"I'm a hope-a-holic!" ~ Gloria Steinem


Gloria Steinem grew up like most little girls - with big dreams. She wanted to be famous and help people. Her mama had big dreams of being a journalist but was never able to follow them. When she grows up, Gloria travels to India and then moves to New York to be a journalist. She gets frustrated because she can't write about the things she is passionate about. A friend introduces her to the women's liberation movement. Gloria is inspired by the movement and makes this her life's calling. 

Parent Perspective:
Exceptional. The illustrations are lovely - of the time, and yet still modern; and the story is very well told. It not only highlights historical views but showcases the relevance of efforts for acceptance and equality today. Don't sell it short and call it a "girl book." Boys should know about their mom's dreams!! Younger listeners (Kindergarten to second first grade) will understand the ideas following your dreams and family dynamics. Societal concepts and understanding the movement won't have much meaning for them until they are a little older.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Excellent, reader-friendly presentation of societal views in the 1950s-1970s, and the role that Gloria Steinem played in changing opportunities for women. The illustrations are wonderful and there is detailed information about various spreads in the back that make them even more special. 

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This picture book shares how Gloria Steinem's childhood influenced her life and career choices.
Educational Themes:

This is a picture book for an older audience (read 3rd grade and up). You're not going to get lots of details about the Women's Liberation Movement, but there is enough there to contrast/compare options for women today v. the mid-1900s. Ask your reader what they see in the illustrations that are "the same" today, and what is different. Is a typewriter different? Do we use keyboards more or less?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. I could see this as a book to keep for girls who need a little inspiration for tough times.

Title Gloria's Voice

The Story of Gloria Steinem - Feminist, Activist, Leader

Author Aura Lewis
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2018
Illustrators Aura Lewis
ISBN 9781454926665
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Biography, History, 1960s & 1970s, Social Issues
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