Big, beautiful graphic on the front of New York Times' "Sunday Review."
Who would not want that for her 80th birthday? (Artist: Rachell Sumpter)
Though mine was celebrated more modestly, less publically, than Gloria Steinem's, I'm fine with that. If you're a thinking woman who has lived through all the changes over these years, you know how important Gloria has been to American feminism, to all women and girls. There are others, of course. Many whom we need to know more about before they are simply Archive footnotes on a future website.
Missing in the thoughtful article by Gail Collins was whether this birthday brought her what many octogenarians share: piling up health issues. No toothaches, no newly-creaking joints?
Gloria Steinem seems free from all that. Wrong. A look at her Wikipedia page shows otherwise. But, as always, she's aware that this prominent New York Times article, in women's history month, on her own birthday, is an opportunity to continue the primary focus of her adult life: the message and the actions of feminism.
Her eye is always on the message. And for that I am very grateful.