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Gloria Steinem is my hero because altruism and being an icon are two parts of being a hero. For example, she was willing to be arrested for her beliefs and became an icon for positive social change. If you are willing to be arrested for helping others get their rights, then that is a good thing to be, thus, why she is my hero.
In 1969, Steinem advocated for the Equal Rights Amendment, which would give both men and women the same rights. This is heroic because it means that everyone will have the same rights, even if they are a woman.
In 1984, Steinem was arrested for disorderly conduct for protesting against apartheid outside of the South African Embassy. This is heroic because she is clearly against an evil system, and is willing to do something about it.
On July 10, 1971, Steinem was one of the three hundred women who founded the National Women's Political Caucus, and even spoke at the Caucus. This is heroic because she wants women in the government to be empowered.
Throughout her life Steinem wrote about the discrimination of women in all professions. This is heroic because she wants people to know about the plight of women, and to get people besides herself to do something about it.
Even though Steinem was dismissed from job opportunities because she was a woman, she never gave up and fought for other women, so they could choose the jobs they wanted, and not have to worry about unequal pay because of their gender.