Women Trailblazers: Gloria Steinem Comes To Buffalo

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 7:40 AM EDT

By Joanna Pasceri

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May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 7:40 AM EDT

She has been the face of feminism for more than 40 years. Gloria Steinem was the leader of the women's rights movement in the 60's and 70's.

A strong voice with strong views.

Today, at 79-years old, Steinem is still a passionate and forceful figure in the movement.

She was invited to Buffalo by Planned Parenthood of WNY to mark its 80th year providing reproductive healthcare to women.

This staunch supporter of women has worked fiercely over the years to create more opportunities. She pushed to get more women a seat at the table, but today many are pulling away, and Steinem understands why.

Steinem says women need to turn guilt into anger and start challenging a system that doesn't allow them to balance work and family. It's a change she admits won't happen overnight.

And that's why Steinem is active writing books and touring, but she's not at all nostalgic about her past or her legacy.

She stays focused on the future and says other women should as well.

"Sometimes mothers do say to me my daughter doesn't know who you are," says Steinem. "I always say does she know who she is because that's what's important."