Gloria Steinem is executive producing and starring in a new TV series. The journalist, political activist and feminist will host “Woman,” which premiered May 10 on the Vice and A&E network Viceland.
The program investigates how violence against women drives global instability.
Said Steinem: “Polarized gender roles are the mark of terrorist groups and violent societies. More than poverty, natural resources, religion or degree of democracy, violence against females is the most reliable predictor of whether a nation will be violent within itself or will use violence against another country — and gender violence has become so great that for the first time, there are now fewer females on earth than males.”
Steinem leads an all-female team of journalists who are overseeing the development and production of the series.
Viceland says in its announcement that the show’s lineup will include reports on the impact of sexual violence in DRC; the epidemic of femicides in El Salvador; the prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. military; the devastating effect on American society of incarcerating mothers of young children; and a special episode produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on how the rise of extremism in Pakistan is both rooted in and reflected by violence toward women.
Joining Steinem as executive producers are Nomi Ernst Leidner and Ariel Wengroff of Viceland and Amy Richards of Soapbox.
Here’s a trailer …