Gloria Steinem to Present Chubb Lecture

Political activist and best-selling author Gloria Steinem will visit Yale as a Chubb Fellow on September 26.

Political activist and best-selling author Gloria Steinem will visit Yale as a Chubb Fellow on September 26.

She will deliver a free, public address at 4:30 p.m. in the United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St.

Steinem has been an outspoken leader of the women’s movement since the 1960s. She currently studies and writes about the shared origins of sex- and race-based caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.

Steinem has made major contributions as a print and documentary journalist. In 1968, Steinem helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and feature writer. She co-founded Ms. magazine in 1982 and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in the magazine’s recent move to join the Feminist Majority Foundation. As the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls, she established Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Steinem has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO and a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime.

Steinem’s books include the bestsellers “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” and “Moving Beyond Words.” She was awarded a Doctorate of Human Justice from Simmons College and has won the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations, an Emmy citation for excellence in television writing and the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

As a political activist, Steinem helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a political power base to achieve equality for all women. She was president and co-founder of Voters for Choice. She also co-founded and serves on the board of Choice USA, a national organization that supports young pro-choice leadership and works to preserve comprehensive sex education in schools.  

Steinem is currently working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, her alma mater, documenting the grassroots origins of the U.S. women’s movement. She is also writing “Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered,” a book about her more than 30 years on the road as a feminist organizer, and is part of an effort to form a women’s media center and radio network.

The Chubb Fellowship was designed to encourage Yale College students in the operations of government, culture and public service. Established in 1936 through the generosity of Hendon Chubb (Yale 1895), the program brings three or four distinguished women and men to campus every year to give public lectures and interact informally with students.

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