March 1, 2016 |
IT MUST have seemed like a win-win at the time. Clothing retailer Lands' End, desperate to refurbish its image into something relevant and chic, featured an interview with legendary feminist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog, complete with a photo spread of Steinem modeling items from the firm's latest collection. Steinem, for her part, got her new book plugged in the catalog copy. Now it's all turned into a spectacular embarrassment. Faced with an explosion of outrage from anti-abortion groups and customers, Lands' End has pulled the feature from its website and even appears to have canceled an arrangement to donate $3 to the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality every time a customer ordered the group's monogram stitched into an item.
February 18, 2016
By Lanethea Mathews-Schultz and Nicole Baltzer Following remarks by two well-known political figures in defense of Hillary Clinton's struggling campaign, the nation has been thrust into a debate about the role of gender in American politics. At a campaign event with Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright admonished young women for their lackluster support of the Democratic candidate by suggesting that there is "a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
February 12, 2016
FAR BE IT from me to defend women who think Bernie Sanders is exactly the type of person we need to change the course of this country (because I think he has the same sense of direction the Titanic's navigator had.) However, while I certainly don't feel the Bern, I respect the people who do. In fact, even though I've been surprised at how many voters support Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, I wouldn't call them stupid. The candidates? Perhaps. The supporters? Nyet (quoting Donald's friend and Bernie's associate, Vlad Putin.)
February 11, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A feminist for Bernie As a 68-year-old, 50-year feminist, I find the derisive comments by Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright about women supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton instead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders incredibly offensive ("Why Sanders appeals to young," Tuesday). Steinem's comment, "When you're young, you're thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie," is patently offensive to all women. Adding insult to injury was Albright's comment, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.
November 21, 2015 |
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem took the stage Thursday at the 12th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Center City, and about 8,000 women seemed to hang on her every word - and her counsel to "become whole by venturing outside the home. " At the keynote luncheon, Steinem was joined by and traded questions with actress/businesswoman Jessica Alba, who talked about how she founded the Honest Company, a personal-care products enterprise. Alba recalled how, at age 5, she began calling herself a feminist.
June 27, 2014 |
Madelyn B. Tripp, 93, of Bryn Mawr, a professor, author, and passionate leader of the women's movement of the 1970s and 1980s, died of cancer Wednesday, June 18, at the Beaumont at Bryn Mawr retirement community. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Tripp, known as "Maggie," was proud to have taken classes at Penn's Wharton School of Business, said Alan Tripp, her husband of 73 years. Ms. Tripp was an entrepreneur, owning a flower delivery service, an international gift shop, and a Philadelphia art gallery.
June 5, 2014
ISSUE | GLORIA STEINEM Disappointing legacy in so many ways Gloria Steinem grew up in a time when women dreamed, as Sally Friedman attests, of marriage, kids, and a home - a path Steinem rejected ("Gratitude to the woman still reshaping womanhood," May 27). Yet how many millions of women (and men) since the '60s have sought therapy, spent millions on reproductive specialists, written to advice columnists, and even tried online dating services in pursuit of the elusive, satisfying relationship or successful pregnancy?
May 28, 2014 |
Even now, I blush at the memory. When I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, one of my first assignments was to write an essay in English 101 about my expectations of this distinguished university. I blithely went ahead and wrote that while I did hope to learn about all sorts of wondrous things, my real goal was to meet the man I would marry. The teaching assistant wrote an excoriating note to me. And I deserved it. My only consolation is that such was the mind-set of the suffocating 1950s, the era when our dreams were largely of marriage, kids, and a home straight out of a Doris Day/Rock Hudson romp.
April 22, 2013
NOW THAT THE legislation for further background checks for gun control has failed, where are we going? I think this proposal was just a smokescreen to make people think that something was actually going to happen. Expanded background checks are not the answer to controlling gun violence. What we really need are controls on semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. We should also have automatic jail sentences for those caught with an unregistered gun. If you want a licensed handgun in your home, that's certainly your right, and I have no objection.
October 19, 2011 |
Ever the radical, at 77 Gloria Steinem posits a pretty good view of what it means to grow old: still writing, speaking and traveling, hanging around with all her ex-lovers. Really? Ex-lovers? "The thing about aging," she said in a phone interview last week from her home in Manhattan, "is all your old lovers, pretty much if they were really friends, become your family. It's great. You have those terrible feelings of possessiveness and uncertainty go out the window. You have what you shared.