It was a quiet Sunday in the United States.
The country’s most famous women’s activist, Gloria Steinem, was at her home in Los Angeles, eating dinner.
The first thing she did upon seeing her guests was to tell them, “You’re all going to hate me for saying this, but I’m tired of women being treated as second-class citizens.
I’m going to be the first to admit it.”
The first women she would meet would come from a few decades earlier, when Steinem was a child-raising activist.
They were women who had been taught to be afraid of their own bodies.
She could tell them that she had been assaulted, that she could have died for her actions, and that if they didn’t like it, they could never be as successful as she was.
Steinem had learned that when a woman is alone and fearful, she is less likely to speak up for herself.
And when women feel threatened, they often lash out, she said.
This is the story of how Steinem made a point: women’s suffrage.
A few months earlier, Steinem and her husband, novelist Joe Papp, had read an article about a campaign Steinem led that brought women into the suffrage movement, in part because women in general were afraid to speak out.
Women weren’t speaking out for themselves, she argued, because they were afraid of being attacked by men.
This fear, the women’s movement argued, made them more vulnerable to being attacked.
They needed to be heard.
The idea struck a chord with women who were living through the Civil War, when women were largely excluded from politics.
They didn’t have access to the same information that men had access to.
But Steinem’s story was different.
She had been sexually abused, she had experienced domestic violence, and her father was an alcoholic who had tried to kill her mother.
Steiner wanted to speak about these experiences and use them to convince women that they too could be good and strong and that they could be part of the American family.
The story was simple: Steinem would invite her friends over for a dinner party and tell them she had decided that women should not have to live in fear.
They’d sit around and drink beer, and she would tell them about how she had overcome a lot of the traumas she had endured, including rape, to become a successful author.
The dinner would end with Steinem saying, “Now, I’m a woman and I can speak for myself.
But we’re all still scared of men, and I’m not going to take that for granted.”
It was as simple as that.
A year later, Steiner and her fellow suffragists started the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Steiners goal was simple — she wanted women to get involved in politics, because it was their responsibility.
She wanted to give women a voice in American politics.
But the way she approached it was complicated.
For the first time, Steiners supporters began to view her as an extremist.
It was one thing for a woman to be radical in her belief system.
But as she grew, so did her followers.
Her critics began to refer to her as a radical feminist, a derogatory term she could not bear.
But that didn’t mean Steiner was any less committed to the cause of women.
She was determined to change the way women were treated.
The National Women’ Political Caucus was a kind of feminist movement — one that had been growing for decades.
Steins supporters, she saw, had a lot in common with the women of the Suffragettes, the suffragettes who had fought for women’s equal rights.
The suffragette movement was one of the most important movements of the twentieth century.
As the suffragan movement grew, women’s advocacy groups such as the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the American Federation of Women (AFEW) grew in prominence, and Steinem became a major figure in their ranks.
She led a series of conferences that brought together women and activists from all over the country.
She even led a trip to the White House, in an effort to get President Warren Harding to sign a petition calling for women to be elected to public office.
But for Steinem this wasn’t about women.
It wasn’t even about women in politics.
She didn’t want to be an activist, and the fact that she wasn’t an activist meant she didn’t really care about women as individuals.
For years, Steines supporters had been arguing that Steinem didn’t represent women’s issues, but her actions as a feminist had convinced them that they were right.
As Steinem grew in popularity, some of her supporters began making the same argument again and again.
Steininger was viewed by many as the “Queen of the Feminist Movement.”
It didn’t matter how much Steinem actually cared about women — how much she supported women’s equality and empowerment — if she was seen as an enemy, she would get the