Celebrated as one of the godmothers of the modern women’s liberation movement alongside reconstructionist Betty Friedan, feminist, journalist, political activist, and equality exponent Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934) has spent more than half a century campaigning tenaciously against a range of gender discrimination laws, championing equal treatment for men and women, and advocating for women’s reproductive rights.
A co-founder of iconic feminist magazine Ms., the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Steinem has been actively involved in a number of organizations promoting social reform that levels opportunities for the sexes, most recently co-founding the Women’s Media Center alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan with the aim of amplifying women’s voices in a severely skewed media landscape.
With her lectures and magazine articles, Steinem has been tirelessly claiming feminism back from the grip of pontifical academic “discourse” — a word she came to particularly detest for its pedantic pretense — consistently reeling the conversation back into the real, living, public dream of a common language (to borrow from Adrienne Rich’s eloquence) where it belongs.
“The meaning of feminism hasn’t changed, but it’s deepened,” Steinem poignantly observed— a remark at once timeless and timelier than ever.
Ghost signs are old hand painted signs that have been faded by time. Dr Stefan Schutt at Victoria University began The Ghost Map Project as an offshoot of his senior thesis at Drexel University. In the course of collecting material, and through his love of typography, he became curious about and enamored by the number of mysterious eroded signs painted on the sides of buildings throughout the city. When the immense Jack Frost sugar refinery on Delaware Avenue was being demolished, he grabbed his camera to document the old signage before it was gone. He began to attempt to save these signs from all the areas of Philadelphia, and decided to put them online and map them for others to discover.
This is my body.