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Where would America be without Gloria Steinem?, asks Carmen Callil

Steinem deserves universal recognition, but Life on the Road, her often stirring memoir, focuses too narrowly on the USA

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

My Life on the Road Gloria Steinem

One World, pp.304, £14.99, ISBN: 9781780749181

This is a book written by a most admirable woman, which is nevertheless — with some rare and excellent exceptions — most tiresome to read. Gloria Steinem has done heroic work as a founding force of American feminism and as an organiser, in America, for a myriad of causes. She is an icon of 1960s feminism, when persons such as she explained to women — mostly western women, but you have to start somewhere —that some sort of equality could be fought for and, if won, could change the world for all men and women.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £12.99 Tel: 08430 600033. Carmen Callil, founded the Virago Press in 1973.

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