2015 Richard C. Holbrooke
Distinguished Achievement Award

Gloria Steinem, 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner
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Gloria Steinem


 

"As a little girl reading about Eleanor Roosevelt in a Toledo neighborhood library -- or a grown-up recommending books like Sex and World Peace to all who will listen -- I've learned that words give us our ideas of what is possible. I'm honored to be any part of a recognition that words and ideas must lead the way."

                                              Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City and has just finished a book detailing her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer.

 
Book Excerpt:

After I joined the ranks of traveling organizers—which just means being an entrepreneur of social change — I discovered the magic of people telling their own stories to groups of strangers. It’s as if attentive people create a magnetic force field for stories the tellers themselves didn’t know they had within them. Also, one of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.

                                              - Gloria Steinem
                                                       My Life on the Road

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