Last week, Rick Steves interviewed writer and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. The impetus for the interview was Steinem’s recent travel-oriented book, My Life on the Road. It’s an interesting interview that you can listen to here (Steinem’s segment begins about 14 minutes in):

The interview is fascinating all around, but it’s particularly interesting because it emphasizes the roles travel can play beyond fun and vacationing. In Steinem’s case, travel prepared her for the challenges of freelance writing, how to organize and push for social change, and other things. Here are a few highlights:

• Steinem talks about exposure to a variety of indigenous cultures whose “paradigm of society was a circle, not a pyramid, not a hierarchy. So they understood people as being linked rather than ranked.”

• “I began to realize that we still had something of a national inferiority complex, or at least some groups in this country do.” Steinem’s point here (and in her book) is that travel in U.S. is a worthwhile and illuminating experience.

• “If you don’t drive, the moment you leave your door the trip starts. You’re in the subway, you’re talking to a taxi driver. Whatever it is, you are not isolated all by yourself in this tin can of a car.”

— Jim Dalrymple II

*Cover photo via Creative Commons/Ms. Foundation for Women



Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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