In India, Steinem returns to the roots of her activism

Washington Post

JAIPUR — For nearly six decades, Gloria Steinem has been one of America’s most visible, vocal commanders in the ongoing war for the rights of women, children, minorities and the poor. But few know that Steinem, who turns 80 in March — yes, eight-zero— traces her battle tactics to the two years she spent in India right out of Smith College.

At a time when stories about gang rape and violence against women are much in the news here, Steinem recalled her political epiphany and strategic training while at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, where she is among about 240 writers sharing ideas and hawking their work. Continue Reading.