My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the RoadMy Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Published by Random House

From the publisher:

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. This is the story at the heart of My Life on the Road.

I probably would have read this book at some point on my own, but what propelled me into reading it sooner than later was Emma Watson choosing it for the first pick of her Goodreads book club. I haven’t kept up with Watson’s book club, but I am happy that the idea of such a thing inspired me to read My Life on the Road because I really loved reading this book and getting to know Steinem on a personal level.

Steinem shares a lot with the reader about how and why she became the woman she did. She delves deep into her past, discussing how both of her parents’ personalities and life choices shaped Steinem’s own personality and life choices. She then gets into details about her own travels as an activist and feminist writer and organizer, and how each new place she visited inspired and changed her ways of thinking and being in the world. Honestly, I just enjoyed going on this journey with her. I loved learning more about her as a person, getting to understand how the individuals that crossed her path over the years influenced her in various ways, and learning more about the activism that was so central to her life.

Something that I particularly loved was getting to know some of the specific women Steinem worked with and spent time with throughout her life. Many of them were people I was ashamed to have never heard of, and I was inspired to do some research on a few of them. She talks quite a bit about race and the civil rights movement, and how feminism and women’s rights are – or at least, should be – tied into civil rights. This is one aspect of feminism that particularly interests me, something I want to keep reading more about, so I was pleased to see how much it is important to Steinem, too. More of this in feminist books, please.

My Life on the Road was a fantastic journey that I loved taking with Gloria Steinem. Highly recommended.

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13 thoughts on “My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

  1. I was this at the start of the year and really enjoyed it too. Then I was lucky enough to get to hear her speak at an event a few weeks after and that was just amazing – she came across as so brilliant and warm and humane. I loved her.

  2. Wow, what an interesting woman! This sounds like a great read. I’d recommend All The Single Ladies for more on the topic of race and feminism. The book ended up largely being about the way single women have driven political movements throughout American history and the author does a great job making it clear when the stats she quotes are different depending on race and talking about how race has related to feminism in the past.

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