My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria Steinem’s growth and the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality—and of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both. From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country—a lifetime spent on the road led Steinem to connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world. In this rich and revealing story of leadership, travel, and activism, Steinem reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, how we understand, and how we live.
‘Like Steinem herself, [My Life on the Road] is thoughtful and astonishingly humble. It is also filled with a sense of the momentous while offering deeply personal insights into what shaped her.” —O: The Oprah Magazine (one of the top 10 favorite books of the year)
‘This legendary feminist makes a compelling case for traveling as listening: a way of letting strangers’ stories flow, as she put it, ‘out of our heads and into our hearts.’’ —People
‘This is soul material, human and political, funny and touching, deeply spiritual. I began it again the day after I finished.’ —Anne Lamott
‘One of the most important voices for human rights … by delving deeper into her own thrilling story, Steinem shows us that we all have a fighter inside us—we need only pack our bags and follow her.’ —Lena Dunham
‘Steinem beautifully illustrates how her perpetual motion has shaped her professional life … Steinem has gained wisdom from cabdrivers and fellow airplane passengers, and gotten story tips from strangers at rural diners and truck stops.’ —New York Times Book Review