Gloria Steinem Fast Facts

(CNN)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, an antique dealer

    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.

    May 6, 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.

    November 20, 2013 - Is awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.