Gloria Steinem Says US is Ready for Female Commander in Chief

ABC News' Cokie Roberts interviews the writer and activist on "This Week."
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time. In this week's Sunday spotlight, Gloria steinem has just released her first book in 20 years, "My life on the road." She sat down with our own cokie Roberts. Reporter: Gloria steinem loved and hated by millions grew up in a world modern Americans wouldn't recognize. Women were legally denied jobs and credit and shut out of prominent positions. But instead of accepting that word, she led a movement to change it. I thought I had to get married and have children. And courtesy of all the women who were speaking out about different kinds of lives I realized I was actually happy. And not everybody has to live the some way. Reporter: You now see people still having those kinds of arguments. I mean, does it wear you out to see what people call the mommy wars? It does drive me crazy. Because, what about daddies? Reporter: There are daddies. Yes, and that's particularly true in the political world. A female candidate is asked, who's going to take care of the children? And the male candidate is never ever asked that question. Yes, absolutely, and a male candidate is applauded for considering the family and what's going to happen to his, you know, deciding whether to run for president. If a woman did the same thing she's often kind of disqualified by that. Reporter: And we're seeing it right now, Paul Ryan saying, as a condition of taking the speakership, that he needed to spend time with his family. And everybody said, oh, isn't that sweet? Yes, right, I recognize that as progress. Reporter: So, though much has changed much has not. What about the biggest possible change? A woman president. Steinem endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008, but didn't think the country was ready for a female commander-in-chief. What made me feel that way was seeing grownup friends of ours, guys in the media who are perfectly serious people, saying things like, about Hillary Clinton, I cross my legs when I see her. She reminds me of my first wife standing outside alimony court. Looking at a powerful woman made them feel they had been regressed to childhood. The last time they saw a pow powerful woman they were 8. Reporter: So, do you think 2016 the country is ready for a woman commander-in-chief? Yes, I do. Reporter: But it's a challenge that Gloria steinem is ready to take on for your candidate, as she has taken on so many others of women that come after her. I skwd if she thought women understood the choices they have. I wouldn't demand gratitude. Reporter: I'd like a little. Well, I think it's really helpful to know what happened in the past. It helps you. Reporter: What's ahead? That's a great question. Because, people are asking me these days, what are you most proud of? Things like that. I haven't done it yet. I live in the future. Reporter: Right. Thanks to cokie for that. That's all for us today. Thank you for sharing part of your Sunday with us. We'll be live from New Hampshire next week. Check out "World news tonight."

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