Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Jennifer Lee traces the fight for rights that now appear to once again be in danger. She also exposes the fissures within the movement, which continue to play out today.
That social disconnect between the rhetoric of the woman's liberation movement and the realities of suburban life led me to wonder about women across the country who were also beginning to change traditional roles. As a journalist I I had to find out.
Sooner than I ever imagined. The something that comes cannonballin' out of the sky when you get older is that you wake up one day and things that were just your experiences, your memories, your life, have become history. It's a surreal feeling.
Fear was releasing from my body as my mother's story echoed on the airwaves from the Pacific to the Sierra foothills. But when it came to my story -- my story, not my mother's -- the silence of my childhood was still deeply embedded in my body.
Why did Gloria Steinem evolve into a symbol of so much to so many? It's impossible to know. She became a vessel through which some women discovered themselves, their potential, and the strength to advocate for their own truths.