Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the Gloria Steinem series
Steinem was a supporter for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stating that both of them were champions of civil rights and women’s rights issues. In the end she gave her support to Clinton.
Steinem was against Sarah Palin for vice president, she said, Palin was not qualified, and “opposes everything most other women want and need.”
Steinem is also against the practice of female sexual mutilation and has strived to bring the issue to the forefront.
Note: For a full description of female sexual mutilation you can refer to the article entitled Will We Ever See the End of Female Genital Mutilation?
Steinem is in favor of same sex marriages, but she has a different view about transsexual relationships. Steinem voiced her concerns after the tennis player Renee Richard’s transsexual history was announced to the press.
In reaction to the Renee Richard incident, she stated that this is “a frightening instance of what feminism could lead to” or as “living proof that feminism isn’t necessary.” This view that transsexual behavior was also in line with her view that female body mutilation is wrong and unhealthy. Steinem said that one transsexual should not have bearing on the whole women cause. Here also, she made one of her most famous quotes, “If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?” However, Steinem has criticized wikipedia for insinuating that she condemned transsexuals and is adamant that she never did.
All in all, Steinem is a remarkably woman and a hero. She truly is the voice of women worldwide and though some people consider her a radical feminist, she was radical in that it was needed to evoke change in the era of the 1970’s, but she is also one of the most versatile feminists.. She is this examiner’s role model then and now.
Gloria Steinem was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
Gloria Steinem has made a few speeches here in Canada. Gloria spoke at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, in 2006, held in Montreal. Her speech covered, “Breaking Out of the Invisible Prisons.”
For a wonderful Women’ s studies program in Montreal apply to the Simone De Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University.