979. The article reported an estimated 75 million women falling victim to genital mutilation.
Feminist Gloria Steinem only married a few years ago, at the age of 66. She married David Bale, who is also the father of actor Christian Bale, on September 3, 2000. Unfortunately, Bale died only three years after their marriage because of a brain lymphoma. Steinem also experienced some health issues herself and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986 and trigeminal neuralgia in 1994.
Despite health problems and a very controversial viewpoint in the 1960s and 1970s, Gloria Steinem is considered as one of the most powerful women in the United States. She is now an international spokeswoman for women’s rights and continues to bring equality between man and woman to the front of the political agenda.