Previously published in Examiner
This Montreal Women’s Issues examiner does not have many heroes. She has never been a hero-worshiping kind of person, but if she had to chose, she would select her very first role model or hero per se. That person would be Gloria Steinem.
This Montreal Women’s Issues examiner was an impressionable young girl and Gloria planted an impression on her that would last remain with her the rest of her life. This Montreal Women’s Issues views on womanhood and our rightful place in society is owed to Gloria Steinem. She owes her additional learning and understanding of womanhood, to Ada Sinacore, her feminist university professor at McGill University in Montreal.
So now in this women’s issues series we will focus on Gloria Steinem.
Note: Before starting the series this Montreal Women’s Issues Examiner was actually surprised that many women of her age group have expressed that they never heard of Betty Friedan, however, she does believe that more people have heard of Gloria Steinen.
Gloria Steinem: The Woman, the Legend
On March 25, 1934 the world was blessed with one of the most intelligent minds that shaped the lives of women not just in her generation but for future generations of women in Canada as well as the United States. Gloria Marie Steinem was to become one of America’s biggest female icons through her work as journalist, social and political activist, publisher, and one of the greatest female leaders in 20th century.
Note: You have the right to disagree, however this difference of opinion will never change the fact that she is all those things in the eyes of this Montreal Women’s Issues Examiner and in the eyes of many Americans and Canadians alike.
The early years
Steinem was born in Toledo, Ohio to a mother who was half -German, and a Jewish father. Gloria’s dad was a traveling antique dealer who took his family traveling with him. However in 1944, when Gloria was only 10 years old he left his family behind in pursuit of work in California.
Gloria lived alone with her mother after that time and therefore saw life differently than the suburban housewife world of Betty Freidan. Later in life, Gloria would state that growing up the way she did and seeing how her mother had struggled was pivotal in forming her views on social injustice.