'This Week' Transcript: S&P's John Chambers, Governor Martin O'Malley and Senator Jeff Sessions

STEINEM: No. The Republican Party used to be more feminist than the Democratic Party. It's that it has become so extremist and so taken over by people who used to be Democrats, a lot of them, like Jesse Helms and so on.

So it -- it now finds itself in a position of having in its platform issues which are not supported by a majority of women, indeed, are -- are opposed by most.

So it's -- they -- you know, as soon as Hillary Clinton won so many votes, I said there's going to be a Republican female vice president, you know, because, you know, they are not -- they don't seem to understand it's not about biology, that it's about issues.

AMANPOUR: And what about the struggle -- I mean, I looked at the HBO documentary and I saw that encounter you had with Larry King on CNN, where a woman called in and said, "May Gloria Steinem rot in Hell." Do you still find sort of a hostility to the principles, to the activism?

STEINEM: No, not really. I mean, it's very rare. I mean, you just have to...

AMANPOUR: Were you shocked by that, then?

STEINEM: Yes, I was surprised by that then, yeah. But then, of course, there was somebody sifting the calls to make sure they had a controversial caller, you know, as I discovered later. But...

AMANPOUR: But, you know, there are a lot of people who get through.

STEINEM: Right. But -- no, no, I mean, there are -- the point is to be able to choose, to have the power to make a choice, right? And the reason that social justice movements win is because they support choice, not one point of view. The reason that the current Republican issues, and so on, especially on reproductive freedom, lose is because they're forbidding one point of view. They're saying you have to behave like us.

AMANPOUR: Gloria Steinem, thank you very much for being with us. And her documentary, "Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words," on HBO.

And we'll be right back with the Sunday funnies.

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AMANPOUR: And now, the Sunday funnies.

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FALLON: Man, it's been a tough time for the economy, but this week, President Obama declared that, quote, "Things will get better." And then he opened his eyes and blew out the candles on his birthday cake. It was...

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COLBERT: ... completely inappropriate for the president to turn a year older when the nation is in crisis. It's not the first time Obama has pulled this stunt. I have learned that Barack Obama has selfishly celebrated a birthday during every crisis for the last 50 years.

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O'BRIEN: This is crazy. Several Fox News hosts criticized Spongebob Squarepants -- yeah -- for pushing a, quote, "global warming agenda." Yeah. Yeah, then things got really ugly when they demanded to see Dora the Explorer's immigration papers.

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AMANPOUR: We'll be right back.

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AMANPOUR: And now, "In Memoriam."

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(UNKNOWN): That's good, Hightower.

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AMANPOUR: And we remember all of those who died in war this week. The Pentagon has yet to release the identities of the Americans who were killed yesterday in the single deadliest attack of the war in Afghanistan, but we have learned the names of 17 soldiers and Marines who were killed the days before.

We'll be right back.

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AMANPOUR: That's our program this week. Be sure to watch "World News" with David Muir tonight for all the latest. And for all of us here, thanks for watching. We'll see you next week.

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