Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is an honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

Student Marxist

"When I was in college, it was the McCarthy era," Steinem told Susan Mitchell in 1997, "and that made me a Marxist."[2]

Helsinki-Youth Festival/CIA recruiter

July 29-August 6, 1962 the World Youth Festival was held in Helsinki, under the auspices of the Soviet front World Federation of Democratic Youth.

Gloria Steinem was under a CIA contract to recruit participants to infiltrate the communist confab and to fund “liberal” Americans participants in the 450-member U.S. group of pacifists and Communist Party USA activists. It was a futile stunt. Among those whom Steinem recruited through her CIA front, Independent Research Service, were Zbigniew Brzezinski, Barney Frank, Clay Felker, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, attorney Tom Garrity and reporter Robert Kaiser. Among those invited, but not attending were Michael Harrington and Tom Hayden.[3]

National Women's Political Caucus

Betty Friedan joined other leading feminists, such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bella Abzug, and Myrlie Evers-Williams in founding the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971.[4]

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Gloria Steinem was one of the cofounders the Coalition of Labor Union Women in 1974.[5]

Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee

Among the prominent figures; who joined Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee around late 1976, early 1977 were; James Farmer; Georgia State Representative Julian Bond; New York State Assemblyman Seymour Posner; Zolton Ferency, former head of the Michigan Human Rights Party; and Gloria Steinem.[6],

DSOC conference

Some 150 delegates and 100 observers met at Houston's Airport Holiday Inn, February 16-19, 1979, for the fourth national convention of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC).

DSOC's leadership[7]at the 1979 convention included-Michael Harrington, chairman, Julius Bernstein vice chairman, Victor Reuther vice chairman, Jack Clark national secretary.

the national board consisted of-Julian Bond, Harry Boyte, Bogdan Denitch, Harry Fleischman, Irving Howe, Alex Spinrad, Gloria Steinem, Harry Walsh, Nat Weinberg, Richard Wilson

Democratic Agenda/Socialist Caucus

For groups and organizations seeking radical social change within the Democratic Party, the National Convention of 1980 had at least one historic first - formation of a Socialist Caucus of delegates. Organized by the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and by the Democratic Agenda which was DSOC's cadre and supporters within the Democratic Party and was based in DSOC' s New York office and at 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Some 31 delegates and alternates from twelve states and Democrats Abroad attended the Socialist Caucus.

As a preliminary to the convention's Socialist Caucus meeting, , indeed as a "building event" and as a continued show of support for Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the Democratic Agenda sponsored a convention rally at New York's Town Hall. The speakers included Herman Badillo, Julian Bond, Fran Bennick, Harry Britt, Cesar Chavez, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI}, Douglas Fraser, Murray Finley, Michael Harrington, Terry Herndon, Ruth Jordan, Ruth Messinger, Eleanor Smeal, Gloria Steinem and William Winpisinger.

DSOC works within the Democratic Party, said Harrington, because of the party's relationships with organized workers, blacks, feminists, environmentalists and other "progressive groups."

The Socialist Caucus circulated a list of convention delegates who were caucus members, including;[8]

American Solidarity Movement

The American Solidarity Movement was announced in early 1984 by Democratic Socialists of America, as a vehicle to support American labor unions it considered under attack, or on strike and in need of support.

Members of the Initiating Committee for an American Solidarity Movement were: Michael Harrington (convenor), Stanley Aronowitz, Balfour Brickner, Harry Britt, Harvey Cox, Rep. Ron Dellums, Bogdan Denitch, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cynthia Epstein, Jules Feiffer, Rep. Barney Frank, Msgr. George Higgins, Irving Howe, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frances Fox Piven, Jose Rivera, Ray Rogers, Gloria Steinem, Peter Steinfels, Ellen Willis.[9]

New Directions conference

In May 1986, Democratic Socialists of America "supported" a New Directions conference in the Washington DC Convention Center. Conference organizer was Jo-Ann Mort of DSA.

The conference, supported by DSA, will bring together activists, analysts and elected officials to develop new directions for the Democratic Party and the broad democratic left.

Initial sponsors of the event included Reps. Charles Hayes and Barney Frank, labor leaders William Winpisinger and Jack Sheinkman (ACTWU), Joyce Miller (ACTWU and CLUW) and Jack Joyce, (Bricklayers), feminist leaders Gloria Steinem and Judy Goldsmith and policy analysts Robert Kuttner, Jeff Faux and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

DSA member

In 1993 Gloria Steinem was a member of Democratic Socialists of America.[10]

New Party builder

New Party News Fall 1994 listed over 100 New Party activists-"some of the community leaders, organizers, retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" the list included Gloria Steinem, author.

DSA 25th Anniversary

In 1998 Gloria Steinem addressed attended Democratic Socialists of America's 25th anniversary celebrations.[11]

Social Policy

For over 30 years, Social Policy has served as "key site for intellectual exchange among progressive academics and activists from across the United States and beyond", including: Frances Fox Piven, Jonathan Kozol, Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Ivan Illich, Stanley Aronowitz, Michael Lerner, Gloria Steinem, and others[12].

Presidential Medal of Freedom

In November 2013, Gloria Steinem was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.[13]

Midwest Academy 2014 Awards

Midwest Academy Awards, December 2014, went to;[14]

Women Cross DMZ walk



  2. Icons, Saints and Divas: Intimate Conversations with Women who Changed the World 1997. p 130
  3. Comrades—1963 Vietnam and Peace Movement Summary—the Lead
  4. Obituary
  6. The Militant, March 25, 1977 30
  7. Information Digest March 7 1979 p 63
  8. Information Digest, Septemer 19, 1980, p 333
  9. Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1984, page 6
  10. Dem. Left, Sept./October 1993, page 20
  11. [Dem. Left Winter 1998, page 27]
  13. the two way Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White House by MARK MEMMOTT November 20, 201311:40 AM
  14. Midwest Academy Awards 2014 December 2014