2-November 5, 1996
Steinem Goes on America Online--and on the
Road--to Activate Voters
Gloria" Will Include A Live, Real Time,
Online Interview on Tuesday, October 8,
10p.m. EST, Keyword AOL Live
Dulles, VA, October 2, 1996 -- "Ask Gloria,"
an interactive arena designed by Gloria
Steinem to inform and activate American
voters will debut only on America Online
today. Keyword: Ask Gloria.
While on the campaign trail in more than
fifteen cities, Gloria Steinem will be answering
five questions from AOL subscribers each
day--chosen as most representative of the
email she receives--as well as sending back
everything from inside stories to political
humor. Steinem will also research candidate
platforms and include the positions of Presidential
and Congressional candidates on key issues
when addressing member questions.
idea is to counter the apathy and cynicism
that tells us elections are dull, dirty,
or not important to our everyday lives,"
explained Steinem. "That myth has been created
by the few who couldn't stay in control
if more people voted, and by the media notion
that objectivity means being evenhandedly
negative. India, South Africa, and even
Bosnia turn out a greater percentage of
voters than we do--and that's dangerous."
Gloria" will also contain Gloria's picks
for the best women's political and voter
web sites and political articles from Ms.
Magazine including "The Truth Squad: If
you think the candidates are really the
same, look again," and "Voting as Rebellion".
AOL members will be able to scan through
these and past week's answers throughout
Gloria's" debut will be followed with a
live online interview with Ms. Steinem Tuesday,
October 8 at 10p.m. EST. AOL members who
participate in the forum can submit their
questions to Ms. Steinem at Keyword: AOL
Steinem began reporting on campaigns as
the political columnist for New York Magazine
in 1968. Now the best-selling author of
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,
Revolution from Within, and Moving Beyond
Worlds, she is also a writer and consulting
editor for Ms.
Magazine, the national feminist
magazine she co-founded in 1972; a founder
of the National
Women's Political Caucus; President
Voters for Choice, an independent bi-partisan
political action committee that supports
candidates working for reproductive freedom;
and founding president of the
Ms. Foundation for Women, a national
multi-issue, multi-racial women's fund.
EXCERPTS FROM ASK GLORIA Q&A'S
Other Gloria Steinem features at Feminist.com:
Conversation with Gloria Steinem
Previous Interview with Marianne Schnall (1995 interview)
Leaps of Consciousness (Speech from 2004 Women & Power Conference)