Ms. Steinem's early life was spent traveling around the country with her father who sold antiques. I've read several versions of her parents' divorce and when that happened. However the result was she lived with her mentally ill mother as a young girl. Her mother was in and out of mental institutions and Gloria eventually went to live with an older sister. She subsequently studied political science and graduated from Smith Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Steinem was an integral part of the feminist movement in the 60s, 70s and even now is an active member of the movement, speaking at college campuses, making TV appearances, writing and producing documentaries. Her interests extend to domestic and child abuse, and everything that affects women.
I'm including a link from her web page that gives her many many achievements.
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
The Official Website of Author and Activist Gloria Steinem - Who Is Gloria? www.gloriasteinem.com
Information about feminist, author and activist Gloria Steinem