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Gloria Steinem at 81 Writes, My Life On the Road

abstract:When I was coming of age the women's movement had already been in full swing for almost two decades. I was reading Germane Greer The Female Eunich and watching 2001: A Space Odysseyy. The pill was widely available and abortion could be safely obtained so there was relative control over one's reproductive freedom. Once you were married and pregnant however, the work/stay at home dilemma was still a mine field. I look at my daughter's generation today who feel that a good education and job are a given, and all the typical milestones of marriage and babies are being deferred a decade later than in my generation, or they're not sought after or expected at all. It's not a shock to simply remain single and devoted to a career, or announce you are LGBT.

So to be told that Gloria Steinem, the icon for the women's movement, has just turned 81 sends a small lightening bolt through one's skin. And her interview on NPR radio with broadcast journalist Terry Gross of "Fresh Air" shows us how much more outward thinking within countries around the world, that women's issues, their rights and concerns have become. Gloria's list starts with domestic violence in North America against women being number one; the most dangerous place is in a woman's own home perpetrated by a man known to her. Then there is FGM (female genital mutilation) and female infanticide. Child brides risk of death from sex and childbirth under these extreme forms of patriarchy. And last, the widespread use of violence and rape against women in conflict zones. Women need to stand together around the globe, and that is just what Gloria Steinem has been doing.

Steinem's latest book, My Life on the Road (published Oct 26th, 2015) and a New York Times Bestseller • "GS—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."


November 11, 2015



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