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My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Posted September 16, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 1 Comment

My Life on the Road

My Life on the Road

by Gloria Steinem

Publisher: Random House on October 27, 2015
Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Feminism, Memoir
Target Age Group: Adult, New Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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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. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. This is the story at the heart of My Life on the Road.


Anyone who feels their confidence in humanity beginning to waver should read My Life on the Road.

Gloria Steinem’s memoir is filled with hope, and the beauty of kindness.  It’s the memoir of a feminist and activist, so those without similar ideals may be enraged by the chapters where she discusses her personal views on abortion and women’s rights, but I found the whole thing inspiring. I flew through it, and will need to read it again in the future to absorb it more fully.

Most memoirs are written chronologically, but you will find no linear comforts in My Life on the Road.  You will find Steinem in a taxi cab in New York City at one moment, and campaigning for Hillary Clinton the next.  She let her heart and her beliefs guide her journey through life, and in that time, she has captured the stories of millions.  From stewardesses to conference planners, Steinem shows the way so many people have touched her life.

I want to pick a particular moment I enjoyed the most, but honestly, her story inspired me over and over again. I felt it was particularly well balanced.  It was careful to show the positive experiences as well as the negative ones.  There is one instance where Steinem stepped out of a cab because of the racially intolerant comments of her driver, but even in a moment so heated she says nothing harsh about the man who clearly would have handsome choice words to describe her.  I was impressed.

Steinem’s life has been glittered with equal parts tragedy and beauty, but what I love most about the way she writes is her choice to walk away from each of her life experiences a little smarter and a little stronger.  She is inspirational.

I think that anyone who calls themselves a feminist ought to read My Life on the Road, but it is also the story of a nomadic soul.  If you love history and culture, it is easy to fall in love with the lives that woven themselves in with Steinem’s.  If you love to travel, she shows America at its most stunning – not in the landscapes, but in the people.  Of all shapes and sizes.

I loved it, honestly.

Ratings Breakdown

Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Sources: ★★★★★
Detail: ★★★★★
Delivery: ★★★★★
Subject: ★★★★★
Narrator: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating


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