By Megan McArdle-ReedThe writer who became a hero to female writers in the 1970s, Gloria Steinem, was also a feminist activist.
A decade ago, the then-50-year-old Steinem was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mitchell Award by the American Library Association.
The award, created in 1980 by the Librarian of Congress, is given annually to a young American who “incorporated her creative voice and achievements into the service of the public good.”
“Gloria Steinem became a symbol of the power of the female voice, and her work helped shape the culture that helped shape America in the 1960s and 1970s,” the L.A.A., California-based organization said in a statement.
The achievement was well deserved.
Steinem’s first book, My Life as a Woman, was published in 1974 and received the MacArthur Foundation’s Humanities Prize in 1976.
In 1983, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
“I was born Gloria Steine, and I still feel that I am Gloria Steines,” she told the Associated Press in 2013.
“Women have made a tremendous contribution to history and to humanity.”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Feminine Mystique won the prize in 1989.
She was awarded $1 million, a lifetime achievement award and a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994.
She had also been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Medal of Arts in 1987 and 1990.
The National Endowments for the Humanities awarded her the American Federation of Teachers’ Medal in 1990.
“Gegna Steinem is one of those rare people who has achieved greatness through her own unique talent and commitment,” said Barbara M. Katz, president and CEO of the Librarians of Congress.
“She has been a tireless advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, and she deserves our gratitude and respect for her lifetime of achievement.”
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