She needs little introduction. Gloria Steinem - writer, feminist activist and catalyst for change - has been at the coalface of gender equality and human rights activism for more than half a century. A powerful force and voice, much of her life has played out on the road, from her staccatoed childhood with an itinerant family to years spent traversing the globe. 

She was loud before my time, but I tell my daughters four that Steinem and the wise women who came before us are the ones who lit the way. (They usually laugh and return to @instagram -  how little they know and how much they take for granted - for now).

Steinem's just-released memoir - 'My Life On The Road' - has been described as 'a lightning rod to the head and heart'. It's true - it packs a punch, and allows her to harness her life story with a reflective lens, coming to the cognisance that while she drove with her head, the road led her, she now realises, mostly by the heart. 

To women and girls today she says: "LISTEN TO YOURSELVES, NOT TO ME."

But it's not about her at all. It's about being aware of who and what is drowning out your song. About knowing how to hear your heart. About blocking out life's noise to tap your inner self, which gets harder and harder as life gets louder and louder. 

Full-on days, full-on diaries, full-on people and full-up heads fill up all your inner spaces, but it's your heart that holds your roadmaps for real honesty, vulnerability, insight and roads enough to lead you to the lightning rod of your own story. 

The thing is, there is no one path - the way is paved as we walk. It sounds pontifical, but it's earthed in the heavy, hard and true  plodding shit of the everyday: We can't control what's ahead, but we can choose to powerfully walk the road out of our own heads, and into the capaciousness of our own quiet hearts.  #wisewomen #gloriasteinem

"When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts."
Excerpt from 'My Life On The Road' by Gloria Steinhem

WISE WOMEN Project 2016. ✂️ 
A collaborative, creative storytelling project by Madeleine Grummet + Mignon Stewart.
Watch this space.

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