Political activist and women's movement icon Gloria Steinem came out swinging decades ago as an irresistible voice for feminism and freedom as a new generation defined it.
She was a beauty and a battler. Founded Ms. Magazine when that was an earthquake in publishing. Stood up again and again for women's rights, women's equality, women's freedom.
Gloria Steinem still does all that, but at 72, she's widened her focus, too. Her latest cause: 21st century slavery and human trafficking. There's a lot of it. A shocking, half-hidden world of debt-bondage and sex slavery and outright servitude. And Steinem is on it.
This Hour, On Point: Gloria Steinem on freedom and slavery in the 21st century.
Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. Co-founder of Ms. Magazine, and author of Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, and Marilyn: Norma Jean. She has written the foreward to a new book: Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery, and is co-founder of GreenStone Media, which develops and distributes radio programming for women.
This program aired on December 7, 2006.