Gloria’s Voice: The Story Of Gloria Steinem – Feminist, Activist, Leader (Aura Lewis)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Gloria’s Voice: The Story Of Gloria Steinem – Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis, a gorgeously illustrated biography of the landmark journalist.

Once there was a little girl named Gloria who had big dreams. She dreamt of being famous, of doing good, and of making a difference. Her mother had dreamt of becoming a journalist, but at the time, women were expected to stay at home and out of the workplace. So after two years of humanitarian work in India, Gloria decided to try to fulfill her mother’s dream. However, she found that because she was a woman, she was still not taken seriously, and given only makeup and fashion stories. After becoming involved in the Women’s Liberation Movement, Gloria decides to use her voice to speak out against sexism in society and the workplace. She joins forces with her friend Dorothy Pitman Hughes to co-found their own magazine, Ms., that prints stories on the topics that are truly important to women. Gloria has spent her life helping others, especially her fellow women, using her strength, her intelligence, and her voice.

Wonderful. This is a great primer for an iconic figure in journalism and feminism, and hit a lot of right notes. Gloria’s story is simplified, touching on many formative themes and events from her early life and career (“A Bunny’s Tale” – perhaps her most widely-known story – is understandably omitted). It serves to introduce Steinem’s drive and work without overwhelming, and does a good job. The art is stunning, channeling the bright colors and bold patterns of the time to create often-symbolic illustrations that speak as much as the text. There’s a small issue with pacing, though the length is fine, and I wish more time had been spent discussing the feminist themes, but this was overall a pretty awesome way to introduce Steinem to little ones, and we liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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