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Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feministjournalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine. In 1969, she published an article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader. In 2005, Steinem worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co-found the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Steinem currently…

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  • I'd like to talk about Pinterest. I've quoted today's post from Paul Sciarra, one of the site's co-founders. I recently joined Pinterest to use it as a virtual manifestation board- you, know, those new-agey posters people make with cut-outs of the fancy car they want, and their dream house? Turns out, based on what Sciarra says, I am using the site exactly as it is meant to be used: as an "an online take on the time-honored tradition of collecting your favorite things in photo-albums, on refrigerators, in dog-eared stacks of clippings, or, of course, on physical cork-boards." I never guessed that once I "traveled" to this new social site- I can't quite call it social media or social networking. More like social gossip? I realized what an amazing tool we marketers of retail products have in Pinterest. I haven't spent much time plumbing the depths of this site on behalf of my clients, but I can promise you, I will. In the meantime, I have a question for you, dear reader. We know that a recommendation for a particular store or brand or book carries more weight coming from a friend. Do you find yourself placing the same amount of weight in a recommendation from an actual real-person friend whose Pinterest board you follow as you do in any old Pinterest pinner's recommendations? I find, it doesn't really matter to me- if I like something when I see it, then I like it, no matter if I truly know the person who pinned it or not. You? http://blog.pinterest.com/post/20380014788/from-pinterest-co-founder-paul-sciarra From Pinterest Co-Founder, Paul Sciarra I consider myself an incredibly lucky guy. For the last three and a half years, I have had the privilege of helping to found the company that — after fits and starts and lots of awkward half-ste half-steps — hasbecome Pinterest.Following a failed first product, Ben, Evan, and I started work onPinterest with a simple idea: make an internet service where peoplecan create and share collections of images — an online take on thetime-honored tradition of collecting your favorite things inphoto-albums, on refrigerators, in dog-eared stacks of clippings, or,of course, on physical cork-boards.Although it’s hard to imagine today, I lost sleep when we launched thefirst version in early 2010 over whether anyone except a handful ofclose family and guilt-ridden friends would ever use it.  Now,millions of people from all over the world use Pinterest, and it’s ona trajectory to make pinners of so many more!

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