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Ms. Gloria Steinem

A Life

Winifred Conkling

Square Fish

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ISBN10: 1250833043
ISBN13: 9781250833044

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320 Pages



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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.


Praise for Ms. Gloria Steinem

"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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Read an Excerpt

A portrait of Gloria Steinem published in the 1956 Smith College yearbook, The Hamper

[Smith College]



Once you get a taste of being independent, you’ll never want to get married.


About the author

Winifred Conkling

Winifred Conkling is a freelance writer specializing in history and health and consumer topics. Her articles have appeared in a number of national magazines including American Health, McCall’s, Consumer Reports, and Reader’s Digest. Winifred lives in northern Virginia with her husband, three children, a dog, two rats, a horse, and quite a few squirrels and chipmunks in the backyard. She is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books, including Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery; Radioactive!: How Irène Curie & Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World; and Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot.

Winifred Conkling

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