Gloria Steinem served as director of the CIA-funded Independent Research Service from 1958-62. It was her responsibility to organize US students, scholars and writers to attend the yearly World Youth Festival, to observe and takes notes on foreign participants, to distribute pamphlets, flyers and books and to edit a daily propaganda newspaper.
In 1967 Ramparts magazine exposed both the Independent Research Service and the National Student Association as CIA front organizations. Fearing unflattering publicity, Steinem gave interviews to both the New York Times and the Washington Post defending her CIA work (see video below).
In 1960 Clay Felker, a CIA-linked Independent Research Service staffer who accompanied Steinem to the Helsinki World Youth Festival in 1962, became the editor of Esquire magazine, where he published many of Steinem’s early feminist articles. In 1968 Felker started New York magazine, and in 1971 he hired Steinem as contributing editor. It was Felker who published the first edition of Ms Magazine as a New York magazine insert.
Interestingly Ms Magazine‘s first publisher was Elizabeth Forsling Harris, a CIA-connected PR executive who planned John Kennedy’s Dallas motorcade route.
Gloria Steinem Discussing Her Time in the CIA
Published on Apr 19, 2012
Did the CIA Use Gloria Steinem to Subvert the Feminist Movement?
Author: Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Oct 13, 2015
Gloria Steinem: How the CIA Used Feminism to Destabilize Society
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
Updated from March 18, 2002