Title: Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles

Author: Salamishah Tillet

Pages: 36 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

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.


The Review

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.

Title: The Suffragettes

Author: Penguin Classics

Pages: 59 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

The Blurb

‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’

A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.

One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.


The Review

As part of the Penguin 80 Books Classics series, The Suffragettes is a fabulous working document which highlights the battles that The Suffragettes fought in as they strived for women’s rights 100 years ago.

Besides legal documents it also has pictorial documentation of how the suffragettes tried to encourage other women to join their movement and also of the propaganda that they were constantly facing from those who wished to keep women suppressed.

The Suffragettes is a very interesting and basic study of feminism and a very interesting time in British history.

The Suffragettes by Penguin Classics is available now.

Title: Men and Women Talking

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 17 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

Once upon a time (just a few years ago), psychologists believed that the way we chose to communicate was largely a function of personality. If certain conversational styles were more common to one sex than the other (more abstract and aggressive talk for men, for instance, more personal and equivocal talk for women), then this was just another tribute to the influence of biology on personality.

In her landmark essay, Men and Women Talking, Gloria Steinem confronts long-held misconceptions about the supposedly scientific differences in the way men and women communicate, debunking—among other things—the myth of the “talkative woman.”

Men and Women Talking was originally published in Ms., May 1981.


The Review

Men and Women Talking was originally featured in Ms Magazine in May 1981. In this article Steinem discusses women’s positions in social dynamics and how it differs drastically to men. It argues how women will be apologetic just for being and for having opinions and how it is expected that a man will show no such social subservience and is therefore often seen as more powerful.

It is shocking that 37 years later this still seems to be the case. Women are still paid less, hold fewer powerful positions in businesses or government, and how women are generally seen as the lesser sex.

Men and Women Talking is as insightful now as it as when it was originally published.

Men and Women Talking by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.

Title: In Praise of Women’s Bodies

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 9 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

It’s a truism, for instance, that a few clothes are more shocking than none. But for women especially, bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can’t possibly fit. Without those visual references, however, each individual woman’s body can be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.

After spending a few days at a spa in the company of 90 or so women, Gloria Steinem wrote In Praise of Women’s Bodies, a short but powerful essay that’s part ode and part treatise and fully in awe of the female form, in all its unique variety.

In Praise of Women’s Bodies was originally published in Ms., April 1982.

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

I love Gloria Steinem’s writing. I came to her quite late on but I have enjoyed my sojourn into her world of feminism. This particular article – In Praise of Women’s Bodies really struck a chord with me. As a 34 year old woman I have never sat in the company of women in the nude. I didn’t grow up in a naked house and I can honestly say that the thought of doing so makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Not because of being naked in front of women just because being naked in front of anybody doesn’t exactly fill me with comfort. Heck, I’ve never even worn a crop top.

What I got from this article is that I want to want to be able to. I may never get to that completely comfortable place of feeling comfortable with my body around other women but I can at least hold on to the impression that I will one day.

In Praise of Women’s Bodies by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.

Dear IjeaweleTitle: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Pages: 81 Pages

Publishers: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The Blurb

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response: fifteen invaluable suggestions—direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

The Review

You know what? I do love a good manifesto. I think it is a word that I need to use more in my daily life. I need a manifesto. With Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has created one for women. It is about the right to be a woman. A right to have equality not because someone says you can but because you say that you can.

It started out as a letter that she wrote for her friend’s daughter. A guide on how to be a strong woman but seriously the advice in this document is really something that we should all read and all aspire to live by.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is available now.

For more information regarding Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (@Chimamandabook) please visit www.harmonypublishing.com.ng.

For more information regarding Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (@doubledaybooks) please visit www.doubleday.com.

35 Stars