My Life on the Road

My Life on the Road 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 o

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 movemenGloria 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.Includes an introduction read by Gloria Steinem.

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My Life on the Road

  1. Gloria Marie Steinem born March 25, 1934 is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors She was a columnist for New York magazine and co founded Ms magazine In 1969, she published an article, After Black Power, Women s Liberation , which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader.In 2005, Steinem worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co found the Women s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content Steinem currently serves on the board of the organization She continues to involve herself in politics and media affairs as a commentator, writer, lecturer, and organizer, campaigning for candidates and reforms and publishing books and articles.

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  1. 4 very high stars I loved reading this book It s a bit disorganized and chaotic, but it s full of great anecdotes, thoughtful ideas on activism and engagement, and quotable bits and pieces I came to this book thinking of Steinem as an icon of American feminism, but someone I didn t actually know much about The experience of reading My Life on the Road made me sit up and pay attention And not because Steinem delivers a specific political message or because she builds herself up as a heroic figure [...]

  2. Wow, this was quite the read Steinem starts by talking about her early upbringing, which I found not only surprising, but fascinating From there, she is all over the map quite literally It s like sitting down with an old friend as she recounts important life events Often, the events had no particular order, yet they all held my full attention Steinem included so much in this book, it s hard to review without giving anything away While she talks of feminism, it is current, and seen through a new [...]

  3. There are so many good stories in this book This memoir focuses on Steinem s travels around the world, and her political and activist experiences in the United States When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say Because I travel For than four decades, I ve spent at least half my time on the road I ve never tried to write about this way of life, not even when I was reporting on people and events along the way It just seemed to have no category I wasn t [...]

  4. A note about the audiobook I started listening to this one and it wasn t quite grabbing me The text was falling flat for some reason and my mind wandered a little too much Debra Winger has a lovely delivery as the reader, but the audiobook just didn t work for me this time So I abandoned it for the hardcover and finished it in one sitting I became that engrossed and enthralled, moved and inspired In June of 2015 I was lucky enough to attend the American Library Association conference held in San [...]

  5. 3.5 Grew up hearing about this amazing woman, reading MS magazine and cheering her on from afar Yet, never knew the personal details of her life, what made her whom she is nor how she came to be such a staunch advocate for many whom had few rights This book filled that in for me and I loved reading about her early life, somewhat surprising and how she started in her career Her life on the road, the many people she met, her stay in India and the many well known people she has met Little incidents [...]

  6. Editor Ms Steinem, we think it s time you wrote another book.Gloria Steinem Hmm It s all been fairly extensively mined Oh, but I do have a couple of good stories about taxi rides.Editor That sounds good Maybe we could devote a chapter to taxi stories.Gloria Steinem And I met an interesting woman on a plane once.Editor Ok, it sounds like grouping it around a travelling theme might pull it all together nicely.Gloria Steinem Can I write about my Dad too Editor That sounds good Anything else you d l [...]

  7. I want to be Gloria Steinem when I grow up.I went to a women s college for my undergraduate degree, and while I have a lot of complaints about the particular experience I had, one thing I appreciated was the communal existence I didn t live in a dorm, but it didn t matter the classes were small, there was relatively open communication between the students and the professors, you could basically just walk into any professor s office and take a seat and chat for a while The classes, for the most p [...]

  8. Reading this lively memoir of the vagabond life Gloria Steinem has led first by necessity and then because she embraced it made me want to hit the road myself in the hope that I could have even a fraction of her experiences The varied places and people she s encountered in her travels give her rich, interesting perspectives on the history and zeitgeist of the times she writes about, which extend from the later years of the Great Depression until today It makes the book a fascinating, even inspir [...]

  9. I had never read a book by Steinem before, and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this wonderful memoir She recounts how a significant part of her life has been lived on the road, starting with her early years spent wandering the country with her traveling salesman father and deeply unhappy mother, to her travels around the world related to her work This is an amazing look into the mind of one of America s most famous feminist icons Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things n [...]

  10. My mother in law gave my husband and I her old car this Christmas, a supremely generous gift that instantly relieved a lot of the day to day stress we ve had trying to get basic errand running done without independent transportation It has also, of course, opened up the possibility of journeying outside our normal location frequently and with ease and less cost I finished this book on a break between meetings at an office in San Jos , Costa Rica, and spent some time afterward listening to the [...]

  11. The understated prose may make this seem like a light volume of reminiscences, but it demonstrates her main point you have to listen If you listen to everyday people, not politicians or pundits, you can see what is really going on in the world After introducing who she is by way of describing her father and his independent traveling spirit and her unwell mother who admired the Roosevelt s, she shares what she has heard over the years and what she has learned from it.Living in India for two years [...]

  12. Took me a while, but loved the little anecdotes, there were tears, laughter, and truly touching moments I shan t review properly because of spoilers Although what I will say is that it is a good educational tool, especially talking about feminism in the 70 s, to how it s evolved since.

  13. In this well written memoir we learn both how far we ve come yet how far we have to go The many stories had me laughing and crying She has a strong sense of right and wrong and the wherewithal to make good use of her intuition It was an honor and a priveledge to read this book Thank you NetGalley for the ARC and thank you Gloria for all your efforts to advance gender equality.

  14. This is an important book Despite it being titled My Life on the Road, it s really a book about the modern feminist movement than about Steinem alone although, can you discuss one without discussing the other I m leaving it knowing about the growth of feminism and the often hidden impact of women in history And I think the big message of this book is how feminism can t live in a silo that no equality movement can The fight for women s rights is tied to socio economic equality is tied to racial [...]

  15. 3.5 out of 5 stars I feel like I give half star ratings way too frequently but whatever THIS book was really interesting and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it Not that I expected not to enjoy it, just that I liked it than I thought I would Going into it, I didn t know that much about Gloria Steinem so it was great to learn I uploaded my review of this book on my YouTube channel so if you are interested then you should definitely check it out youtu Cv0F7O8SNGk

  16. If you want people to listen, you have to listen to them If you hope people will change how they live, you have to know how they live.If you want people to see you, you have sit down with them eye to eye Why have I never read any of Ms Steinem s books before While being aware of her background and involvement with the women s movement, workplace equality, and co founding Ms magazine, I d simply not read any of her writing from cover to cover For which I am now kicking myself.The stories Ms Stein [...]

  17. I wasn t sure what to expect with this book I m trying to broaden my horizons this year, and reading non fiction by women writers is part of that effort My book diet to date has been sadly bereft of this type of writing and I m aiming to improve This book came highly recommended and did not disappoint.I found this book to be a cross between a memoir and a history book, aka required reading I knew so little about the author herself, let alone about the various people, places, and topics she disc [...]

  18. This was an inspirational read Although it s a memoir y type book, the focus is really on Steinem s learnings and the people she has met on the road rather than about her per se.There is a lot we can all learn from this book, but things that particularly stood out to me were the power of listening, and of hearing people s stories Of taking away the filters we view the world through to open our eyes to new ideas and new realities Steinem quotes a young taxi driver she meets who was embargoing all [...]

  19. So yeah, I m going to be a dissenter, that s fine I was struggling to get through this book before some current statements were made I am highly disappointed in someone that is so pivotal in feminism Calling women that are supporting Bernie Sanders attention seekers , regardless of your political views, totally goes against what you re teaching This is a step back from what you re trying to do Aren t we trying to build women up, and not only want men and women to be treated equally, but for WOME [...]

  20. Feminist heroes are everywhere, but if I had to name half a dozen women that were at the core of the feminist movement that followed closely on the heels of the Civil Rights movement and the movement to end the US war in Vietnam, Steinem s name would be among them In fact, hers might be the first name out of my mouth It was she who coined the salutation Ms , and who founded Ms Magazine When I saw she had written a memoir, I knew I had to have it, and when Net Galley and Random House gave me the [...]

  21. yet I was traveling and making the discovery that ordinary people are smart, smart people are ordinary, decisions are best made by the people affected by them, and human beings have an almost infinite capacity for adapting to the expectations around us which is both the good and the bad news Gloria Steinem , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , I was angry about the human talent that was lost just because it was born into a female body, and the mediocrity that was rewarded because it was born [...]

  22. In making my list about the pluses and minuses of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I discovered I was angry I was angry because it was okay for two generations of Bush sons to inherit power from a political patriarchy even if they spent no time in the White House, but not okay for one Clinton wife to claim experience and inherit power from a husband whose full political partner she had been for twenty years I was angry because young men in politics were treated like rising stars, but young wome [...]

  23. I actually listened to this from audible when walking to and from work Not sure how it would read, but I found it really inspiring as an audiobook Gloria Steinem wrote beautifully on travel, feminism, organizing, race, and friendship Some of my favorite moments were small descriptions of chance encounters with cab drivers or attendees of an event Personal and moving, you can tell she can connect deeply with people Don t know how it reads as a book, but I m glad I read it.

  24. I stopped reading for a moment Gloria Steinem s melodious voice faded into quietness and all I could hear was the silence surrounding me I remember thinking, how is it possible to be so quiet when there s a revolution going on inside my head Then I realized I had yet to speak up.My Life on the Road is an extraordinary journey More than a book of hope, it s a book of possibilities Not only are we told stories that make us believe that equality is possible, we are shown proof that equality was onc [...]

  25. Gloria Steinem s life experiences have been so many and so varied, My Life On The Road reads like a collection of short stories In many ways it is, because she shares personal adventures alongside second hand accounts Steinem s greatest asset as an organizer and writer is her efforts in simply listening This book is the result of all those years of listening and learning.Steinem organizes her chapters by theme and discusses events with only a loose chronology Dates are always provided, however, [...]

  26. I think Gloria s life is a big lesson, it teach us that we women can be adventurous too, thats not something reserved for men only We need to travel as much as we can, get to know people, meet face to face, talk about what we know and learn about what we don t know Thats the only way we can expand our horizon and see the bigger picture.Especially when it comes to women s rights, we cant let people out of it, we need to walk together with the black movement, the lgbt movement, the indians those w [...]

  27. This is such a wonderful record by a public figure I treasure however, the writing is repetitive and the organization is chaotic It s still highly readable and quite moving, but I wish time had been taken for better editing of this important memoir.

  28. 3.5 A few days ago I became fascinated by the phenomenon of the Our Shared Shelf group then less than a week old, and a testament to the pull of the right celebrity, it had become the biggest group on in only a few days, and at time of writing 18 19 Jan , with 93 000 members, is nearing twice the size of the next biggest group There may be no way to say this without sounding like a class tourist hipster, but that group right now is the reallest fucking thing I ve ever seen on If I read a bunch o [...]

  29. I started reading this book on Carol s recommendation, with only a dim awareness of who Gloria Steinem is I knew her as a Ms founder editor, the pretty feminist attractive enough to become, and write about the plight of, a Playboy Bunny, and remembered some comments of seasoned feminists I encountered stating that Steinem was privileged The book does not even mention the Bunny episode, and effectively dispels any myth of financial privilege Steinem s childhood was full of adventures caused by he [...]

  30. Fan Je ne savais pas du tout quoi m attendre, c est ma premi re lecture f ministe J ai ador la narration de Gloria Steinem, qui transpire la passion et l engagement Le d coupage est super bien fait, et j ai ador la place gigantesque laiss e aux autres , aux personnes non blanches particuli rement C tait passionnant, fascinant, j ai appris norm ment de choses, sans que ce soit trop lourd, trop th orique ou trop ferm C est un v ritable coup de c ur, a se lit comme un bon roman d initiation, avec l [...]

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