“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’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.
In 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.