Feminist Icon, Gloria Steinem Delivers Keynote Address to Texas Council on Family Violence State Conference

“Feminism: Past, Present and Future.”


Austin, Texas — The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is pleased to welcome Gloria Steinem, champion of the American women’s movement to Austin on Wednesday, September 5 to speak on “Feminism: Past, Present, and Future.”

In this moment of political challenges to women’s rights and health freedoms, her perspective will illuminate, inspire, and mobilize work for equality. Steinem is providing the keynote address at the statewide conference of Texas’ domestic violence programs, held by the Texas Council on Family Violence.

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. She now lives in New York City, and is currently at work on Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered, a book about her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer.

“Gloria Steinem helped launch the women’s rights movement and campaigned for laws and social reforms that promoted equality between women and men, helping to strike down many long-standing sex discriminatory laws that denied women equal economic opportunities. She has also been a staunch advocate for victims of domestic violence for four decades and made domestic violence a national issue by putting a bruised victim on the cover of Ms. Magazine in the 1970’s to address domestic violence issues long before anyone else did, “said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence. “We are honored she is joining us for our statewide conference to offer her unique perspective on women in America today.”

The event is open to the public and a few seats are still available for her keynote address. If you are interested in attending the cost are $20 for the public and $10 for students. The keynote speech is Wednesday, September 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m., AT&T Conference Center, UT Campus. To buy tickets go to:

Tickets: https://donate.ncfv.org/GloriaSteinem_Keynote

Gloria Steinem is an activist, feminist, journalist and best-selling author who are nationally recognized as a champion of women’s rights. Through her illustrious career, she has become a highly respected spokeswoman on issues of equality. She co-founded Ms. magazine where she remained an editor for 15 years. Steinem also helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. She has been published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and many others. Steinem has been instrumental in the creation of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the Women’s Action Alliance. She continues to involve herself in politics and media affairs as a commentator, writer, lecturer and organizer, campaigning for social justice.

Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, and then spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship. She wrote for Indian publications, and was influenced by Gandhian activism. She also received the first Doctorate of Human Justice awarded by Simmons College, the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ceres Medal from the United Nations, and a number of honorary degrees. Parenting magazine selected her for its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 for her work in promoting girls’ self-esteem, and Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. She has been the subject of two biographical television documentaries, and The Education of a Woman, a biography written by Carolyn Heilbrun.

For more information about Gloria Steinem, go to her website at: http://www.gloriasteinem.com/qa/


Since 1978, the Texas Council on Family Violence, headquartered in Austin, has been a nationally recognized leader in the efforts to end family violence through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men. As one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation, TCFV’s membership comprises a diverse group of organizations and concerned citizens and serves as the voice of victims at the state level working with the Texas Legislature and state government.