Title: Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles
Author: Salamishah Tillet
Pages: 36 Pages
Publisher: Amazon Media
In this conversation, Gloria Steinem — the 79-year-old activist, author and 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — reflects on her personal life growing up in Toledo, Ohio, and her political awakening during the most radical decade of the 20th century, while discussing the obstacles and opportunities that continue to shape the lives of American families today.
Steinem has spent her life working for racial justice and women’s rights. In this interview, she speaks humorously and insightfully on everything from politics to pop culture. She reveals that the backlash she received for supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid was “one of the worst experiences of my life,” and criticizes a history of feminism that forgets the deep alliances between early civil rights and women’s rights activists. Whether she’s defending Kim Kardashian from public vitriol or calling out the antiquated sexual assault policies of the U.S. military, Gloria Steinem is always engaged, always fighting for what she believes in.
The interview was conducted by Salamishah Tillet, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Tillet blogs for The Nation, and is the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination. She is also the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women.
Having read Gloria Steinem’s biography and a few pieces that she had written for Ms Magazine I was pleasantly surprised with Salamishah Tillet’s interview with Gloria Steinem.
You see, you get the sense (and rightly so) that in the pieces produced by Steinem that whilst she has no qualms with honesty and baring her soul that she controls the narrative. It was interesting to see her exposed in such a way that wasn’t critical but was led by another party.
We get to see Steinem under the microscope and what makes her feel the way she does.
This was a very interesting read.
Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles by Salamishah Tillet is available now.
For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.