Celebrity picks: Gloria Steinem's favorite reads of 2019

Chris Schluep on May 01, 2019
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Gloria_Steinem_celeb_250.jpgGloria 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:



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When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings

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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman
Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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