In a wide-ranging interview, feminist icon Gloria Steinem told Refinery29 last Tuesday that climate change can be directly correlated to a lack of abortion.
The 83-year-old Steinem who helped popularize the controversial “I got an abortion” T-shirt, and who has been outspoken on women’s reproductive rights for decades, told the website that climate change is a “feminist issue” because world overpopulation could have been avoided if abortions were more readily accessible to women.
“Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population,” she said. “If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change. Even if the Vatican doesn’t tell us that. In addition to that, because women are the major agricultural workers in the world, and also the carriers of water and the feeders of families and so on, it’s a disproportionate burden.”
During the interview, Steinem also took the opportunity to take a swipe at first daughter Ivanka Trump.
When asked by the interviewer if she thought that Trump was a feminist, Steinem said, “Nobody on earth thinks she’s a feminist, are you kidding me?” and noted that Trump doesn’t even try for feminism.
“I have not seen her standing up and saying women should have a right to control their own bodies and decide when and whether to have children, no,” Steinem said.
“I saw her being interviewed by Cosmopolitan, and she was asked about her maternity leave policy, but it’s only if you physically give birth. It’s not for adoptive parents, not for fathers. That happens to be the same policy as every authoritarian regime on Earth that I know of, including Hitler’s Germany,” Steinem said. “I’m not saying that she knows this, but were paying women to have children. By accident, perhaps, that’s her policy. So it’s perfectly natural for the to say ‘What about fathers, what about adoptive parents?’ And when she asked that question, Ivanka stopped the interview.”