From Ms. Magazine (http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/08/12/gloria-steinem-to-be-awarded-presidential-medal-of-freedom/)
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, cofounder of Ms. magazine, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, later this year. She joins nearly 600 distinguished people who have won the award since it was established in 1963. According to the White House, Steinem was awarded the medal for her women’s rights activism. When he announced this year’s winners, Obama said:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.
Four other of this year’s honorees are women: astronaut/science educator Sally Ride, multi-media entrepreneur and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, country singer/songwriter Loretta Lynn, glass-ceiling-breaking judge Patricia Wald.
–by Amelia Rosch
Feminism seems to be in the news a lot. Now Gloria Steinem as well as others are going to awarded by President Obama. I have met Gloria Steinem at Chatauqua Institute in New York. It is the oldest gated community in America. Chautauqua is a community of picturesque Victorian homes. It has a “season” and speakers come form all over the world to be able to speak to the thousands who attend. They have an Open Air Ampitheater on Lake Chautauqua.
Gloria has been my muse, my ideal feminist since the seventies. She started MS. Magazine and worked with NOW ( the National Organizations of Women). I was never on a march that she wasn’t there. She is also an author, having written several books on feminism. Women owe a lot to the hard work of this great woman. She lives her truth and is a very authentic person.