I love reading about women’s rights across the world, and I recently started reading Gloria Steinem’s vast collection of books, articles, and essays. She is a fantastic activist, journalist, and campaigner for women’s rights- and her writing is so inspiring, interesting, and relatable.
I recently watched the TV show ‘Mrs America‘ which portrayed a fictional retelling of the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment across the USA, and the formidable team for and against this bill.
I really recommend this show if you haven’t watched it yet, and it’s full of inspiring, complicated, and realistic characters. After watching this show, which portrayed Gloria Steinem as one of the women fighting for the ERA, I knew I had to read more about her.
She is such a fantastic and interesting woman, and her book ‘My Life on the Road’ is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read. It’s full of interesting, vibrant stories about everything from political campaigns to writing about abortion rights in the US.
It’s amazing how much the women’s right campaign did during the 1960s and 1970s, and I found this book truly inspiring.
Gloria Steinem is an iconic writer and campaigner, and I think she should be on everyone’s reading list this year! Her writing is relatable, relevant, and important for understanding the struggles many people still face today.
Below I’ve come up with 5 reasons Gloria Steinem should be on your reading list this year
She’s an amazing journalist
Gloria Steinem started out as a journalist in in the 1960s, and she has written so many fantastic articles, essays, and editorials about life in America, politics, and social issues.
I love her first book ‘Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions’ which is a compilation of some of her most famous articles. For example, she writes about infiltrating playboy- and she wrote about what it’s really like to work there.
She also writes honestly about American politics, and questions the notion that a male journalist is needed to properly cover an important subject.
She doesn’t just talk about women’s rights
Gloria Steinem is a crucial player in the women’s rights movement, but she also fights for other issues. She discusses a wide range of social issues in her book ‘My Life on the Road’ and she talks about campaigning for worker’s rights, prisoner’s rights, and the rights of Native Americans.
Gloria Steinem tries to show that feminism is not just about white middle class women, and in fact that is a misconception created by the media. I love that she talks about such a wide range of issues in her book, and her passion for all these issues is so inspiring!
She does so much for women’s rights
As well as fighting for other important issues, I love how Gloria Steinem talks about women’s rights- and that’s why she should definitely be on your reading list this year!
She discusses abortion rights in America, talking about this subject at a time before abortion was legalised in the U.S. In fact, she openly discusses how she had an abortion in the UK before it became legal- and the importance of giving women this right over their own body.
She is one of the “original” 1960s and 1970s feminist thinkers, and the first to come up with ground-breaking ideas that are still debated, discussed, and up-held by women everywhere today.
She’s inclusive and humble
Gloria Steinem should be on your reading list because she is inclusive and open about women’s rights and the other issues she discusses.
She speaks about going around the country with women such as Florynce Kennedy and Alice Walker, and the immense importance of seeing the fight for women’s rights as a fight for all women, not just those who are white.
She discusses the importance of women of colour in the fight for women’s rights, and I love that her books give so much credit to everyone in the movement- not just the amazing work she did herself.
She is relatable
I wouldn’t have thought it before I started reading her books, but Gloria Steinem is such a relatable person.
Of course, I’m in awe of how tirelessly she worked (and still works) for women’s rights across the world. I’m in awe of her amazing writing skills and the opportunities she made for herself. I’m in awe of the amount of backlash she must have received in her life, but the fact that she’s carried on going.
But when you read her writing, she also comes across as a relatable and very normal person. She speaks at length about her flaws and the mistakes she’s made along the way, and I love how she discusses how scared she was of public speaking at first, and how she bombed a few talks because of this.
Despite her fears, she tried to improve this side of her character and became a renowned public speaker in schools, colleges, and events across the US. Even though Gloria Steinem has done lots of amazing things in her life, she still comes across as a very ordinary person in her writing.
Do you think Gloria Steinem should be on your reading list this year? What do you think of her work? Do you agree with my reasons for adding Gloria Steinem to your reading list?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x
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