Gloria Steinem

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Journalist, Writer (1934)
Wed Dec 11 2019
By   Manish

American journalist, Gloria Steinem is well known for her feminist works and the feminist movement during the time of 90s. She came to prominence after she wrote news with the title, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation", which is about the revolution of women empowerment. For her notable works, she received numerous accolades and honors, including two Primetime Emmy Award recognition.

Steinem was born as Gloria Marie Steinem on 25th March 1934, in Toledo, Ohio, United States. She is the daughter of Ruth Nuneviller and Leo Steinem. She, moreover, hails from a mixed ethnic background. Concerning education, Gloria graduated from Smith College with Bachelor's degree in Arts. To know more in detail about Steinem's personal life, read the article till the end.

Gloria & Late David Bale's Married Life

American feminist, Gloria was married to an English businessman, David Bale. The couple exchanged their wedding vows on 3rd September 2000, at the Adair County home of Wilma Mankiller (who's a good friend of Steinem) in Iowa.

At the time of their wedding, the pair invited their close family relatives and friends, including Nicole Vandenberg. Similarly, the bride was seven years older than the groom, but they didn't hesitate about their age gap and maintained a blissful relationship.

Gloria Steinem with her late husband, David Bale
Picture: Gloria Steinem was with her husband, David Bale during the time of Bale's demise. 
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The couple met for the first time at a function of Voters for Choice, a political action committee, in which Steinem volunteer Bale, who was a fundraiser during the period. After working together for a while, the duo became friends and found their business and social interests. Later, they began dating and got engaged after a few months.

After spending two happy years in a blissful relationship, Steinem's husband was hospitalized after a sudden brain injury found in July 2003. Sadly, her husband died on 30th December 2003, due to brain lymphoma. At the age of 62, David was buried in Santa Monica, California, by their family and close relatives.

Step-Mother of Four Children

The award-winning journalist, Gloria did not have any biological children. But, she became the step-mother of four children, Louise Bale (born on 22nd July 1972), Christian Bale (born on 30th January 1974), Sharon Bale, and Erin Bale after getting married to David. These children are from David's previous marital relationships.

Gloria Steinem's late husband, David Bale with his children
Photo: Gloria Steinem's late husband, David Bale walking down the road with his kids. 
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Steinem's older step-daughter, Louise is an American actress, who acted in the short action-adventure movie, The Death of Batman in 2003. Likewise, her second step-son, Christian is also an actor who recently featured as Ken Miles in the sports drama movie; Ford v Ferrari.

Steinem's Husband (Bale)'s Past Marital Records

Gloria's spouse, David was married to his first wife, Sandra Keunen in a private ceremony held between their close ones. Nevertheless, their marriage didn't take place, and divorced in 1964. After their divorce, David took responsibility for their child, Louise.

Bale, further, married to his second wife, Jennifer James with whom he shared three adorable children, including Sharon, Erin, and Christian. The duo tied the knot in 1972, but their marriage also ended with a divorce, and David took custody of their kids.

Gloria Steinem dancing with Mort Zuckerman
Photo: Gloria Steinem and Mort Zuckerman in New York City, New York on 22nd January 1986. 
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Just like her late spouse, Gloria dated an American media proprietor, Mortimer Zuckerman. In an interview, Steinem said that she was linked in a four-year affair with Zuckerman while she was serving as a Ms magazine in 2014. However, there was no intense speculation on their relationship, and Steinem said the proof of their pictures together were erased after they split up.

Net Worth - $3 Million

Gloria Steinem has a net value of $3 Million as of 2021. She earns a handsome remuneration from her profession. As per Payscale, the average salary of a journalist is $41,624. So, her annual income might be in the same range. Just like her, some other journalists, including Savannah Guthrie and Anna Quindlen are making a fruitful payroll from their works.

As an actress, Gloria also brought feminism to the entertainment industry while featuring in many successful movies related to the feminist movement. She initially appeared in the comedy movie, The First Wives Club in 1996, which grossed $181 Million, against $30 Million.

Steinem then made her appearance in the dystopian political thriller movie, V for Vendetta, where she acted under the direction of James McTeigue in 2005. The film earned $70,511,035 in North America and $62 Million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $132,511,035 with a production budget of $54 Million.

Faced Criticism Over Pornography

The national fame feminist leader, Gloria was criticized for pornography when she distinguished some topic on erotica. She then expressed her opinions on the argument where she proclaimed that the women's community towards male-dominated society. She further added some statement on the criticism, where she stated,

"Erotica is as different from pornography as love is from rape, as dignity is from humiliation, as partnership is from slavery, as pleasure is from pain."

Video: Gloria Steinem talks about feminism

On the difference of opinion of erotic and pornography, Gloria also said,

"Blatant or subtle, pornography involves no equal power or mutuality. In fact, much of the tension and drama comes from the clear idea that one person is dominating the other."

The feminist asserted that sexuality, whether both genders issues about same-sex pornography, which include male-male gay sex intercourse. However, she later claimed that pornography "snuff films" is a threat to females.

Books about Feminism

The 857-year-old writer, Gloria wrote her first book, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem on 20th January 1993. The book is about the social revolution against injustice, which garnered four and a half from 74 ratings. As of now, the book is listed at $16.68 in paperback, which includes 98 used ($1.29), 21 new ($8.88), and 11 collectible ($6.18).

The frame of Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem
Frame: Gloria Steinem wrote her first book, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem. 
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Steinem's second book, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: Second Edition, in which she expresses her phenomenally successful career in journalism. Currently, the price of her book costs $12.89, which consists of 37 used ($2.80) and 28 new ($12.89).

The frame of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: Second Edition
Image: Gloria Steinem's second book is Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: Second Edition. 
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On 23rd August 2016, Steinem wrote a new book, My Life on the Road, which won the New York Times Best Seller and One of Oprah Magazine's Ten Favorite Books of the Year. The book is listed at $13.48 in paperback that includes 108 used ($1.85), 39 new ($5.57), and four collectible ($25.00).

The cover of  My Life on the Road
Frame: Gloria Steinem wrote a new book, My Life on the Road. 
Source: Amazon

Gloria also wrote many notable books about feminism, including Wonder Woman: Featuring over Five Decades of Great Covers, Moving Beyond Words, and various others.

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