Gloria Steinem Celebrates Women at UNM

October 24, 2012 - Dorene DiNaro

Gloria SteinemActivist and writer, Gloria Steinem, arguably one of our country’s most recognized feminist activists, will speak at the University of New Mexico Student Union Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.  The talk is in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of the UNM Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and Women Studies Program.  In addition to Steinem’s talk, the evening will include recognition of the programs’ founders and former directors, program highlights, a dance, and a silent auction to benefit the WRC Sabrina Single Mothers Scholarship.  Tickets are $20 for general public/$15 for students for the keynote only, $60 for general public/$30 for students dinner and the keynote, or $110 for everyone for a pre-dinner Meet & Greet, keynote and dinner.  Tickets can be purchased at unmtickets.com or the UNM Ticket Office.

“We are excited to bring Gloria Steinem to the University of New Mexico,” says Summer Little, director of the Women’s Resource Center. “She has been, and continues to be, a strong leader and a critical voice for social justice. Gloria’s activism has helped women and girls make incredible gains across our society and around the world. We have all benefited from her work and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate these milestones with her.”

Over the past 40 years, Steinem has played a pivotal role in the women’s equality movement, both in the United States and internationally. Steinem travels as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race 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.

In 1972, the same year that the UNM Women’s Resource Center and Women Studies Program were established, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in orchestrating the magazine’s move to be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Her books include the bestsellers, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem; Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions; Moving Beyond Words; and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

Steinem helped to found and provided leadership for many different organizations, including: the Women’s Action Alliance, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice, and the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women. She is also a founder of the Ms. Foundation’s “Take Our Daughters To Work” Day. To learn more about Steinem, visit her website: www.gloriasteinem.com.

To learn more about the 40th Anniversary Celebration visit: women.unm.edu.