Feminist author and activist Gloria Steinem visited UCLA Sunday evening for an event titled "Women's Bodies, Women's Votes." The talk covered women's reproductive rights in the context of the 2012 presidential election.
Following the talk, Steinem and guests attended a reception on the UCLA Luskin third floor terrace, where Board of Advisors chair Susan F. Rice spoke in tribute to Steinem's work.
"In 1972 California had no women in the Senate, and Gloria Steinem came out to California on behalf of a woman who was running for a senate seat," Rice said. "It is that leadership she has provided that inspires us.
"She told us tonight that she became a public speaker later in her life," Rice continued. "She is a journalist and was reluctant to become a speaker. But she did. She took a risk. So, let us toast her leadership for all of us."
The event was cosponsored by the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development, the Dean of Social Sciences, UCLA Luskin, the Department of History, the Center for the Study of Women, and the Department of Gender Studies.