Gloria Steinem is a powerhouse; the kind of person possessed by an innate desire to change the world for the better. She’s a writer, activist, feminist organizer, editor…and a laundry list of other things. She has founded or helped found organizations such as the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice, Choice USA (now URGE) Ms. Foundation for Women, (which is basically the reason we have Take Your Daughter to Work Day), Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa. She also co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, for which she still remains an editor.
Basically, this women walks into a room and organizes ways in which to make that room better. If she were a citizen of Westeros, Missandei would quit her job as resident title announcer for Daenerys of House Targaryen in favor of Gloria of House Steinem. Reading her resume is equal parts exhausting and motivating—she’s been adorned with everything from writing accolades to the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Sir Obama—the highest civilian honor. My only fear in writing this article is that I fail to give Gloria Steinem the recognition she deserves; therefore, I will simply say: she’s achieved more than I could possibly mention here.
In 2015, Steinem’s book My Life on the Road became a New York Time Bestseller; it was praised by everyone, including Oprah. Below is a synopsis of the memoir from Steinem’s website:
When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.
Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. The seeds were planted: Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.
My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality—and the story of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both. From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country—a lifetime spent on the road allowed Gloria to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.
In prose that is revealing and rich, Gloria reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other.”
All of that being said, it should come as no surprise (hopefully) that the book has been adapted into a screenplay by Sarah Ruhl and stars Julianne Moore (another legend) as Gloria of House Steinem, Breaker of Chains. As a leader/pioneer/hero of modern feminism, Steinem is the refreshing type of hero we deserve to see on the silver screen. The film will be entitled The Glorias: A Life on the Road and is being directed by Julie Taymor of Frida fame. The story chronicles her life as a legend and will no doubt depict the impact she has had on so many lives.
In an interview with Page Six, Moore opened up about the project:
“Alicia Vikander plays one version of Gloria. Two girls, one nine, one twelve, play her younger. It explores her growing up days and her place in the women’s movement. Bette Midler has the role of Bella Abzug. Julie Taymor directs. The screenplay’s also by women.”
Filming of the biopic began in January of this year and a release date has yet to be announced.
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