“I don’t mean to over-generalize … but men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age,” Steinem responded.
“So it’s kind of not fair to measure most women by the standard of most men, because they’re going to get more activist as they get older,” she added.
“And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”
Maher joked that if he had chalked up Bernie’s support among young women to their desire to meet boys, Steinem would have slapped him.
“No I wouldn’t, no I wouldn’t … because the boys are … How well do you know me?” Steinem responded, laughing off the remark.
Sanders won 84 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, with Clinton getting 14 percent among the group.
Steinem previously endorsed Clinton for president in 2008.