Gloria Steinem was called ‘Pushy’ in 1971. Watch her reaction!
- IWB Post
- March 28, 2015
Revisited by WifeyTV in honor of Steinem’s 81st birthday, a1971 CBC Archives clip shows the feminist writer and activist reacting to critics who call her “pushy” and a “bitch.”
Steinem said that what upset her most was the use of the word “bitch.” She continued:
What I’ve come to understand lately is it’s not always personal. Because I keep meeting women who I’ve heard all my life are bitchy and pushy and so on and so forth – I meet them and they’re nice, compassionate people. If you don’t play your role, if you dare to aspire to something then you get [called a bitch] automatically, but it’s hard for me to remember that.
The month of Women’s History is approaching to its end. However, certain things still refuse to be a history. Today as well women react to being called ‘pushy’ just for being insisting on getting what she deserves, just for following her dreams. So. the lesson of 1970s stays valid for the history of women in the 21st century.