Writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem visited campus in February 2008 as part of Appalachian State University's Forum Lecture Series, which brings prominent speakers to campus. She gave a public lecture on the progress of feminism. She also met with students, listening to their dreams and concerns and encouraging them to follow their passions.
Steinem has been a leader in the U.S. women's liberation movement for 40 years. She is the author of the bestselling books "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" and "Revolution from Within." Among her credits, she co-founded Ms. magazine, the first national feminist magazine, and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She also helped found The National Women's Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, The Women's Action Alliance and the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
Appalachian sponsors the Forum Lecture Series to promote the exchange of ideas. Sometimes challenging, sometimes controversial, the speakers enliven campus dialogue. They bring awareness to issues of concern in society and help students think critically about those issues.