Women’s Center Brings Gloria Steinem for 40th Anniversary
Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist, visited the University of Idaho on Oct. 4 and 5, 2012 in honor of the Women’s Center’s 40th anniversary.
Over the past 40 years, Steinem has played a pivotal role in the women’s equality movement, both in the United States and internationally. Steinem travels 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.
In 1972, the same year that the U-Idaho Women’s Center was established, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in orchestrating the magazine’s move to be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation.
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, on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Steinem helped to found and provided leadership for many different organizations, including: the Women’s Action Alliance, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice, and the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women. She is also a founder of the Ms. Foundation’s “Take Our Daughters To Work” Day. To learn more about Steinem, visit her website: www.gloriasteinem.com.
Steinem spoke about “Women's Legacies, Inspiring Our Future,” on Oct. 4 at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Way in Moscow, ID. The event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a facilitated question-and-answer period. The event will also serve as the keynote for the Athena-Women’s Center biennial Women’s Leadership Conference, held throughout the day on October 4 on the U-Idaho Moscow campus.
“We are thrilled to bring Gloria Steinem to the University of Idaho,” says Heather Shea Gasser, director of the University of Idaho Women’s Center. “She has been and continues to be an instrumental voice for social change and for equality. Her leadership in the early 70s contributed directly to the same movement that resulted in the creation of the Women’s Center on campus in 1972. Her address on Oct. 4 was the highlight of our semester-long celebration of the Women’s Center’s 40th anniversary and the keynote for the Women's Leadership Conference.”
The Women's Center was founded in 1972 to address the high attrition rates of female students on campus. Since then, the Women's Center’s role and purpose has evolved to include a breadth of programming and outreach that addresses the contemporary issues U-Idaho students are now facing. Women's Centers exist because gender equity has not been achieved in any country around the world. Women still earn less than their male peers, with women of color facing an even larger pay gap. Women hold fewer tenured faculty positions and continue to be underrepresented in many fields, which has a direct impact on female students within our own colleges and departments. A series of special programs currently being planned for the fall of 2012 will honor the hard work of many individuals and groups who have been involved in creating and sustaining the Women's Center over the past four decades.
Support for the event is provided by the University of Idaho Office of the President, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Women’s Center, Athena Professional Women’s Organization, Diversity, Equity & Community, University Housing & Residence Life, Human Rights, Access & Inclusion, the WSU Women's Resource Center, ASUI Vandal Entertainment Board, College of Business and Economics, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Martin Institute for International Studies, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, U-Idaho Library, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources, Idaho Commons & Student Union, Margaret Ritchie School of Family & Consumer Sciences, a department within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Political Science, College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, College of Science, College of Art & Architecture, College of Law, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and many individual donors.
For more information on the Women’s Center, Gloria Steinem’s visit, and collateral events, contact the Women’s Center at (208) 885-6616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.