On Thursday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM, activist and author Gloria Steinem will deliver Skidmore’s 2013 Keynote Speech. The face of the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Steinem was one of the founders of Mis Magazine. The SGA Speaker’s Bureau, which is in charge of choosing Skidmore’s annual Keynote speaker, has worked hard to make this event happen.
In the history of Skidmore’s Speaker’s Bureau Keynote, we have never had a woman! Because of this, the group’s main criteria going into this year was to secure a woman for the event. Speaker’s Bureau wanted someone who was an inspiration, an activist, and who could motivate the student body. According to Speaker’s Bureau Chair Z Steinhauer, “In the past we have had a lot of talent, but we wanted someone who be an inspiration in of themselves.”
At the beginning of the Keynote search process, each member of Speaker’s Bureau went out individually and contacted agencies. After a series of discussions, everyone voted to bring Steinem.
Steinem will deliver a speech entitled “The Longest Revolution,” in which she “reflects on her involvement in the social movements of the past four decades to discuss the politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues.” Steinhauer has really pushed for Steinem’s history and story, but also wants her to advice for people who are just entering the world, like Skidmore students.
Fun fact: Christian Bale is Gloria Steinem’s stepson!
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