Ten years into the life of Ms. magazine, Gloria Steinem sat for this interview with Studs Terkel, at the radio station WFMT in Chicago. The conversation, recorded in 1982, offers a look at the status of American second-wave feminism in the first few years of the Reagan administration.
A few high points: At the eight-minute mark, Steinem talks about her grandmother, who ran for a position on her local school board before women had the right to vote. At 10 minutes, the producer inserts a recording of a wry early-20th-century pro-suffrage song. Steinem tells the Ms. magazine origin story starting at 12 minutes. At 24 minutes, Terkel asks Steinem about the popular sexist belief that the women's movement lacked a sense of humor. And at about 27 minutes, Steinem philosophizes on the place of older women within feminism, saying, “The women’s movement is the one social movement in which people get more radical with age.”
The Steinem conversation was digitized as part of a WFMT initiative that's currently seeking funding to add 1,000 Terkel interviews to the Studs Terkel Digital Archive. Right now, the archive offers a few sample programs, including interviews with Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, and Oliver Sacks.