Gloria Steinem, a writer, lecturer, editor and feminist, will discuss the shared origins of sex and race caste systems as the keynote speaker for Women’s History Month at Bergen Community College. Attendees also will learn about issues of equality, gender roles and child abuse.Ms. Steinem will speak at the College on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium on the College’s main campus in Paramus.
“Women’s History Month provides the College community with an opportunity to learn about women’s ever-changing roles in society,” said Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan, president of Bergen Community College. “Ms. Steinem focuses on social issues of global concern that affect men and women.”
Ms. Steinem has been active in various political and social causes. She helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, a national information center that specializes in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education. Ms. Steinem also was instrumental in the development of the National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women who are elected and appointed to office on a national and state level.
In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine and remained one of its editors for 15 years. Ms. Steinem continues to serve as a consulting editor for the magazine. In 1986, she assisted in the creation of New York Magazine, where she served as a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Her books “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” and “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem” were best sellers. She currently is working on a new book “Road to the Heart: America As If Everyone Mattered.”
In addition to her writing, Ms. Steinem has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO and a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime.
Tickets for Gloria Steinem are $35 for the community. College faculty, staff and students are free when they present their Student ID at the door. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.bergen.edu/gloriasteinem or call (201) 447-7488.
For additional information about events for Women’s History Month, please call the College’s School of Continuing Education at (201) 447-7488.
Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu) based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.