Feminist Gloria Steinem hopes TV doc inspires

Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:23pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gloria Steinem may no longer be making the kind of national headlines she drew in the 1970s during the heady days of the women's rights movement.

But she is hoping that a TV documentary about her 40 years on the frontlines of feminism will inspire a new generation to continue the fight because, she says, there is still plenty of work to be done.

"I hope (women) will look at the distance we have come in 40 years and say to themselves, here we are now and where do we want to be in 40 more years? -- and also that they can do it.

"If I can do it, they can certainly do it. We learn from each other's stories. So each of us has to try to tell our story honestly, otherwise the media makes us feel that people who do something are different from us," Steinem told Reuters.

"Gloria: In Her Own Words" profiles the now 77 year-old crusader using old news clips, archived interviews and Steinem's own reflections.

The documentary makes its debut on cable channel HBO on Monday and will be replayed throughout August.

It sees the journalist who became one of the leading lights of the feminist revolution in the 1970s and 80s assess her public and personal life in a way that she has rarely done.

"You can't see the story of your own life. If you are in the forest, you just see the trees. You don't see the forest. So I just tried to answer questions the best I could," she told Reuters, with a laugh.   Continued...