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Gloria Steinem, writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader tells her story as never before. A candid account of her life as a traveler, listener, and catalyst for change. She reminds us that living in an open, observant, and on the road state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – ONE OF O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE‘S TEN FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR – NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Harper’s Bazaar – St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Publishers Weekly

Gloria Steinem–writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader–now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change. Includes “Secrets,” a new chapter!

When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road–by which I mean letting the road take you–changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories–in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.

Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. The seeds were planted: Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.

My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality–and the story 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 allowed Gloria to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.

In prose that is revealing and rich, Gloria reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other.

Praise for My Life on the Road

“Like Steinem herself, [My Life on the Road] is thoughtful and astonishingly humble. It is also filled with a sense of the momentous while offering deeply personal insights into what shaped her.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“A lyrical meditation on restlessness and the quest for equity . . . Part of the appeal of My Life is how Steinem, with evocative, melodic prose, conveys the air of discovery and wonder she felt during so many of her journeys. . . . The lessons imparted in Life on the Road offer more than a reminiscence. They are a beacon of hope for the future.”USA Today

“A warmly companionable look back at nearly five decades as itinerant feminist organizer and standard-bearer. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to sit down with Ms. Steinem for a casual dinner, this disarmingly intimate book gives a pretty good idea, mixing hard-won pragmatic lessons with more inspirational insights.”The New York Times

“Steinem rocks. My Life on the Road abounds with fresh insights and is as populist as can be.”The Boston Globe

“In person and in her writing, Steinem exudes a rare combination of calm, humility and honesty about her weaknesses that explains all she has accomplished.”Jezebel

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“When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road — by which I mean letting the road take you — changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories. In short, out of our heads and into our hearts.” Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem seen here to the left with Gina Mercurio, owner of People Called Women Books at a “Sold Out” Public Library event in Toledo, Ohio. November 2015.

Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Gloria learned that growing up didn’t necessarily mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, activism and leadership, listening to people, and inspiring revolution.

My Life on the Road is moving, funny, and profound. It is the story of Gloria’s growth and the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality. It is the story of how surprising encounters on the road shaped her and the revolution:

– From her first experience among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s.
– From the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. mMgazine.
– From the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country.

Gloria Steinem Life Magazine 1977Gloria Steinem’s lifetime on the road allowed her to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.

Available Paperback, Hardback, Large Print Paperback, and Audio Book (Audio Book Sale Price: $28 – regularly $40).

Praise for My Life on the Road

“Gloria Steinem is a deeply revolutionary woman. She changed America in a fundamental way without being damaged by it or losing her joy.” Anne Lamott

“Rarely do women have the opportunity to travel as Steinem has done — living a life full of radical adventure. Everywhere she goes, she carries with her the vitality of democracy, of freedom for women and men, and her profound love of justice.” bell hooks

“A personal, beautiful look at the deceptively radical act of travel and how it formed one of our most important voices for human rights . . . By delving deeper into her own thrilling story, Steinem shows us that we all have a fighter inside us.” Lena Dunham

Available in Hardback ISBN 978-0-679-45620-9, and Large Print Paperback ISBN 978-0-399-56727-8. Audio Book is 8 compact discs with Introduction read by Gloria.

Make a monthly or one-time donation to the Steinem’s Sisters Library & Archive here.

My Life on the road by gloria steinemIn 1972, Gloria Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained one of its editors for 15 years, and continues to serve as a consulting editor. She has produced a documentary on child abuse for HBO, a feature film about the death penalty for Lifetime, and been the subject of profiles on Lifetime and Showtime.

Ms. Steinem founded and co-founded the following organizations:

Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education.
National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level.
Women’s Media Center.
Voters for Choice, a pro-choice political action committee.
Choice USA (now URGE), a national organization that supports young pro-choice leadership and works to preserve comprehensive sex education in schools.
Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls
Take Our Daughters to Work Day, a first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution here and in other countries.
Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa.

Gloria Steinem is currently working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College on documenting the grassroots origins of the U.S. women’s movement, and on a Center for Organizers in tribute to Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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