One of the highlights of my professional career was introducing Gloria Steinem to a packed audience of Women United in Philanthropy members and their guests at our 2007 Annual Fall Gathering.
Her bio, and the list of her accomplishments, awards, recognitions, appointments, prizes and published works, was three pages long. As I reached the halfway point in citing her extraordinary career, I was struck by the magnitude of what I was doing–of who she is and all that she has done. I remember pausing, and sort of shaking my head in astonishment, and I looked over at her, seated at the table in front of me. In a very affirming, almost apologetic way, she said aloud to me,
“I know. It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?”
No. It is breathtaking.
The life and career of Gloria Steinem, and the role she’s had in shaping the world as we know it makes it hard to see her as just another woman, making a difference. She’s a courageous woman, a brilliant mind and a beautiful and gentle spirit, generous with her attention and fierce in her convictions. She is remarkable.
In October, her new book–the first in 20 years–will be released. It’s bound to be a great read, and for all of us who care about the rights of women and children throughout the world, an important one. I vote we all read it and invite her back to Bergen County.
Here’s an announcement of the publication on Makers.com ( http://www.makers.com/blog/gloria-steinem-book-my-life-on-the-road )
GLORIA STEINEM TO RELEASE NEW BOOK
“My Life on the Road” will be the activist’s first book in more than 20 years.
Groundbreaking writer, lecturer, editor and activist, Gloria Steinem has been looked to as the popular face of the women’s movement for over four decades. She was a buzzed-about journalist in the late-60s, when her political conscience compelled her to join the growing feminist movement, and made her one of its most visible and effective leaders.
She co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, and has spent decades crisscrossing the United States and the world as a speaker and organizer. She has been a controversial, good-humored, and inescapable public conscience on issues of equality and social justice. She has expanded the women’s movement to celebrate non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organization across socioeconomic boundaries.
Steinem probes and lays bare the workings of gender roles, of sex and race caste systems, and of child abuse as roots of violence. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and an Inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Gloria Steinem is a 2005 Founder of the Women’s Media Center.
In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
Steinem is the author of, “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem” and “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.” Her most recent novel, “My Life on the Road,” is slated to hit bookshelves October 2015.