No word quite describes Gloria Steinem like “fighter.” A driving force behind the modern women’s liberation movement, Steinem shares her struggles — those for gender equality, as well as the strife of her early days and later, a battle against breast cancer — in the new HBO film, “Gloria: In Her Own Words.” One message of the documentary: The fight isn’t over yet.
“If you think of the suffragists [or] abolitionists, movements have to last about 100 years to be really absorbed into a culture,” Steinem says. “And we’re about 40 some years into [women’s rights]. So I don’t know how to break it to you, but I would say we have, like, 60 years to go.”
But take heart, activists: “I’m old, but the movement is young,” the 77-year-old insists. “So I hope people take encouragement from this documentary.”