Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Who is Gloria Steinem

This book was special to read with my daughter because I was able to meet Gloria Steinem after she spoke at my college in the 90's. I still have the book she autographed. As we were nearly finished, my daughter said, "Wait, do you think she's going to write about meeting you in this book?"

It was a painful reminder that the ERA has still not passed. I think this bit of HERstory is worth repeating:

"The Equal Rights Amendment was drafted by Alice Paul in 1923. She was one of the first leaders of the movement for equal rights for women in the United States.

The Amendment states: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

The amendment has been brought before the US congress every year since it was written, but it has never passed. Feminist organizations continue to work for the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment."

I especially loved the ending.

"In her book Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Gloria wrote an essay explaining how she came to devote her life to women's rights. She said, "In my first days of feminism, I thought I would do this ('this' being feminism" for a few years and then return to my real life (what my 'real life' might be, I did not know)...But like so many others now and in movements past, I've learned that this is not something we care about for a year or two or three. We are in it for life--and for our lives."

Gloria Steinem has spent her life working to improve the lives of women and making sure they have every opportunity that are entitled to. For Gloria, there is always more work to be done in the fight for equality In her words, "We haven't even begun to imagine what could be."

Who is Gloria Steinem by Sarah Fabiny / Illustrated by Max Herenrother

"As a field reporter in the 1960s, Gloria Steinem worked hard to dig up important stories. She went undercover to expose the grim realities of gender inequality in America. As her message continued to grow, she became the spokeswoman of the women’s liberation movement and created the feminist publication, Ms. magazine. Steinem continues to speak and write about women and women’s roles in media and politics."

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