University raises more than $2 million for Gloria Steinem endowed chair

Gloria Steinem. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for AOL)

After slightly more than a year of fundraising, Rutgers University announced they had surpassed $2 million of the necessary $3 million in donations needed for their campaign to create an endowed chair in honor of modern American feminist Gloria Steinem. The chair, created with the goal of finding ways to diversify voices in media and information technology, is a unique collaboration between Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), School of Communication and Information, and the Department of Women’s and Gender studies.

While endowed chairs are typically named after a single donor, so far more than 250 individuals and 12 foundations have contributed. “Never before has a chair been named for a feminist icon who is still alive,” said Alison Bernstein, director of the IWL, who proposed the idea of the Gloria Steinem chair.

A 2015 report from the Steinem-founded Women’s Media Center revealed women continue to lack representation in American media — in some cases, drastically. The university hopes to raise the remaining $900,000 needed for the chair by Steinem’s 82nd birthday, on March 25.

Read the full story at Ms. Magazine.


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