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"...powerful and necessary inspiration for the contemporary listener." (AudioFile magazine)

An updated third edition of the renowned feminist’s most diverse and timeless collection of essays, with a new foreword written by Emma Watson and new material written and read by Gloria Steinem. 

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions has sold over half a million copies since its original publication in 1983, acclaimed for its witty, warm, and life-changing view of the world, "as if women mattered". Steinem's truly personal writing is here, from the now-famous exposé, "I Was a Playboy Bunny", to the moving tribute to her mother "Ruth's Song (Because She Could Not Sing It)". Her prescient essays on female genital mutilation and the difference between erotica and pornography are still referenced and relevant today, and the hilarious satire, "If Men Could Menstruate”, resonates as much as ever.  

As Watson writes of Steinem in her foreword, “She makes what otherwise can be arduous and depressing reading into something not only relatable, but also enjoyable.... Her plain common sense, calling things out as they are, will make you laugh out loud. This is her superpower.”

©1983; 1984; 1995; 2018; 2019 Text copyright by Gloria Steinem; Text copyright by East Toledo Productions, Inc.; Text copyright by Gloria Steinem; Foreword copyright by Emma Watson; Preface copyright by Gloria Steinem (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Featured Article: The Best Feminist Quotes to Inspire and Empower


From the suffragettes of the 18th and 19th centuries to the #MeToo activists and glass-ceiling breakers still fighting for equality today, the feminist movement has evolved around the world for hundreds of years. Feminism that is intersectional and inclusive is more important than ever, with activists amplifying the voices of women whose struggles are compounded further by their race, identity, and class. Learn about gender equality with these quotes.

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Every Feminist must read this!

Gloria is a very good writer. I enjoyed immensely this book. It opened my eyes on many problems that I wasn’t aware. I highly recommend it.

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Speaking out for equality is still relevant and mote important than ever!

To me, Gloria Steinem has been the face of the feminist movement since the late 60’s. She represents a smart, talented person that been pointing out social inequalities the must be addressed if society is to be a better place for our daughters and sons.

Her sharp, incisive articles, written decades ago, are still relevant today. Maybe even more so, as generations have taken for granted the rights and liberties afforded to them by the struggles of their mothers or grandmothers. Her fighting spirit reminds me of the wonderful woman I married, who fights similar battles of gender pay gap and other inequalities at work or in society.

As a father of two, a son and a daughter, I want my kids to realize their potential in whatever field they choose without being bound by pre-defined roles and expectations or limited by society preconceptions of what they can and cannot do based on their gender, race or social class.

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A Must Read (or listen) For Every Generation

I laughed, I cried, I was challenged, and I was inspired. How does it get any better than that?

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An Inspiration to All

This book has opened my eyes and inspired me to proudly say I am a feminist. If you are looking for inspiration, gut wrenching stories, and powerful writing, this is the right book!

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Even if you don’t agree with everything, the points made are well supported, leaving the reader to think again. This book made me proud to have a period.

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excellent

highly recommended! great history of women's struggle for equality and independence. inspiring and motivational.

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Timeless. Inspiring. Important.

Although Gloria wishes her words are not still as accurate and applicable today as they are... She is a beacon of wisdom and bravery and inspiration. Always.

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Worth reading to get the history perspective

Worth reading subjective history of feminism mostly from US perspective. Some of the essays were more interesting then others, some of them where quite old but it shows what was going on in 70s or 80s. I’m shocked that Equal Rights Amendment (non discrimination based on sex) didn’t pass in US since 1923. Im glad it is not a case in my country and I better understand why those movements are so important.