Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms. Ms. Steinem helped to found the Women's Action Alliance and the National Women's Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro- equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level. She also co-founded the Women's Media Center in 2004. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and also a founder of its Take Our Daughters to Work Day. As a writer, Ms. Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Women's Sports Journalism Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. In 2013 Ms. Steinem was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to her by President Obama. Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956. Her forthcoming book, The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader: As if Women Matter, is due in print in early 2015.
The mission of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University is to support and empower women through education, advocacy and leadership. Its programs address gender inequities, teach leadership skills, improve women’s success in academia and enable women to achieve professional goals and milestones. Funds raised through this celebration support research grants, internships, fellowships and scholarships for women undergraduate and graduate students who would otherwise go without access to opportunities that advance their studies, leadership, research and professional experience. Funds will also support students and faculty whose work furthers our understanding of women and gender, fosters gender equity, or engages in gender and social justice initiatives.