L2T Book Club: Gloria Steinem “My Life on the Road”

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the book we have selected for our next book club!

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

 We will be reading this over the next few months and sharing our thoughts on this wonderful woman’s life.

Why this book?

It is certainly a time in our country where we are all paying more attention to politics no matter what side of the aisle you sit on. These current times have us looking to positive role models for humanity.

Specifically, we are interested in Gloria’s reflections on conversation and collaboration.  

Both of which are an art and gift.

We will be sharing our reflections on the first three chapters later on this month. Here is an excerpt from Gloria’s website about the book:

“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.”

We hope you will find this book inspiring, and invite you read along with us. Here is a snippet from her interview with Oprah that may inspire you. (The whole interview was great!)

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