From SVA:

Writer, activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be the keynote speaker at the College's 41st annual commencement exercises, to be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 9 at the landmark Radio City Music Hall in New York City (watch the live stream here). SVA President David Rhodes will confer BFA, MA, MAT, MFA and MPS degrees on some 1,170 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates enrolled in the College's 32 academic programs.

Gloria Steinem is known throughout the world for her groundbreaking work as a writer, lecturer and political activist and organizer focused on issues of equality, gender roles, child abuse, nonviolent conflict resolution and indigenous peoples and cultures. A champion of women's and children's rights, Steinem co-founded Take Our Daughters to Work Day as well as numerous national and international organizations centered around self esteem, race, education, voting, reproduction, including the Women's Action Alliance, National Women's Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, Choice USA (now URGE) and the Ms. Foundation for Women. International organizations she has co-founded include Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa.

Steinem's contributions to the publishing world started in the 1970s, when she reported widely read and influential pieces on feminism, culture and politics and co-founded two iconic magazines, Ms. and New York. Her books include the bestsellers My Life on the RoadRevolution from Within: A Book of Self-EsteemOutrageous Acts and Everyday RebellionsMoving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean. Her writing appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of Houghton Mifflin's The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, the James Weldon Johnson Award for Journalism, the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Women's Sports Journalism Award and the 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award... (continue reading)