Did I tell you I met Gloria Steinem? Sat right next to her at a small gathering of progressive-minded women and heard her speak for about 45 minutes.
Do not believe the stereotypes you may have been fed in the past. She has a low, pleasant voice and is soft-spoken, very thoughtful, very gentle in her manner. She possesses tremendous grace and integrity, and I can't see her being construed as strident.
Believe it or not, she does not like conflict. Yet she's moved mountains of thought and resistance in her push to bring women's issues and women's rights to the forefront. She's not mocking, cynical, or nasty. And she speaks her mind carefully, understanding that the weight of her words will have impact.
I say all this because it's important for you to know these things about her. Gloria Steinem has made women's issues her life.
Here is her take on Sarah Palin in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.