My Life on the Road

Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road
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My Life on the Road

Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria Steinem’s growth and the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality-and of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both. From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country-a lifetime spent on the road led Steinem to connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.

In this rich and revealing story of leadership, travel, and activism, Steinem reminds us that living in an open, observant, and oon the roado state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, how we understand, and how we live.


We know about Gloria, we women. We know that she has been supporting us, urging us and demanding us to speak up for decades now. She has travelled the world to bring our stories to a global platform. She is a tireless, considered narrator of hope and kindness. Recognised and admired worldwide for her social activism in the field of women’s rights, Steinem’s opus has been to record observations that make sense of our shared experience as women. She has constantly been on the move (thus the imaginative title) and this book chronicles her travels from her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the founding of Ms Magazine to the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference. Showing tremendous irony, humour and vigour, Steinem reveals her childhood to her life, at age 81, now.

Her accounts are good-natured and often very funny. There are vignettes of people she has met, taxi drivers she has sat with, students she has argued with and media shock jocks she has talked with. She says, ‘We need to be long-distance runners to make a real social revolution. And you can’t be a long-distance runner unless you have some inner strength.’ She counsels us to look after ourselves, to remain alert to discrimination, and to heed other stories. For example, she talks about working with Hilary Clinton and the extraordinary means by which people showed their hatred for Clinton – until they met her.

This intimate and beautifully written book exemplifies her profound devotion to justice. She discloses her stories as if we all live by her rules of conduct. It was Steinem who pointed out, after all, that the personal is political and the political in turn is personal. My Life on the Road is inspiring and, hopefully, for all who read it, completely and utterly insidious. I want to be as impatient as Gloria; it gets things done.

Chris Gordon is the Events Manager for Readings.

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