Gloria Steinem on feminism: 'We are not crazy, the system is crazy'

At 85-year-old Gloria Steinem is still not done pioneering the women's movement.

The iconic activist and writer attended Thursday night's DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum to present Anita Hill with the Lifetime Leadership Award for her incredible strength throughout her career to demand race and gender equality and eradicate sexual harassment.

"She didn't ask to play this role, but when called upon she came forward with enormous courage and told the truth. That was the first big consciousness raising in this country because it was on television. She suffered terribly because she was not believed and the witnesses that could have supported her testimony were not called. She maintained her dignity throughout and she saved our sanity and I hope that we can give her our gratitude," Steinem exclusively told AOL about Hill.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg and Fran Lebowitz attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Anita Hill and Gloria Steinem pose for a photo during the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem speaks onstage at the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Anita Hill (L) and Gloria Steinem attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem speaks onstage during 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem and Arianna Huffington at the 10th Annual DVF Awards held at the Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem at the 10th Annual DVF Awards held at the Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Anita Hill, Gloria Steinem and Fran Lebowitz attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Front Row, Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi, Anita Hill, Katy Perry, Susan Burton, Nadia Murad; Back Row, Allison Williams, Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington, Julia Stiles, Diane von Furstenberg attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Nadia Murad, Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi, Gloria Steinem, Anita Hill, Elaine Welteroth, Diane von Furstenberg, Arianna Huffington, Allison Williams, Katy Perry, Chloe Bailey, and Halle Bailey attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
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Steinem, who recently celebrated her 85th birthday, has seen the waves of feminism (or lack thereof) come and go since the late 1960s. From the Vietnam War to modern day crusades such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, the activist is excited about where we are and where we are heading.

"It's exciting to realize that we are not crazy, the system is crazy. It's now a majority understanding, so we are no longer a little group over here, which is still important, but it is a majority in all of the public opinion polls and that's great victory," Steinem said. "That also means we have a backlash -- a third of the country that's mad and is still into the hierarchy of race and sex. They did not elect a president because he was not elected but they have a president."

The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women. These are women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Diane von Furstenberg attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Katy Perry attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Allison Williams attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Julia Stiles attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Nicky Hilton Rothschild attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Maye Musk attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Anita Hil attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Tessa Gräfin von Walderdorff Hilton attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Seth Meyers (L) and Alexi Ashe attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Arianna Huffington attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Elaine Welteroth attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Susan Burton attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Olivia Palermo attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Coco Rocha attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg and Fran Lebowitz attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Chloe Bailey, Katy Perry and Halle Bailey attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Allison Williams, Katy Perry, Talita von Furstenberg, Diane von Furstenberg, Arianna Huffington and Anita Hill attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Katy Perry (L) and Maye Musk attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Anita Hill (L) and Gloria Steinem attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Katy Perry speaks onstage during 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Gloria Steinem speaks onstage during 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Elaine Welteroth speaks onstage at the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Fran Lebowitz attends 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: DJ Vashtie Kola attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Sarah Jones attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Lameka Fox attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Lola Ogunnaike attends the 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11: (L-R) Nadia Murad, Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi, Gloria Steinem, Anita Hill, Elaine Welteroth, Diane von Furstenberg, Arianna Huffington, Allison Williams, Katy Perry, Chloe Bailey, and Halle Bailey attend 10th Annual DVF Awards at Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DVF Awards)
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