Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 • 1 Comment on The Revolution Continues
Gloria Steinem rocked the house last night. I drove home in a daze, mesmerized by her words. I’m still mesmerized. The woman influenced my whole way of thinking when I was a teenager/young adult—or maybe she simply reinforced ideas that I believed were true but weren’t validated by the adults in my life—so to be in the same room with her and hear her say all those things I’ve read for the past twenty-something years was incredible. As I listened to her, I wished everyone I knew was in the audience, especially the young women who don’t know who Gloria Steinem is (and don’t think women’s rights are an issue anymore) and the parents who don’t understand how their own ingrained sexist attitudes are affecting their daughters—and sons.
Scholars, Witches and Other Freedom Fighters is a transcript of a speech Gloria gave at Salem State College in 1993. It’s a little dated, but I like the title and her message hasn’t changed. What’s funny is that she opened last night’s speech in a similar way—“Thanks for coming out and taking a chance on a stranger.” Stranger? No… long lost mother.
I hunted around and found Sex and the Feminist Revolution, a recording of a speech Gloria made at Indiana University in 2003. It’s the next best thing to hearing her in person.