Gloria Steinem, American feminist writer and editor, is a most uncommon woman. An untiring activist for women’s rights, a ceaseless campaigner for social justice, this poster girl of the feminist movement and the ‘It girl’ of the 1960s has mellowed into a seasoned yet influential writer and thinker. However, during a career spanning five decades she has remained steadfastly non traditional, always thinking outside the box consistently refusing to conform. Co-founder of the New York Magazine and Ms., she has been a prodigiously prolific writer and speaker, drawing attention to issues of race, sex, ethnicity, conflict and abuse in their many forms; but her prism for viewing the world has remained a feminist one. On a recent visit to New Delhi, to deliver a lecture on Feminist Approaches to Combating Sex Trafficking and Prostitution organised by a women’s self-help group, Apne Aap. Steinem spoke to the Herald about the compulsions and contradictions of the global feminist movement today.