Clothing company Lands' End apologized to consumers for featuring an interview with Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog. The company has also removed references to her from their website.
The company on Tuesday removed a feature on Steinem from its website after customers complained about her support for abortion rights, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The retailer on Wednesday issued an apology after offended customers complained, including by flooding the company's Facebook page with hundreds of comments and vows to stop shopping the stores.
"We understand that some of our customers were offended by the inclusion of an interview in a recent catalog with Gloria Steinem on her quest for women's equality," the company said in a statement. "We thought it was a good idea and we heard from our customers that, for different reasons, it wasn't."
Steinem was featured as part of the "Legend Series" and was interviewed by Lands End CEO Frederica Marchionni. The series features people "who have made a difference in both their respective industries and the world at large."
"Our goal was to feature individuals with different interests and backgrounds that have made a difference for our new Legends Series, not to take any political or religious stance," the statement said.
CBS News reports:
At least two private religious schools also have weighed in, saying they plan to stop purchasing uniforms from Lands' End and are urging others to do the same. In a letter to the company, Missouri College of the Ozarks administrator Sue Head said its decision to feature a "well-known abortion activist" helped lead to the school's decision to shop elsewhere. Head said the college has spent more than $150,000 in the company's uniform division.