Gloria Steinem

discusses

My Life on the Road

in conversation with JAMIA WILSON

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
There will not be a standby line for this event

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
4
Wednesday
November 4, 2015
7:59 PM
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

SOLD OUT.
There will not be a standby line for this event.

Harvard Book Store and WAM: Women, Action & the Media welcome renowned activist leader, organizer, and writer GLORIA STEINEM and WAM Executive Director JAMIA WILSON for a discussion of Steinem's memoir, My Life on the Road.

Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. The seeds were planted: Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.
 
My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality—and the story 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 allowed Gloria to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.
 
In prose that is revealing and rich, Gloria 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, and how we understand each other.

Advance Praise

“A personal, beautiful look at the deceptively radical act of travel and how it formed one of our 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

“Rarely do women have the opportunity to travel as Steinem has done—living a life full of radical adventure. Everywhere she goes, she carries with her the vitality of democracy,  of freedom for women and men, and her profound love of justice. Now she offers us the good fortune of journeying with her. An inspiring work, a call for action, Steinem shares her life as a global freedom fighter, inviting readers to continue the journey—and the struggle.”—bell hooks

“It's amazing to have a lifelong heroine who is also one of my favorite writers. Gloria Steinem is a deeply revolutionary woman. She steered us through the contentious years of the women's movement without losing her humanity or her wonderful sense of humor. She changed America in a fundamental way without being damaged by it, or losing her joy. My Life on the Road is filled with beautifully told stories of the people she has spoken with and listened to, been changed by, helped organize, got radicalized by, could get lost in, could get found in. It is soul material, human and political, funny and touching, deeply spiritual. I began it again the day after I finished.”—Anne Lamott

“Gloria Steinem’s new book is a lightning rod to the head and heart—stimulating, no, shocking us to get up out of our easy chairs, and do something meaningful with our lives—to hit the road. Women will read My Life on the Road, but men must.”—James Patterson

“Powerfully personal yet universally appealing . . . Steinem, a staunch advocate for reproductive rights and equal rights for women, long before either was fashionable in the public eye . . . strives to create positive, meaningful change. Her inviting prose is easy and enjoyable to read, even when the subject matter veers towards the painful.”—Publishers Weekly

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and she remained one of its editors for fifteen years. In 1968, she helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jeane, and As if Women Matter (published in India). Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, the James Weldon Johnson Award for Journalism, and many others. In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz

Jamia Wilson
Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is many things: An activist. A feminist. A storyteller. A mediamaker. But more than anything, she is a natural-born thought leader. As Executive Director of Women, Action, & the Media, the former YTH Executive Director, TED Prize Storyteller, and former Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade. As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work and words have appeared in and on several outlets such as New York Magazine, The Today Show, and The Washington Post. She’s also a staff writer for Rookie and has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill.

UPDATE: Tickets for this event are sold out. There will be not be a standby line for this event.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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The book signing will be limited to copies of My Life on the Road, which the author will be signing and personalizing.

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Due to time constraints, no posed photographs with the author.

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

WAM: Women, Action & the Media: http://www.womenactionmedia.org/

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