Feminist icon and the “Mother of the women’s liberation movement”, Gloria Steinem will be honored in a new movie about her inspiring, activist life.
Julianne Moore will star as the founding feminist in My Life On The Road, based on Ms. Steinem’s bestselling memoir. Ms. Steinem’s journalism career led to her career as a feminist activist. She was one of the founders of New York Magazine, and founded Ms. magazine. She helped coin the term Ms. so that women didn’t have to reveal their marital status if they didn’t want to.
Her new book is a must-read for any modern-day feminist, as is her 1983 book Outrageous Acts & Everyday Rebellions. The earlier book included her 1963 magazine article about going “undercover” as a Playboy Bunny to expose exploitation and sexual harassment at the lechy Playboy Club. Her 1993 book Revolution From Within, stressed that for women to gain power, they must have self-esteem, the key to having personal power.
The film, to be developed by June Pictures, will be written by playwright Sarah Ruhl and directed by director Julie Taymor, who directed the film Frida and the Broadway plays The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Julianne Moore; perfect casting, and she has “Gloria Steinem hair”!
Steinem in 1972 at a political rally. She took her cues from the civil rights movement to progress the women’s movement. She was among the founders of the National Women’s Political Caucus, along with earlier feminists Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug. “I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”
Activist, speaker, and one of the founders of the feminist movement in the 1960’s and 70’s, Steinem is now 83-years-old. She continues to travel around the world, speaking about women’s issues.
“When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.”
President Barack Obama presents Ms. Steinem with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, the highest honor for a civilian.