But what we haven't heard as much about lately is who in the media she is looking to as a positive example for women.
Promoting her HBO documentary, 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' (premieres Mon., Aug. 15, 9PM ET), Steinem took the time to reflect on the progress our society has made.
She also covered everyone from Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin to Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep when we talked about whether or not she thinks she'll see a female president elected in her lifetime, and who should play her in the movie of her life.
A clip showed Steinem speaking about her goals as a feminist, "You understand it's not a role exchange," she said. "We're not trying to do to men what men have done to us. We're trying to humanize both worlds."
Steinem doesn't view the documentary as a retrospective or career wrap-up as much as a benchmark for progress. "I wanted to show how far we've come in 30 or 40 years," she said, "so people can think, okay, where do we want to be in 30 or 40 years? Because this movement has just begun."
Before you get a copy of this DVD you have to do two things: Watch the TV movie with Loretta Swit as Chris Cagney, and completely forget that Meg Foster ever played the part at all.
The DVD collection of the first season of Cagney & Lacey contains no episodes featuring Meg Foster. This comes as little surprise considering all the drama that accompanied getting C&L on the air in the first place.
As with most DVD collections, this one is really only for original fans of the show. The picture quality has been improved very little, if at all, and the episodes are dripping with '80s cop drama earmarks, but still you can't ignore the groundbreaking plot lines. Aside from the daily struggle Christine & Mary Beth face as female detectives, there are also episodes about drug abuse, date rape and struggles with alcoholism that, for the time, were incredibly ground breaking.
Mr. Stephen Colbert had a great run in 2005, when The Colbert Report debuted and took off like a mighty eagle... with a disturbingly dedicated fanbase. This past year somehow managed to top all that, making Colbert and his show absolute pop culture giants and easily one of the biggest hits of 2006. I've been a fan ever since I first saw the man many years ago on The Daily Show and Strangers With Candy, so I feel like I've seen his career positively explode before my very eyes. Ohh, my boy's all grown up.
Now now, let's move on to my list before I get even more sappy and awkwardly maternal (the fact that Colbert's over twenty years older than me does not help the strangeness). Here are the top nine Colbert Report moments of 2006!
During a special episode Colbert called "A Salute to the American Lady" (which he was "mandated" to do for various reasons), Stephen interviewed noted femenists Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem, who were starting a radio network called GreenStone Media. The interview was about the role of feminism in today's world. But, instead of talking to them in a normal setting, he decided it would be more appropriate to talk to them during a cooking segment.
So there's Colbert, Fonda and Steinem, talking feminism while wearing aprons and making some silly-looking apple pie. Both women even followed the suggestion on Stephen's apron and kissed the cook (Jane kissed Stephen more than once... that minx!). It was a simple but funny juxtaposition, and the fact that both Fonda and Steinem got the joke made it even better. The video of the segment is after the jump.
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