FORD: Well, we are going to try to ratchet up the pressure. The violence that the Syrian government is inflicting on Syrian protesters, from our point of view, is grotesque. It's abhorrent, not just from our point of view, from the point of view of the entire international community. And so we are looking at additional unilateral measures, but also measures that we can work with partners to get the Syrian government to stop shooting protesters, to release political prisoners, and to stop these arrest campaigns.
AMANPOUR: Ambassador, thank you very much for joining us.
FORD: My pleasure.
AMANPOUR: And you can hear more of what Ambassador Ford had say about American's attempts to ramp up that pressure on Syria online at abcnews.com/thisweek.
And up next, Gloria Steinem on the cracks in the political glass ceiling. The feminist icon on women and politics in the age of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Stay with us.
AMANPOUR: Gloria Steinem began her career as a journalist, relegated, as many women were, to writing fluffy features. But in 1963, Steinem decided to take on Playboy, and that's when everything began to change. She tells a story in a new HBO documentary, "Gloria: In Her Own Words," premiering August 15th. Watch this clip.
STEINEM: I did this bunny assignment.
HEFNER: My name is Hugh Hefner, and I'm editor-publisher of Playboy magazine.
STEINEM: I worked as a Playboy bunny in order to write an expose of what the working conditions were.
HEFNER: I started with a personal investment of $600. In eight years, I've built an empire worth $20 million.
STEINEM: It was being presented as a glamorous place. It was not the glamorous place that Hugh Hefner was trying to sell it as.
(UNKNOWN): You were a bunny girl for a while, an undercover bunny girl?
STEINEM: Yeah, yeah. To write a story, I changed my name, and went -- I thought I would get through, you know, a few auditions and write about the auditions, but they were so desperate for people that I kept going on and on, and I ended up working off and on for about a month.
I read all the ads, you know, that you were supposed to get $300 a week and it was this, you know, wonderful job. I was hired, but I had to go through the training course, which is at your own expense.
(UNKNOWN): Reverse. There you go. Fast, fast. OK, then a real high carry (ph). Oh, there you go. Whoa.
STEINEM: It was horrible. There was nothing fun about it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
AMANPOUR: Gloria Steinem joins me now.
Thank you for being with us.
STEINEM: No, thank you.
AMANPOUR: That clip, has it dogged you or your career, if you like, or were you the dogged investigative reporter?
STEINEM: Well, I thought I was the dogged investigative reporter. And I was really glad that the working conditions changed somewhat and you no longer had to have an internal exam and a venereal disease test to be a waitress, excuse me? That's what they were telling...
AMANPOUR: That's what was going on?