Gloria Steinem’s book – My Life on the Road – is all around great. That woman can write, which I knew when I read her essay way back in the 70’s about working as a Playboy Bunny. She has her own way of making choices, her own way of seeing the world, and that shines through everything she writes. Hurray!
This book is the most personal writing she has done. Lots about her father – facts, stories, reflections. Less about her mother. Much about her own growth and learning over Lo! these 80 years.
She and the other first feminists were doing at the national level what many of use were doing at the local level around the country and around the world. They were our pole stars. We took what we learned from them – and just from the vibrations of the newly-charged air itself – changed, adjusted, modified as we went. She, they and we have changed the world.
She chronicles all that in this book – with stories from around the country – women’s conferences, college campuses, political conventions. She is still always learning, always processing, always growing. She knows in her very bones that we have changed the world – and that there is still a long way to go.
We were at 52 cents on the dollar when she started, now we are at 77 cents on the dollar, for each dollar men make. Keep Going, Gloria! xoxox