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Women's Rights Icon Gloria Steinem to Visit Simmons College, Mar. 22

BOSTON (February 28, 2013) — Gloria Steinem, one of the most significant and iconic figures of the women's rights movement, will visit Simmons College, Friday, March 22, to discuss modern feminism and social activism.

Steinem, who visited the Simmons campus 40 years ago when she delivered the 1973 commencement address and received the first doctorate for Human Justice awarded by the College, will address students, faculty, and staff in the talk, "The F Word: Feminism Today." Steinem's visit is part of SimmonsPalooza, a series of events and programs focused on the celebration of diversity, inclusion, and social activism at Simmons. The event is being organized by the Simmons Class of 2013 in collaboration with the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, the President's Office, and the Alumnae Association Executive Board.

(Please note: Steinem's keynote address is a Simmons-only event and is SOLD OUT)

Social activist, writer, editor, and lecturer, Steinem has been an outspoken champion of women's rights for more than 40 years. She helped create both New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, helped form the National Women's Political Caucus, and is the author of many books and essays. In more recent times, Steinem has spoken out about some of the pressing issues of the day, such as work life balance for women.

"We've demonstrated that women can do what men do, but not yet that men can do what women do. That's why most women have two jobs — one inside the home and one outside it — which is impossible. The truth is that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it," Steinem told the New York Daily News in 2009.

Founded in 1899, Simmons College ( is a nationally recognized university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking, a focus on leadership development, and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.