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Feminist icon visits N.C. to help film, see students

Posted February 28, 2010 8:01 a.m. EST
Updated February 28, 2010 3:25 p.m. EST

— Activist and author Gloria Steinem is raising money for a film and speaking about her life during a visit to North Carolina.

Steinem is in Chapel Hill on Sunday to help three Durham women complete a documentary film about domestic violence. She will attend a fund raiser at Spice Street in University Mall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The feminist leader says "Private Violence" is the best film she's ever seen on the subject.

"'Private Violence' represents a comprehensive outreach effort to end the recurring cycle of domestic abuse," domestic violence advocate and survivor Kit Gruelle said in a statement.

"This film connects the dots between violence in the home and other serious social problems – gangs, drugs, teenage runaways, high school dropouts and bullying," Gruelle continued. "From misdemeanors to murder, domestic violence often is found at the heart of many crimes.”

"Private Violence" – by documentary filmmakers Cynthia Hill and Rebecca Cerese – draws from more than 150 hours of interviews with domestic violence survivors and advocates, pioneering activists and vocal allies of the movement, including Vice President Joseph Biden.

On Monday, Steinem will speak at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus.

Steinem became famous in the 1960s when she went undercover at a Playboy club to expose poor working conditions. She formed the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971 and the following year founded Ms. Magazine, the first national magazine operated by women.