Memphis, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – From going undercover to work as a Playboy Bunny to battling breast cancer and fighting for women’s rights – where she coined the phrase, “Reproductive Freedom”, Gloria Steinem has had a long and interesting career. Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin got a chance to sit down with her Wednesday.
Dressed in black and a shade of blue with a silver belt around her waist, feminist organizer and social political activist Gloria Steinem spent a few minutes talking with me about her life.
Some remember her time as a Playboy Bunny for an expose. But, it’s her fight for women that stands tall. Here’s her take on women today choosing between marriage and a career.
“Women are way more likely to have two jobs while men have one. And for this, everyone pays a price because women are very limited on their careers. Children don’t learn that men can be just as loving and nurturing as women,” said feminist organizer Gloria Steinem.
Steinem says that must change. Speaking of evolution, she says a trip to India shortly after independence, learning the Gandhi tradition, taught her how to organize.
“I realized how social change happens, and he (Gandhi) so well knew – is that like a tree, it does not grow from the top down, it grows from the bottom up,” said Steinem. “Women’s history gets lost. It’s not in the history books. Just as the history of Native-Americans. I mean we behave as if Columbus began history. You know, it’s crazy.”
And while her life has reflected a lifetime of work for women, she did not leave before giving this advice to everyone.
“There is a unique person in you and in me and in everyone – male and female – and that uniqueness will never be expressed if we give up on expressing it,” said Steinem.