Asha Prihar

Journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem is among this year’s cohort of honorary degree recipients.

On Sunday evening, Steinem was spotted entering the Yale Center for British Art, where the University held its annual reception celebrating those who will receive an honorary degree during Commencement on Monday. Three attendees at the event confirmed that Steinem was present.

Steinem was a co-founder of New York Magazine and the feminist publication Ms. Magazine. Beyond print journalism, Steinem produced several documentaries, including one for HBO on child abuse and an eight-part series for VICELAND about violence against women. She has also written numerous best-selling books such as “Revolution from Within.” In 2013, Steinem received a Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor — from former U.S. President Barack Obama.

During the 2007-08 academic year, Steinem was named one of Yale’s Chubb Fellows — nationally and internationally recognized figures who are invited each year by the Head of Timothy Dwight College to give a public lecture and “participate as fully as possible in the life of the College and the wider Yale community,” according to the program’s website. The Chubb Fellowship is “Yale’s highest honors for a visiting lecturer,” the website states.

Since the Commencement of 1702, the Yale Corporation has presented honorary degrees to people who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields — the highest honor conferred by the University. Last year, the University awarded 10 honorary doctorates, including to Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett ’80 DRA ’83 and prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Asha Prihar served as managing editor of the News during the 2019-20 academic year. Before that, she covered community service, Yale's professional schools and undergraduate student life as a staff reporter. She is a senior in Silliman College studying political science.