Gloria Steinem was no stranger to injustice even from a young age.
Her mother, Ruth, having suffered a nervous breakdown at only 34, spent much of Gloria's childhood in and out of mental health facilities. And when Gloria was only 10 years old, her father divorced her mother and left for California, unable to bear the stress of caring for Ruth any longer.
Gloria never blamed her mother for being unable to hold down a job to support them both after that, but rather blamed society's intrinsic hostility toward women, and working women in particular. This was the spark that lit a fire in her that would burn for decades, and continues to burn brightly today.
"Insightful . . . readers will come away with a deeper appreciation for how much has changed for women during Steinem’s lifetime and how much of that change was forged by Steinem herself. Extensive back matter includes timelines of Steinem’s life and of feminism in America, a 'Who’s Who' list, source notes, and a bibliography."—Horn Book
"This wonderfully detailed biography provides insights into the events that shaped Gloria Steinem's life and turned her into a groundbreaking advocate for women's rights."—Booklist
"An enlightening, high-quality narrative history of a woman and her work as a leader of American feminism."—School Library Journal (starred review)
"Conkling provides a clear, sensitive portrayal of one of the foremost feminists of the modern age."—Publishers Weekly
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A portrait of Gloria Steinem published in the 1956 Smith College yearbook, The Hamper
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