In her latest book, “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off,” activist and journalist Gloria Steinem writes this: “It’s not only that we live in a patriarchy; it’s that patriarchy lives in us.”
In a recent discussion, Steinem talked with MPR News host Kerri Miller about that quote and the role of patriarchy, specifically in how it can start at home. She said:
“We’re all the product of how we were raised in our families and if our families were not democratic families — that is, women raise children more than men did — I rest my case. We absorb that and we absorb the idea that if there is a hierarchy in our family, then it must be inevitable. And this, I think, we’re just beginning to connect to our understanding of national and world politics.”
During the wide-ranging conversation as part of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Distinguished Carlson Lecture, Steinem explored the history of women and activism; the current conversation surrounding the Equal Rights Amendment; the #MeToo movement; and what it would take for a woman to become president of the United States.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer. Her latest book is “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! Thoughts on Life, Love and Rebellion.”