Leslie Morgan Steiner
Leslie Morgan Steiner is an American feminist, author, and advocate for women's rights.
Life and career
Leslie Anne Morgan was born in Washington, D.C. and is a 1987 graduate of Harvard College and 1992 graduate of the Wharton School of Business. Steiner's first published work was an autobiographical account of her teenage struggle with anorexia nervosa, published in Seventeen in September 1986. The article, "Starving for Perfection", was written under the pseudonym Isabel Johnson and received over 4000 reader letters, at the time a record for Seventeen, and appeared in the 1993 anthology The College Reader.
Steiner went on to work in the Articles Department for Seventeen from 1987-1988. She was a freelance magazine writer and consultant from 1988-1990. She earned an MBA degree in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
Her corporate marketing career included stints at the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago and Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At Johnson & Johnson she launched the low-calorie sweetener ingredient sucralose, also known as Splenda Brand Sweetener, internationally from 1994-2000. She oversaw the public relations program for the sweetener's United States Food and Drug Administration approval on April 1, 1999.
In early 2001 Steiner returned to her hometown of Washington, D.C., to become general manager of The Washington Post Magazine. While working for The Washington Post, Steiner became interested in the struggles of and tensions between American working and stay-at-home mothers. Her anthology, Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face off on their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families was published in 2006 by Random House and the essays by a range of at-home and working mothers such as Jane Smiley, Susan Cheever, Carolyn Hax and Jane Juska generated extensive media interest and controversy among conflicted American mothers, including mommy bloggers, daddy bloggers and publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Steiner continues to interpret the mommy wars, most recently the controversy created by the nomination of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as the Republican Party's vice presidential candidate, and Michelle Obama's position as the first African American first lady.
From 2006 to 2008, Steiner wrote On Balance, an online column exploring work/family conflicts for washingtonpost.com, the Internet site for her employer. On Balance, one of the site's first forays into the blogosphere, quickly became popular among a diverse audience of men and women with and without children. Over the course of two years, Steiner's column became one of the most popular "mommy blogs" on the web. Steiner wrote over 500 columns, and the site accumulated over 100,000 comments from online posters. The readership weighed in with up to 700 comments per day. Over the course of 27 months, 112,898 total comments were submitted by 11,735 different posting names and 16,632 anonymous posters.
Steiner's 2009 memoir Crazy Love, about surviving domestic violence spent three weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Steiner is the author of a popular TED Talk  which tries to explain why victims stay with abusive partners. Her third book, The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy Is Transforming the American Family, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2013, and is the subject of a 2014 TEDTalk about the ethics of global surrogacy.
Steiner has three children and lives in the District of Columbia.
- "Workplace Prof Blog: The Non-Existent Mommy Wars". Lawprofessors.typepad.com. April 20, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- "DadTalk: Columnist Takes Sexist Swipe at Poor Old Dad". Dadtalk.typepad.com. March 31, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- Loh, Sandra Tsing (May 2006). "Rhymes With Rich: One woman's conscientious objection to the "mommy wars"". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- Brooks, Rosa (March 31, 2006). "Mommy wars - a false battle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- "Mommy Wars vs. Daddy Wars". BusinessWeek. May 31, 2006. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- "Mommy Wars: Palin Candidacy Sparks Debate". MSNBC. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
-  Archived August 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Advice for Rihanna from a Woman Who's Been There". YouTube. March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- Official website
- Official Site to Book Leslie Morgan Steiner as a Speaker
- The Diane Rehm Show March 2006
- The Today Show March 2006
- On Balance archived columns
- Mommy Track'D weekly column
- New York Times Mommy Wars excerpt in Modern Love
- CNN Leslie Morgan Steiner Busts the Work/Life Myth
- Newsweek "Smart Moms, Hard Choices"
- Huffington Post columnist Leslie Morgan Steiner
- CNN "Commentary: Michelle Obama"
- TED Talk, From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head