While at the ALA Conference in San Francisco, learning about all that is shiny, sticky and new in librarianship, I started my day with Gloria Steinem. She spoke for less than an hour but completely blew my hair back. The woman is brilliant, modest, quick on her feet, and all of the other things that you’d expect of a woman who has dedicated her life to equal rights.
A few paraphrases from GS:
-Men can be feminists.
-If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.
-Every year on Columbus Day I forget to put a note on that statue in Columbus Park that says “murderer.”
-Women are kept down by men controlling by their reproduction. It all starts there.
-We’ll boost the economy by giving women equal pay. It would put millions back into the economy.
She left me in an incredible headspace, feeling empowered to be better, to connect as humans, to learn and impart, to question what is being said to you, and to be the kind of librarian that I want to be, rather than what I think is expected of me by my peers. It’s easy to forget these basics in the day-to-day, and we all need a little nudge back to the inner light once in a while. Mine just happened to be from Gloria Steinem.
Best conference ever.