Gloria: In Her Own Words chronicles Steinem’s emergence as a driving force in the modern women’s liberation movement. This HBO documentary blends interviews of Steinem in her Manhattan apartment, archival footage, photographs from throughout her life and clips from press interviews over the years.
Gloria: In Her Own Words explores Steinem’s early days through her childhood; influenced by her mother’s decision to give up a career to raise children and her parent’s rocky marriage. Then, it highlights challenges she experienced during college and Steinem’s political awakening in 1969 when she discovered the horrifying experiences women endured when attempting to exercise their right to reproductive freedom. Through this documentary, audiences experience Steinem’s social activist career in her quest to find everything she could on the burgeoning women’s movement, leading the Women’s Strike for Equality march on August 26th, 1970, and co-founding Ms. Magazine. The documentary not only leads audiences into Steinem’s life as the face of the feminist movement but also reveals her battle with breast cancer, hitting bottom 1990s, and her marriage to David Bale.
Gloria: In Her Own Words is produced by Peter Kunhardt and Shila Nevins; directed by Peter Kunardt; editing and graphics design by Phillip Schopper; original music is by Michael Bacon. For Kunhardt McGee Productions: executive producer, Dyllan McGee and for HBO, supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover.