Feminist Gloria Steinem is coming to town. Not surpringly, she’s got more on her mind than a new book.
“Women get more radical as they age. Of course, aging and the approaching of death are two different things. I’m loving aging. But I’m not so sure about the death part.”
On younger women
“I am inspired and always learning from young women. They not only have better shit detectors than my generation or several after me, but they are brave, daring, and inventive. The idea that young women are not feminists is part of a backlash tactic of convincing the public that feminism is over.”
On her next book
“I initially sought to write an ‘on the road’ book since I felt that genre had too few female voices. It’s become much more of a memoir. My ‘on the road’ life is what people know the least about.”
“I’m on Twitter, but I feel no temptation to tell people what I’m having for breakfast. New media are a blessing in their potential... But perhaps the highest purpose of the web is to bring us together in one room. Long-form journalism is still appreciated and popular.”
On the economy
“Women are not only left out of the conversation about the economy, they’re left out of the economy. Equal pay alone would insert $200 billion more into the economy.”
“As for looking younger than you are, why change the foot to fit the shoe? Why not change society to fit our diversity instead of surgically changing our bodies and putting poisonous substances into them?”
See her live: Steinem is speaking at the new “Inspiring Minds” series at Congregation Beth Am in Carmel Valley on October 3. For tickets and info, visit betham.com.