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Gloria Steinem Celebrates Her 85th Birthday With Universal Music Group

“The best gift of the night was Gloria herself, who never ceases to inspire us all,” says executive vp Michele Anthony.

On Tuesday, feminist icon Gloria Steinem rang in her 85th birthday in New York City at an intimate gathering with Universal Music Group to benefit her Ms. Foundation For Women, which builds women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equality and justice for all. There to celebrate with her a handful of music industry power players including UMG executive vp Michele Anthony, Capital Music Group chief operating officer Michelle Jubelirer and classical violinist Ezinma, who has worked with Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Yo Gotti, Mac Miller and more.

“The best gift of the night was Gloria herself, who never ceases to inspire us all,” Anthony tells Billboard. “After we sang ‘Happy Birthday,’ Gloria brought together the 60 women who were there to celebrate her for one of her talking circles, reminding us of the power of being present, the importance of connecting and that being linked means so much more in life than being ranked.”

Anthony has long espoused the virtues of blending philanthropy and music. She chairs the Global Poverty Project’s Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, works with pro-choice organizations and raises money for women writers retreat Hedgebrook. In 2017, she was awarded New York’s Music Visionary of the Year by Jewish philanthropic organization UJA-Federation. “I’m a child of the ’60s,” she told Billboard that year. “So there’s no demarcation between work and ­philanthropy or activism.”

Steinem will be portrayed on the silver screen in a biopic based on her memoir, My Life On the Road. The film, entitled The Glorias: A Life on the Road, features Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore portraying the Ms. Magazine co-founder, activist and journalist at various stages in her life, and Janelle Monae playing Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the women’s and civil rights activist that co-founded the publication. 


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