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Gloria’s Voice

Written and Illustrated by: Aura Lewis

For ages: 4-10 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Activism, Feminism, Historical Figures, 

Summary: Gloria is a little girl that dreams of being famous for helping others. Gloria’s mother always wanted to be a journalist in New York City, but has to stay home and take care of her house. Gloria thinks this is very unfair, and it makes her sad. When she is ten, her parents separate. Gloria’s mom gets very ill and can’t look after Gloria anymore. When she is grown, Gloria begins to travel and see the world. When she goes to India, she joins an aid coalition to help those in need. After two years, she leaves India and becomes a journalist in NYC, wanting to continue helping people. Instead, she is only given fluff pieces to write about. Gloria is angry, and demands to be heard! One day her friend asks her to cover the women’s liberation movement, and Gloria becomes inspired. She has found her cause. Gloria and her friend Dorothy begin to travel and speak about this movement, and start Ms. magazine! Gloria became a key voice in feminism, and continues to support all women’s voices to this day.

This book is a great introduction to the history of second-wave feminism. The illustrations are beautiful, and there is a plethora of information at the back of the book including a more descriptive history of Steinem’s life as well as page by page notes.

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you ever heard of Gloria Steinem before this book?
  • Why is it important that all people are treated equally?
  • What can you do to help ensure that people in your community are treated fairly?

Continuing the Conversation:

  • Learn more about the feminist movement and what it’s doing today. How are people in your community helping marginalized populations? How can you join in their efforts?
  • Learn more about activism in your area, and choose a project as a class. Have a clothing drive, write letters to your local government, or stand up for something you feel is right! Gloria saw inequality as something that can be fixed with hard work, and you can be part of that!

About the Author & Illustrator:

Aura Lewis is an author-illustrator based in New York City. She has an MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Aura’s debut picture book, Gloria’s Voice, was published in March 2018 with Sterling Publishing, and is available online and in bookstores! Her second book, The Illustrated Feminist, will be published in 2020 with Abrams.