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Children's LiteratureWhen Gloria Steinem was growing up, women's places were in their homes. If they aspired to a career they could consider becoming a teacher, a nurse, a secretary, until they got married. Little else was open. The book begins by describing those times, then tells about the beginnings of the women's movement in the late 1960s. After setting the stage it tells of the unconventional and difficult childhood that molded Gloria Steinem into a woman with courage and strong beliefs, as well as the people and events who awakened her to the needs for change. It documents her achievements, including her part in Ms. magazine, and shows the changes that came about as she and others led the way. The book talks of the men she has lived with and unblinkingly deals with the influence of her abortion on her life. In a biographical author's note, Ms. Gorman, an editor and writer for more than 20 years, mentions she still owns her copy of the preview issue of Ms. that she bought in 1972. Her interest in the subject gives her insight into the significance of the women's movement and her professionalism provides a balanced outlook. This book, like others in the publisher's series "Trailblazers of the Modern World" includes a time line, historical photos, fact boxes with background information that complements the text, sources of further information in print and online, a glossary, and an index 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 to Adult.
— Janet Crane Barley