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Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem to lecture at Cedar Crest on June 7

Allentown, Pa. (May 16, 2012)—Gloria Steinem, an icon of feminism for half a century, will present a talk titled, “The Longest Revolution,” at Cedar Crest College on June 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., during the Lehigh Valley Women’s Summit. The third annual Summit is hosted in partnership by the Women’s Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Leadership Initiative of United Way of the Great Lehigh Valley, in collaboration with the Women’s Leadership Institute at Cedar Crest College. Many more activities are planned on campus throughout the Summit, held in Lee’s Gymnasium from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in the United States and other countries 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 Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her more than 30 years on the road as a feminist organizer.

Steinem’s visit is an ideal fit for the Cedar Crest’s new Women’s Leadership Institute, the 10-year old Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the 30-year old Women’s Business Council. Each of these unique organizations empowers women by providing educational opportunities to prepare women to take a greater leadership role in their lives and in the community.

Here are more highlights of Steinem’s career:

  • In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. She has also been published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and other women’s magazines.
  • She has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO, a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime, and been the subject of profiles on Lifetime and Showtime.
  • She was one of the founders of the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level.
  • 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.
  • As a writer, she has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, and more.

Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, and then spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship. She wrote for Indian publications, and was influenced by Gandhian activism.

She also received the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College, the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty Award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations, and a number of honorary degrees. Parenting magazine selected her for its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 for her work in promoting girls’ self-esteem, and Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce and narrate an Emmy Award-winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. With Rosilyn Heller, she also co-produced an original 1993 TV movie for Lifetime, Better off Dead, which examined the parallel forces that both oppose abortion and support the death penalty.

In addition to the address from Gloria Steinem, the day-long Women’s Summit features workshops led by top business professionals including the chief knowledge officer of Catalyst and representatives from Vision 2020.Cost is $125 for Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce members, and $175 for others.

For information on the Gloria Steinem lecture and the Lehigh Valley Women’s Summit at Cedar Crest College, with complete program schedule, go to www.unitedwayglv.org/Partners/Womens-Leadership-Initiative/Women-s-Summit.aspx  or contact Danielle Joseph at 484-226-0128 or daniellej@lehighvalleychamber.org

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