Gloria Steinem comes to Reno's Nightingale Concert Hall on Sept. 20 to speak about her experiences as a journalist and a feminist, and to promote her new book "My Life on the Road."
Steinem, an advocate for women's rights, takes the stage at 7 p.m. Her appearance is presented by Sundance Books and Music and the Holland Project, an arts and music nonprofit. Although she is now 81, she shows little sign of slowing down, according Sundance Bookstore's website.
"She will be discussing and expounding on the events that take place in her book," said Troy Falk, retail sales representative at Sundance Books and Music. "She has tirelessly advocated on the front lines of these issues, but she is also an important symbol of hope for those who continue to be treated unfairly in our society. The prospect of hearing commentary from a genuine modern icon such as Ms. Steinem is truly not to be missed."
'The truth may set you free ...'
Steinem is the author of more than a half-dozen books and is known for many different sayings, including "the truth may set you free, but first it will piss you off." Her latest book was released last fall.
In "My Life on the Road," Steinem tells the story of her continual travels in life, travels that started when she was young. Her father would pack the family into the car and head out for adventure while he looked for opportunities to early a living, she recounts.
The book captures her life in these early days, but also of later times working as a journalist in the 1960s in India, political campaigns in the U.S, and the founding of Ms. magazine in 1972. Along the way, she advocated for women's rights and helped to found both the Women's Action Alliance and the National Women's Political Caucus. She also started Take Our Daughters to Work Day, an initiative that came out of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
"The battles to achieve equality that Ms. Steinem has been involved with for decades are still being fought today," Falk said. "While much progress has been made in these areas, there is nevertheless much more to be accomplished. With her long history in this struggle, Ms. Steinem ideally placed to offer her perspective on where we've been, where we are and where we may be going in this regard."
Taking the stage
The doors to the event open at 5:30 p.m. with Steinem taking the stage at 7 p.m. A tight deadline prevents her from being available to do a book signing, according to the Sundance website.
General admission tickets to the event were $15, and the opportunity to buy both a general admission ticket and a copy of her book, were available at $25. However, tickets for Steinem's appearance are now sold out, according to Sundance. After her appearance in Reno, Steinem continues on to Raleigh, N.C.
"Gloria Steinem is a pioneer in championing equal rights, and it our belief that many in our area will appreciate the opportunity to see and hear someone of Ms. Steinem's stature," Falk said. "Sundance Books and Music has a strong conviction in presenting events that enrich our community."
This includes support for a variety of events, including the Sunland series, which was also created in partnership with the Holland Project. That series featured a quarterly salon-style discussion on a given theme.
"Being able to assist in bringing Ms. Steinem to Nightingale Hall is an excellent way to continue to nurture that philosophy," Falk said.