Our Shared Shelf. I constantly tell myself I’m going to take part in online book clubs and I never do, but when Emma Watson announced she was doing a feminist book club, I thought this would be the one to try. So first up…
Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change.
I think the main joy of doing this is that I don’t think I had heard of Gloria Steinem, but now I’m familiar with someone quite rad, and it’s one hell of an introduction. She starts with her childhood on the road with her family, her dad at the helm, and moves into adulthood where she seems to be going the same route, but manages to strike the balance and find a home.
The book is a little bit chaotic in jumping around but so is her life. Steinem has done many brilliant things but throughout the story, her story, that’s taken her all over, you’re really seeing the lives and movements of others, injustices she’s seen, causes people have passionately fought for, observations and snapshots of other lives.
I largely expected to start reading the book and it be a memoir of Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, by the nature of the biography, but I learned about so many wonderful (and not so wonderful) people, causes, new snapshots of political battles, incidents and movements that I hadn’t either known of or read about in more than a passing glance. So, I do rather like it.