An activist for women’s rights, equality and social justice, Gloria Steinem has made a profound impact on countless lives. Steinem began her journalism career in New York and was catapulted into fame for penning an investigative piece on the harsh working conditions at the glamorous Playboy Club. In 1971 she founded Ms. Magazine, the first magazine to offer a female point of view on a broad range of political and cultural issues. At that time, the notion of a publication showcasing serious issues examined from a female perspective stirred up considerable controversy and was just one of the many instances in which Steinem served as a lightning rod for political debate. Steinem is co-founder of the Women’s Action Alliance, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and Choice USA, among other organizations. She established the Ms. Foundation for Women, an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged women. A mentor to many younger women, Steinem continues to play a major role in political and cultural debate. Her forthcoming memoir is My Life on the Road.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter, and has worked in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, Urban Word NYC, and Get Lit: Words Ignite empowering young people through poetry and spoken word. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.