My Life on the Road is part autobiography, part political treatise, and part impressionist account of the amazing people and places Gloria Steinem has encountered during the four-plus decades she’s been an itinerant feminist agitator.
It is not enough for Black women to use our votes to elect people who promise to include our issues in their platforms. In the future, as leaders in reproductive health-care policy debates, we will hold them accountable for their actions.
“I’d be crazy if I didn’t understand that this is a medal for the entire women’s movement,” Steinem told a gathering at the National Press Club Monday.
MAKERS was a good overview documentary, and I’m glad it exists. Unfortunately, it ended with a thud by ignoring many of the vibrant, young feminists working today.
A lot has changed since John F. Kennedy put Eleanor Roosevelt at the
head of the very first Commission on the Status of Women. According to
Anthropologist Margaret Mead, who co-edited the final report of that
organization, "the climate of opinion is turning against the idea that
homemaking is the only form of feminine achievement."
So much for the break-up of the family caused by women’s emerging roles. Turns out women’s liberation has had a transformational and positive impact on men’s lives. Makes for a Happy Father’s Day indeed!