Journalist, campaigner, and feminist Gloria Steinem became a women’s rights icon in the 1960s and is now the subject of Julie Taylor’s biography. The glories (Find out more here). Based on Steinem’s own memoir, My Life on the Street, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson and Ryan Keira Armstrong portray the activist at different stages in her life. Steinem, 86, spoke to Senior Planet in the days after the death of her friend and fellow pioneer for women’s rights, Ruth Bader Ginsberg:
SP: How do you feel about the loss of RBG?
Gloria: It was a shock and a surprise. Somehow I had convinced myself that, if not immortal, she would be there for at least a while because she had overcame her health challenges over and over again.
SP: What are your fondest memories of her?
Gloria: So many. We were only a year apart and first met when she was at ACLU where she started the women̵
SP: Why do you think The Glorias is still relevant today?
Gloria: This should be judged by the individual viewer, but the struggle of different women to be human continues as the MeToo movement, as security against sexual assault on campus. It’s in every country in the world … we’ve made great strides, but we’re still not in a place where gender, race, and class don’t dominate our lives.
SP: How far do you think the women’s movement has progressed since the 1960s?
Gloria: At that time we had neither equal pay legislation nor that idea of equal pay. Men still held on to the idea that women would take men’s jobs away. Now at least we have laws, but we are nowhere near the reality of equal pay. If we had equal pay for the work women already do, we would be putting about $ 400 billion more into the economy. And if men were just as responsible for raising children as women, it would be a great economic revolution and one too human Revolution, because men would develop their so-called feminine qualities – which of course are not feminine at all, but only human – of connection, empathy, care and attention to detail, just as women develop our so-called masculine qualities for employment because there are no masculine qualities or feminine qualities; There are only human qualities.
SP: How did you feel when Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander portrayed you?
Gloria: I was so moved that they wanted to do it and was also very touched by the portrayal of my relationship with my father [played by Timothy Hutton] because he wasn’t an easy person. In many ways he was irresponsible, but it didn’t matter because he loved me and treated me as a buddy.
SP: What’s Your Secret For Aging With Attitude?
Gloria: That’s a great sentence! There is no real secret, you are always the unique self that was born into this world, you just keep adding experiences. I’m with younger women a lot so I imagine this is what keeps me young. In the past in my life I was often the youngest person in the group – now I am the oldest. I have useful knowledge of the past. I am also more hopeful because I remember when it was worse; young women are fucking crazy because it should be better – and both things are true, so we help each other.
The glories Releases September 30th on digital and streaming exclusively on Prime Video. Check out the trailer:
Photo: Lorraine Toussaint (as Flo Kennedy) and Julianne Moore (as Gloria Steinem) in THE GLORIAS; Photo credit: Dan McFadden
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