My Life on the Road


In My Life on the Road, activist Gloria Steinem details her life through the lens of her travels.  From a childhood filled with long car trips to her post-college time in India and her many zigzags across the country as a journalist, Steinem has spent the majority of her life away from home.  Broken into both chapters and shorter reflections, she provides insights into the hard work of movement-building, the creation of Ms. Magazine, and the evolution of her feminism.  While My Life on the Road is not a standard, chronological memoir, it is a remarkably forthright and perceptive book.

"My last hope is to open up the road literally.  So far it's been overwhelmingly masculine turf.  Men embody adventure, women embody hearth and home, and that has been pretty much it.  Even as a child, I noticed that Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz spent her entire time trying to get back to Kansas, and Alice in Wonderland dreamed her long adventure, then woke up just in time for tea."

Gloria Steinem is an American journalist, feminist, and social organizer.  She has written for the New York Magazine, Esquire, and Ms. Magazine which she co-founded in 1972.  Her books include The Thousand IndiasRevolution from Within, Moving beyond Words, and My Life on the Road.  

Published:  2015
Length:  255 pages
Set in:  United States (various)