Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship


Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship



It is Why? Radio’s 100th episode; a powerful milestone for a monthly show. To help us celebrate, we are joined by writers, activists, and feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Suzanne Braun Levine. As the founder and the first editor of Ms. Magazine, Gloria and Suzanne left an indelible mark on the American consciousness, but they weren’t with stopping there. They have spent almost a half century fighting for political, social, and even philosophical equality, and did so as friends with a joint mission.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality, In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. Her books include the bestsellers My Life on the Road, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and in India, As If Women Matter. Her writing also appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of Houghton Mifflin’s The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History.

Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, families, and changing gender roles. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine and the first woman to edit the Columbia Journalism Review. In her recent work Levine has celebrated a new stage of life – Second Adulthood – and she reports on the ongoing changes in women’s lives in her books, in media interviews (including Oprah! Charlie Rose and NPR) and lectures, and in frequent blogs for AARP, Encore.org, Huff/Post50, and Next/Avenue.

Our second set of guests for this episode: eleven-year old Faith and Adina (pictured from left to right).

They are the founders and the current leadership of the Young Feminists of Grand Forks, a weekly discussion group foscused on education, activism, and introducing people to the feminist cause. They started the group as a response to the most recent presidential election. It represents their intent to change the minds of those who were resistant to the idea of a woman president, as well as their own desires to learn more about the history of women and activism. They also see it as a tool to help their peers understand that feminism is important and something to be proud of. YFGF is open to all kids with an interest in (or who are curious about) feminist topics.

Faith and Adina’s interview with Gloria and Suzanne is feautured in the last fifteen minutes of the episode. We thank them for their bravery and for joining us on Why? Radio.


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Institute for Philosophy in Public Life


Grand Forks, ND


Feminism--United States ; Women--United States ; Political activists--United States



Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship