Eleanor Smeal

Eleanor Smeal is a feminist activist, political analyst, lobbyist and grassroots organizer. She has served as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) twice. Since 2001, Ms. Smeal is also the publisher of Ms. magazine which is owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation. Ms. Smeal has appeared frequently on radio and television, including The Today Show, Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live and Crossfire, and has testified before Congress on women's issues. As one of the major leaders of the modern day feminist movement, she has organized numerous events around and given speeches on the concepts of feminism, equality and human rights as they pertain to people in and outside of the United States. Her 1984 book, How and Why Women Will Elect the Next President, successfully identified a "gender gap" in politics. Ms. Smeal is the recipient of several awards for her work for feminism and human rights.