Gloria Steinem has accomplished so much. As a journalist, political activist, and feminist, she has founded magazines (New York and Ms.), she has written books and countless articles, and she has established dozens of organizations geared toward greater equality and protecting the rights of the unprotected. Throughout her career, she has been honored by many, including President Obama, who awarded Steinem the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Her words empower people, and inspire them to change their world. In The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion, a collection of her most inspiring and outrageous quotes, readers will see why Steinem views quotes as "the poetry of everyday life." The book includes an introduction and essay by the author, along with her collected quotes and important quotes by some of her respected friends.
But where does Steinem turn when she wants to be inspired? See her list of favorite recent reads below:
Some books save lives. On its thirty-fifth anniversary, this book is still doing it. If you have never read this wise, accurate and still fresh reality-check on how black women have often been left out of the public image of both the civil rights and feminist movements – even though they disproportionately created both – read this book. You will see the world whole. In recent times, for instance, why did 51% of white women voters support Donald Trump, yet 96% of black women voters supported Hillary Clinton?
This book will explain why. More than any other definable group, black women are the hope for the democratic future of this country.
And after you finish this book by Paula Giddings, read A Sword Among Lions, her great biography of Ida B. Wells. You will see how long black women have been leading us.
Dark Matter: New Poems by Robin Morgan
Because Robin Morgan created the great feminist anthologies of the U.S. women’s movement – Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Globaland, and Sisterhood Is Forever – you may not know that she also excels as a novelist and poet. Her new book of poems will show you that this is a woman who does it all.
We Are Makers: Real Women and Girls Shaping Our World by Amy Richards
Amy Richards has created the book I searched for growing up, diverse role models all together. It’s called We Are MAKERS: Real Women and Girls Shaping Our World. Based on the PBS series and the online platform MAKERS, this book would have inspired me with ideas of who I might grow up to share the world with, yet it also would have included me as the girl I was.
It includes biographies and quotes from a wide variety of women, from Misty Copeland, who broke the color line as a ballerina, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who broke the sex barrier on the Supreme Court. There are also athletes and tech experts, writers and builders of skyscrapers, plus some encouraging dads.
This is a book to help any girl realize her dreams.
A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone by Robert Friedman
This books lays out a simple, brilliant and practical way of eliminating the current and painful polarization of wealth and poverty. It proves with practical examples that low-income families will save money for higher education and home-ownership if they have the opportunity. All it takes is the investment of a few thousand dollars in each low-income family. This is far more practical and less condescending than any guaranteed annual income scheme.
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