Gloria Steinem Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of writer and activist Gloria Steinem.

Birth date:
March 25, 1934

Birth place: Toledo, Ohio

Birth name: Gloria Marie Steinem

Father: Leo Steinem

Mother: Ruth (Nuneviller) Steinem

Marriage: David Bale (2000-2003, his death)

Education: Smith College, B.A., 1956

Other Facts:
Steinem's grandmother, Pauline Perlmutter Steinem, was the president of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association.

Breast cancer survivor.

1956-1958 -
Lives in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship.

1960 - Moves to New York City and begins working at Help! magazine.

1963 - Works undercover as a "Bunny" at the Playboy Club in New York and then writes an expose about the poor pay and working conditions.

1968 - Begins writing the column, "The City Politic," for New York magazine.

1969 - Begins writing and speaking about feminism after attending a meeting held by a women's movement group that addressed the issue of abortion.

1970 - Testifies before the United States Senate on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment.

1971 - Co-founds Ms. Magazine, the first magazine to be created and operated entirely by women.

1971 - Co-founds the National Women's Political Caucus, which works to increase the number of women in the political field.

1983 - Steinem's collection of essays, "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions," is published.

1992 - Steinem's book, "Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem," is published.

1993 - Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

2005 - Co-founds the Women's Media Center.

2006 - Steinem's book, "Doing Sixty & Seventy," is published.

2011 - The HBO documentary, "Gloria: In Her Own Words," airs.

2013 - Is awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.