In the new documentary Not Done, filmmakers follow nearly every protest movement and fight for justice of the past half-decade, from the first Women’s March on Washington in 2017 to the Black Lives Matter movement to the founding of the anti-sexual harassment organization Time’s Up.
The work of the one-hour film, premiering on PBS on Tuesday night, is to find the thread that connects these movements and show just how deeply they are intertwined. If there’s anyone who can follow that thread that back even further into our past, it’s Gloria Steinem.
The activist and author appears in the piece as one of several figures providing context on the growth of activism in the Trump era—and the central conceit that that work is, as the Nov. 3 election approaches, “not done.” “I’ve never seen this much activism in my life,” 86-year-old Steinem says onscreen.
Steinem spoke to Fortune about this surge in activism and the issues that she sees as the most urgent right now—from the potential confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to the presidential election. This interview has been edited and condensed.
Fortune: So much of your career has been about organizing and work that traditionally takes place in person. What have you made of how organizers have had to adapt during this time, whether by organizing virtually, or organizing with safety precautions, as we saw with this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests?
Safety precautions are obviously the single most important thing, but because we live in the age of Zoom, it is possible to organize in a way that would not have previously been possible. When I began, the mimeograph machine was kind of the height of technology. We are learning to innovate and invent. And I’m proud of the people who get out and march.
COVID is teaching us that we are all human—COVID doesn’t recognize class, sex, race. So why should we? It doesn’t recognize national boundaries. So why should we?
So much of this documentary, Not Done, connects the threads of the past half-decade or so, drawing these lines between the Women’s March the Black Lives Matter movement, #MeToo and up through events as recent as the speech that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave on the House floor. If you were to trace that thread a little further back, looking back at your career and life experience over the past several decades, how would you extend that l
Only during COVID-19 is a 50% decline in business considered progress.
But that’s exactly the environment that John Zimmer, president and co-founder of Lyft, says the ride-sharing company is facing. At its worst, business was down 75%, he says, and the company had to reduce its workforce by about 17% earlier this year.
And yet Zimmer remains optimistic. “We’re in a very strong position to weather this storm, and the storms that we have weathered previously were much more difficult,” Zimmer says on this week’s episode of Reinvent, a podcast about fighting to thrive in a world turned upside down by COVID-19.
Reinvent co-host Adam Lashinsky describes Lyft as “the company with nine lives” that continuously faces “these knockdown moments” but keeps getting back up.
Lyft’s struggles have included facing off against its archrival, Uber. Zimmer says that when Uber raised more than $3 billion in 2016, Lyft was told it couldn’t compete. And then before the pandemic hit, Zimmer says the company was “marching toward profitability.”
“Lyft has been improved through adversity and will continue to get stronger,” Zimmer says, “And I do genuinely think we will be stronger on the other side of this.”
Zimmer thinks that there will be an increase in demand for ground transportation post-pandemic as people want “to come together to have a sense of community.”
Ridership is already creeping back up, and Zimmer says that certain demographics—like frontline workers—are using Lyft more than they were pre-pandemic. The company’s bike-sharing programs have also been a bright spot, which have surpassed pre-COVID levels of ridership.
Unlike Uber, Lyft hasn’t diversified its business into areas like food ordering and delivery. “We don’t think the world needs another one of those,” Zimmer says. “It’s also not our specialty. Our focus is on transportation—on going deep on personal transportation.”
However, he noted that delivery as a way for drivers to earn more money is interesting to the company. Lyft has heard directly from retailers and restaurants that they don’t want to pay the 20% to 30% being charged by a service like Uber Eats, he says. “They’re coming to us and saying how could we help them with delivery for their customers,” he adds.
In addition to dramatically decreased ridership, rideshare companies like Lyft are simultaneously facing big regulatory hurdles. The C