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Sneak Peek: Gloria Steinem Talks Politics, Police Brutality Ahead of Friday's Talk

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Hear the second installment of WMUK’s Earlene McMichael’s exclusive interview with history-making feminist Gloria Steinem that aired today (11/3). Steinem speaks at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6 at Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The talk is free and open to the public. The co-founder of the iconic Ms. Magazine is on tour for her new memoir, "My Life on the Road." 

In today's 5-minute interview on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Steinem shares her thoughts for reducing police brutality and what she believes is the top issue facing women today. She expounds on the upcoming presidential election as well (with unflattering words for Republican candidates Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump). The first part of McMichael's conversation with Steinem was broadcast on  Oct. 15 on WestSouthwest, WMUK's public-affairs program.

The complete interview is 33 minutes (hear it below). In it, in addition to discussing her latest book, Steinem, now 81, talks aging, her current activism, the more blatant forms of discrimination women faced in the '60s, the founding of Ms. Magazine in the early 1970s, the role of women of color in the Women's Movement, on Mahatma Gandhi learning some of his tactics from women, her regrets, staying positive in the face of adversity and her advice for younger women. 

Full interview

One of her projects these days is at the international level. Steinem recently joined forces with Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and lifelong women’s rights advocate in South Africa. They are the co-conveners of the Steering Committee of Donor Direct Action, a group that is using the Internet to link individuals across the globe with women’s rights organizations in need of funding. 

Steinem is visiting WMU as part of its "Raise Your Voice" lecture series designed to create awareness about violence against women.

Advance registration is not required for her presentation. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Earlene McMichael was WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition from August 2012 through October 2021. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.
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