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Few events in my life seem to be those that I'll look back on years later and think, "wow, was I supremely lucky!?" Last night was one of those events. I was able to attend the premiere of PBS's documentary MAKERS: the Women Who Make America. It's a three-hour documentary about the history of the women's movement. Needless to say, this was right up my Badass Chick alley, and I was enthralled. It was one of those nights where, after being in a room surrounded by these Makers themselves, I felt empowered to change the world. And then, it happened: after the premiere, Gloria Steinem (one of the original Badass Chicks) walked out on stage. I felt humbled, privileged and awed to have been in the same room as her, breathing the same air as her. Gloria became the face of the Women's Liberation movement in the 60s and 70s. She essentially became the media spokeswoman, and it had a lot to do with the fact that she was not only drop-dead gorgeous, but well-spoken, well-educated and gave off a great vibe. Gloria began working as a journalist in the 60s and did everything she could to write about the issues affecting women thatweren't being written about (think: abortion, domestic violence, etc). She wrote for New York Magazine, and co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, a magazine that was expected to flop but instead sold out immediately, and still is in existence today. At 78, her work is ongoing and she continues to inspire Badass Chicks everywhere. I can't do justice to her accomplishments... so you need to read up on her and be sure to set your DVR to watch MAKERS: The Women Who Make America airing 2/28 at 8p on PBS and learn more about it here. Gloria Steinem, you are my (ultimate!) Badass Chick!