World-renowned feminist and political activist, Gloria Steinem, is out with a new book called, “My Life on the Road.” In it, she tells stories about how life has unfolded in her many years of traveling, the connections she’s made along the way, and how her journey allowed her to cross borders and break barriers. Now in her 80s, Steinem, a woman who has earned herself a special place in Americana, is back on the road, selling her latest creation.
Gloria Steinem Travels
Gloria Steinem’s is the road more traveled. In “My Life on the Road,” her first book in more than 20 years, she tells candid stories about how the years she spent traveling helped shape both her life and the trailblazing equality movement that she worked to build—mostly because of the experiences she had and the many people she encountered along the way. If you are drawn to travel, you can relate, whether or not you consider yourself to be a feminist.
In a recent interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Steinem explained, “I really wanted to do it because not only is [traveling] what I do the most and had written about the least, but also it’s something that I really want to give to other people. Especially women because women are not supposed to go out on the road. The road has been a male province and a male literary province.”
Tales from the Road
Steinem was a child with an itinerant family–her father Leo packing them up at times on a whim. She recounted in an interview on PBS NewsHour how he, “…had no home, I mean, he was a total wanderer, and my mother had no journey of her own, because she had to give up the career as a writer and journalist…” In her book, she delves deeper into details of her youth, how her father’s wanderlust affected her and her mother as they seemingly never settled down.
Her tales include recounting time spent in India in the 1960s, her experience of social activism on campuses, time spent on the road with political campaigns, insight into her creation of Ms. Magazine, traveling to support causes and much more. But for Steinem, she explains travel is not just the state you are in, but rather a state of mind.
Advantages of Traveling
Steinem described the biggest advantages of traveling during her Daily Show interview, saying, “… in a deep sense it’s like meditation. It makes you live in the present. And in an external all the time sense, it makes you learn. You know because you know if you’re listening and seeing all this diversity and nobody is who you think they are–they turn out to be different. And if you travel long enough it’s like a novel. You get to the end of the novel that 15 years ago you were at the beginning of. It’s fantastic.”
A concept she reveals is that by taking to the road, you allow the road to take you. It’s a concept that anyone who appreciates travel can truly relate to even if you do hit some bumps in the road—meeting new people, seeing different places, learning about new cultures. Listening and letting your life be influenced, allowing travel to be a catalyst for change in one’s life. If this reasoning resonates with you, then you’ll need to add “My Life on the Road” to your travel-reading list.
And of course, as one must do when promoting a new book, Steinem is once again… back on the road.