5 reasons why we love Gloria Steinem

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Feminist, activist and editor Gloria Steinem turns 80 years old today

A leading figure of the women's movement in the 1960s, she has help rewrite rules for women

She's gone from undercover journalist to starting the first U.S. female-led magazine

CNN  — 

The name “Gloria Steinem” has long been synonymous with feminism.

As a leading figure of the women’s liberation movement, since the 1960s Steinem has fought tirelessly for female emancipation through her writing and activism.

As she celebrates her 80th birthday, CNN takes a closer look at how Steinem became a true symbol of gender equality.

1. Undercover agent

In 1960, a young Steinem relocated to the Big Apple to start her journalism career. Three years later, she was making a name for herself as a journalist when she showed just how far she was willing to go for a story.