During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.
“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid.
Two days ago, Council Speaker Christine Quinn pivoted away from the Anthony Weiner brouhaha by pointing to the fact that if she emerges victorious from this year’s mayoral race, she’d be the first woman to occupy Gracie Mansion.
In a new online advertisement today featuring political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, the Quinn campaign continued this focus.
Tuesday night on the rooftop of Refinery, Cinema Society, co-sponsoring the premiere of Lovelace with MCM and Grey Goose, played host to the movie’s stars and their A-list friends. Hopefully this won’t come off as offensive, but feminist scholar and anti-pornography activist Catharine MacKinnon, sitting Indian-style with her shoes off in a cut-out gothic gown, exuded more sex appeal than the rest of the partygoers combined. That’s not knocking the revelers, who included James Marsden, Zosia Mamet, Carrie Preston (who graciously received congrats on her Emmy nod for The Good Wife) and a rebounded Zachary Quinto.
Lovelace cast members Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Gattas and Chris Noth found themselves in a tight squeeze in the VIP section, trying to make room for other A-listers like Justin Long, Debbie Bancroft, Sharon Stone, Gloria Steinem, Lovelace writer Andy Bellin, Nannette Lepore and a spirited Zac Posen, who told The Observer that he used to be Lena Dunham‘s babysitter. (Must be the Saint Ann’s connection.)
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It would be very easy for Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a candidate for the Democratic mayoral nomination this year, to support a bill that would impose onerous mandates on employers to allow paid sick leave for employees. Her Democratic rivals support the bill, and now Ms. Quinn is being pressured by some of her prominent Read More
From co-founding Ms. Magazine to posing undercover as a Playboy Bunny, Gloria Steinem is, and will always be, protest girl extraordinaire. Though her hair may have grayed with 77 years of activism and antiestablishment essays, Ms. Steinem’s still got that mutinous gleam in her eye, that scintillating dissident sparkle. Tonight, she discusses her global travels Read More
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Vanity Fair examines the risks inherent in taking on a “baby agent”–that is, one in the early twenties. They’re better, though, than “in utero agents” in their teens; those little jerks just roll your eyes when you try to get them to do anything!
Scott Rudin has won the Read More
Gloria Steinem either was or was not interested in talking about The Playboy Club, the upcoming NBC series depicting the milieu in the buxom-bunny warrens where she’d worked, undercover, in the 1960s. “It’s defunct, it doesn’t exist anymore,” she told The Transom, adding to comments in another interview in which she told Reuters she hoped Read More
At this week’s luncheon in her honor, Gloria Steinem scooped herself by announcing to The Observer that she had an Op-Ed forthcoming in this week’s Sunday Times about her visit to South Korea, where she witnessed women’s groups fighting for peace. We asked her about her statements regarding the upcoming Playboy Club TV series (she’s, Read More
The writer Gloria Steinem, who went undercover as a scantily-clad Bunny in order to report on conditions at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Clubs, is encouraging viewers to avoid NBC’s new series The Playboy Club. The show, which seems to crib from Mad Men‘s retro-cool style while depicting the trials and tribulations undergone Read More
Reshma Saujani kicked off her congressional campaign standing on a bench inside a coffee shop on 13th Street called “Everyman Espresso.”
The next morning, Rep. Carolyn Maloney hosted a star-studded fund-raising breakfast at the Yale Club that brought in about $100,000, her aides said.
The Democratic primary on Manhattan’s East Side is officially Read More