At the start of the year, Emma Watson launched an online feminist book club as part of her work for UN Women. Every month, she’s encouraging people around the world to join her in reading a feminist piece of fiction or non-fiction and discussing it on Goodreads. January’s book was feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem’s 2015 memoir, My Life on the Road
As it’s currently February 10th, I’m obviously a little behind. And now is an odd time to be discussing Gloria Steinem, thanks to the furor over her recent comments about the Democrat primary elections. But I always meant to write about my own reactions to these books (some of which I may have read before, many of which I assume will be new to me), and My Life on the Road was a fantastic place to start.
In My Life on the Road, Steinem presents herself as an organizer, bringing others together throughout her life to talk and initiate change, whether it’s on a college campus level or a US government level. The book’s main point is the important of “talking circles” — discussions where everyone is encouraged to contribute, and where the people most affected by issues can have their voices heard and suggest their own solutions. It’s a book about the need for communication and community — and what could be more relevant to a new online feminist bookclub, hoping to bring people around the globe together to discuss feminist issues?