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Steinem to Speak at 2007 Commencement

Many Smith students and alumnae have basked in the reflected glory of their famous Smith sister: editor, journalist and political activist Gloria Steinem. On May 20, Steinem, a tireless promoter of equality for women, will share the spotlight with the class of 2007 as speaker at Smith College’s 129th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m.

Steinem’s lifelong career as a writer and journalist began when she graduated from Smith magna cum laude in 1956. By the 1970s, Steinem had gained national attention as an outspoken leader of the women’s movement. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, which became an influential forum for feminist issues. Steinem also joined several other leading feminists—including Betty Friedan ’42—to found the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Steinem has authored several books including Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Revolution from Within, Moving Beyond Words and most recently Doing Sixty and Seventy; in 2006, she launched the all-female all-talk national radio network GreenStone Media with actress Jane Fonda and several other prominent women.

Steinem received an honorary degree from Smith in 1988 and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1993. She has twice before delivered the commencement address at Smith, in 1971 and 1995.

After Steinem’s address, four other accomplished women will receive honorary degrees. They are Dr. Helene Gayle, human rights and public health advocate; Ruth Holmberg ’43, journalist and publisher; Nancy Hopkins, geneticist and professor; and Lauren Lazin ’82, award-winning filmmaker and MTV producer.

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