My Life on the Road

My Life on the Road

Book - 2015
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From journalist, activist, and international icon Gloria Steinem comes her first book in twenty years, an all-new memoir of a lifetime of listening and learning from people, traveling America and the world. Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. The seeds were planted: Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, as a journalist, organizer, activist, and speaker. In vivid stories that span an entire career, Steinem writes about her time on the campaign trail, from Bobby Kennedy to Hillary Clinton; her early exposure to social activism in India; organizing ground-up movements in America; the taxi drivers who were 'vectors of modern myths' and the airline stewardesses who embraced feminism; and the infinite contrasts, the 'surrealism in everyday life' that Steinem encountered as she traveled back and forth across the country. With the unique perspective of one of the greatest feminist icons of the 20th and 21st centuries, here is an inspiring, profound, enlightening memoir of one woman's life-long journey.
Publisher: London :, Oneworld,, 2015.
Branch Call Number: 305.420973 STE
Characteristics: xxvi, 276 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.


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This fascinating and captivating autobiography from trailblazing writer and activist, Gloria Steinem, is ultimately an ode to the road. Steinem shares tales and experiences that have shaped her remarkable journey, and explores her individual search alongside a greater quest for social equality.

Valerie_L Jan 28, 2017

Given the current situation with Donald Trump in The White House, this is a timely read. We won't make much progress until we are all treated equally . It made me laugh. It made me cry. Most importantly is made me question how is it we have made so little progress.

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Feb 09, 2021

Absolutely loved this book!! Gloria shows the struggles of women and minorities to gain a foothold in the US in regards to equality and basic human rights. A must read for both women and men who care about the human experience. A book that also shows we still have much work to do all over the world in support of equality and promoting non-biased attitudes toward women and others who are discriminated against.

Dec 13, 2019

I saw Gloria Steinem at a conference many years ago, probably in the 1980s and I was hugely impressed by her. What I remember most is that she was so kind, warmly welcoming the men in the audience and telling a mom with a crying baby not to take her out because it was the sweetest sound in the world. She looked great, really natural, wearing jeans, which wasn't done so much in those days in formal settings. This memoir focuses on her travels and how after many years she develops a home of her own. It bounces around a lot chronologically and there are a few repetitions but it's not too distracting. I was intrigued by her self-identification as an organizer. I'd never known that as an actual job. She's pretty good at chronicling the failures as well as the successes.

Aug 13, 2018

when i read elsewhere that ms. steinem was a govt. informant in those heydays of the left, i was disappointed. really---is this what john lennon died for ( back in those days shortly after yoko and he had emigrated, they were mixing with the likes of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seals and etc. A writer wrote a book called COME TOGETHER which drew upon John's redacted FBI files. One portion redacted was the name of the poser/ government informant amongst these earnest people trying to Stop The War. Later i read a KCLS book which dropped the double bombs which were that Steinem and Jesse Jackson were both govt. employees in this capacity.) Just look at that front page portrait. Does that look like a government spy to you?????

Aug 21, 2017

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD was the first book by Gloria Steinem I had read, and what surprised me was how accessible this feminist icon appears to be in this well-written and engaging memoir. Steinem shares stories about her experiences, struggles, and life lessons learned during her travels. I came away with a number of notable quotes. Steinem ultimately encourages the reader to live life to the fullest while staying true to one’s principles, a message that is all the more relevant in today’s world where many of our leaders demonstrate no moral compass. This book reminded me not only of how far women and society have come, but how far we still have to go… yet as I finished LIFE, like its author, I remain hopeful.

Mar 24, 2017

As a woman who has also travelled, I was very interested to read what Ms. Steinhem experienced and learned along her travels. I never knew anything about her parents and childhood before so I was so quite fascinated and surprised by all that took place. She is such a gifted thinker and writer and I enjoyed her reading her stories. I've always admired her and this book just made me a bigger fan. It made me glad I did all that travelling and that I was open to all it brought. I plan to read more books by her. And I hope young adults will be inspired by this book, put down their devices, and get out there and connect one-on-one to people and the world around them.

Valerie_L Jan 28, 2017

Given the current situation with Donald Trump in The White House, this is a timely read. We won't make much progress until we are all treated equally . It made me laugh. It made me cry. Most importantly is made me question how is it we have made so little progress.

Jul 14, 2016

I enjoyed this but am disappointed by the disjointed nature of the stories that jump around in time and topic so much that it detracts from their power. I also wanted more personal stories like those involving her father and mother.

Jul 01, 2016

I have not cried this much since I first saw Life is Beautiful or Steel Magnolias. If you read one book in your life please make it this one. I have never been more proud to be a feminist nor wanted to be a woman more in my life. We would live in a much better world if Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Gloria Steinem were all mandatory reading for every high school student in America. This is the one in ten thousand books I would rate with 6 stars if I could. I can even forgive Gloria for buying into the government narrative on everything from Dr. King's murder to 9/11 because she so enlightened me with all her stories of interesting social justice warriors she has worked with and fought for over the decades. Hell, I may even change my populist vote to Hilary Clinton come November.

Apr 26, 2016

Brilliant, intelligent, well-accomplished, feminist; overall, amazing woman.
Loved this book!

Apr 18, 2016

These autobiographic musings by such a well-known liberal activist are both interesting and informative, and it is always better to hear the stories from the person herself. Although not mentioned in any of the reviews which I have read, I thought that the most interesting aspect of the book is Steinem's understanding and support of indigenous community - as she says, it is important to look at what kind of society existed before patriarchy. This is a good book to recommend to young women.

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Aug 21, 2017

“If you want people to listen to you, 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 to sit down with them eye-to-eye.” - p. 37

Aug 21, 2017

“If you find yourself drawn to an event against all logic, go. The universe is telling you something.” - p. 42

Aug 21, 2017

“We learn most where we know the least.” - p. 111

Aug 21, 2017

“Remember: ‘For want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost, for want of a horseshoe, the horse was lost, for want of a horse, the battle was lost, for want of a battle, the war was lost.’ This parable should be the mantra of everyone who thinks her or his vote doesn’t count.” - pp. 174-5


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Aug 09, 2017

I really dug this book. The book is kind of like if Kerouac and Voltaire got together to write about a mid-20th century civil rights leader. It is engaging. The people Steinem meets are much more likable than any Kerouac character. The book is also just really quotable. I recommend it.

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