Gloria Steinem featured speaker at JAWS CAMP

Gloria Steinem

Journalism & Women Symposium is thrilled to announce that Gloria Steinem will be a speaker for our 2012 conference at the Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Gloria Steinem has been an iconic feminist leader and inspiration to many of us in JAWS, so we are especially pleased to welcome her this year to speak to us, experience CAMP (Conference and Mentoring Project) and meet up with old and new friends. She will speak at our Sunday lunch and also attend our Wine and Whine gathering Sunday evening.

As most of you know, Gloria is a writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist. She travels around the world as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City, and is currently at work on a new book.

Here’s a bit more about Gloria’s career:

In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, remained one of its editors for 15 years and continues to serve as a consulting editor. In 1968, she helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. As a freelance writer, she was published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and women’s magazines as well as for publications in other countries. Gloria also produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO, a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime, and has been the subject of profiles on Lifetime and Showtime.

Her books include the bestsellers “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Moving Beyond Words,” and “Marilyn: Norma Jean.”  She is currently working on “Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered,” a book about her more than 30 years on the road as a feminist organizer.

Gloria helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus and she also co-founded the Women’s Media Center in 2004. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls, and also a founder of its Take Our Daughters to Work Day, a first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution here and in other countries.