Throughout the years, Gloria Steinem is perhaps the single-most iconic figure associated with women's rights, her name practically synonymous with the word "feminism."
Documenting everything from her boundary-pushing journalistic career to the foundation of Ms. magazine to being awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Winifred Conkling's Ms. Gloria Steinem: A Life is a meticulously researched YA biography that is sure to satisfy even the most voracious of aspiring glass-ceiling smashers.
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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Almost 1
Chapter 2 An Untraditional Childhood 7
Chapter 3 On Their Own 21
Chapter 4 Senior Year 32
Chapter 5 Smith 38
Chapter 6 Abortion 47
Chapter 7 India 52
Chapter 8 The Cia Connection 61
Chapter 9 Leo's Death 70
Chapter 10 Freelance Writer 76
Chapter 11 Bunny 82
Chapter 12 Outsider 90
Chapter 13 Columnist 97
Chapter 14 United Farm Workers 104
Chapter 15 Feminist Awakening 112
Chapter 16 Finding Her Voice 122
Chapter 17 Feminist Feud 133
Chapter 18 The National Women's Political Caucus 143
Chapter 19 The Equal Rights Amendment 152
Chapter 20 Preview 159
Chapter 21 Ms. 167
Chapter 22 Advertising 173
Chapter 23 Cia Backlash 180
Chapter 24 Houston 188
Chapter 25 Outspoken 199
Chapter 26 Status Changes 204
Chapter 27 Goodbye, Ruth 211
Chapter 28 Outrageous 217
Chapter 29 Cancer 231
Chapter 30 Selling and Buying Ms. 238
Chapter 31 Reflection and Revolution 243
Chapter 32 Aging 251
Chapter 33 Marriage 258
Chapter 34 Beyond 264
Box: The Ms. Foundation 273
Timeline of Gloria Steinem's Life 275
Timeline of American Feminism 279
Box: Partners in Justice 287
Who's Who: A Page from Gloria Steinem's Scrapbook 289
Source Notes 295