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Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
While I feel like I’ve known about Gloria Steinem all of my life, you may not. Frequently described as a journalist, Gloria Steinem’s overwhelming contribution to our culture is that she was one of THE leaders of the feminist movement in this country in the 1960s and 1970s. People loved her. People hated her. But love her or hate her, you could not dismiss her. She was instrumental in giving women the power we have today. Don’t dismiss that too easily. When I was born in 1961, college and career for women were not the norm. When I graduated college in 1983, the world was a different place.
This is largely a book of quotations, but it is interspersed with essays (both short and long) that will explain, illuminate, and inspire.
- Makes you think.
- Helps you understand.
- In its way, condenses the essence of feminism and empowerment for women.
- In the Introduction, Steinem writes, “Eventually, the sheer number of Americans marching and opposing the war forced President Lyndon Johnson to resign and President Richard Nixon to preside over our retreat [from Vietnam].” Johnson did NOT resign; he chose not to run for a second full term (having already served a term and a half because of JFK’s assassination), partly out of concern for his health. Good call. He died 4 years and 2 days after he left office.
BOTTOM LINE: Great book club book! Great solo read. Remind yourself what matters.