Gloria Steinem

Feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Gloria Steinem is considered a leader of the second-wave feminist movement. She became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This physically attractive, intelligent woman encouraged young women to exhibit independence, confidence, ambition, determination and personal strength. Thanks to the boldness of women like Steinem, many women pursued the (then) less traditional path of a university education and a career rather than marriage and motherhood.

Her physical appearance was important only because she put the lie to the stance of many men that feminists were unattractive women incapable of finding a husband, whose demands for equality were the result of personal and sexual frustration.

"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."

It was her mind, though, her ability to outline the feminist position so well, to men and women alike, that really struck a chord.

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