Just in case you missed it, a few weeks ago, Emma Watson created a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf. I joined immediately because 1) I have a huge girl crush on Emma Watson, and 2) I’ve been meaning to read more feminist literature, and it just hasn’t been happening. So this is a great way to to force myself to do so. Emma’s first pick was Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, and I think it was absolutely the perfect choice!
I always have a hard time writing synopses for nonfiction books for some reason (and I’m really tired today), so I’m just going to copy the one from Goodreads: “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.”
This book was incredible! It’s one of those books that I know will stay with me for a long time. Going into it, I didn’t know very much about Gloria Steinem, but after reading My Life on the Road, I love her. She’s smart and funny and inspiring and so strong. Reading this book made me want to go out and do something to make a difference. It made me angry about the injustices of the world, happy that people are talking about them, and inspired to make little changes in my own life to support them. I’ve already caught myself paying more attention to how I treat people, and whether or not I, through little actions, perpetuate unfair stereotypes. My Life on the Road made me want to travel the U.S. and learn about different cultures and traditions. And, overall, I think it really changed my life for the better.
Just in case you hadn’t already guessed, I loved this book! It was just so perfect, and beautiful, and definitely one I will return to again and again.
If you’re interested in reading this book – and I think you should – you can get yourself a copy here. I also highly recommend the audiobook, which I listened to on my commute to and from work.
And click here if you’d like to get more information on or join Our Shared Shelf on Goodreads. The read-a-long for My Life on the Road is happening throughout the month, with a discussion starting January 31st, so you still have time to hop on board for this read if you want to!