Gloria Steinem Comes to Boulder and Reminds Us Why We Have to Keep Engaging.

Gloria Steinem is certainly known for her points of view on gender equality. She has been a leader in social justice for four decades. In the course of that time, she has made and continues to make profound cultural observations. She did not hold back during a recent visit to speak to Boulder fans.

Her latest book, titled My Life on the Road, is part tribute to her father – who orchestrated her significantly nomadic childhood – and part memoir of Gloria’s own travels across the globe for her work as a writer and activist.

The content that Ms. Steinem shares in her book is both personal and powerful.

On Friday night (September 16, 2016), she entered a packed house at Boulder’s First United Methodist Church and joined in conversation with Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes.

In a wide-ranging discussion spanning across the personal and political spectrum, Ms. Steinem shared several bits of wisdom about media that I found both poignant and soothing, particularly in an election year.

When an exasperated audience member vented about the media coverage of the election, Ms. Steinem sagely advised that refusing to engage was not the answer.

As tempting as it may be to turn away altogether from challenging forums, Ms. Steinem reminded the audience: “Each of us is a trusted messenger.”

She continued by cautioning those of us who were frustrated, even with our usual “favorite” outlets, to not waste our energy focused on disappointment. “Be your own media,” she said.

To me, the point is that each of us has a moral compass. Each of us has some means to communicate. And the rest is up to us.

Whether one-on-one, in small groups, or even to the masses (don’t forget social media is a global platform, like it or not), we have the opportunity to impart our views. Abstaining in complaint of the establishment ultimately does little to change the status quo.

The dialogue is ongoing. We have a voice. And, if nothing else, we can focus our attention and energy on the things and people that we can affect, not on those who disappoint us.

By Ann Boyd

Ann Boyd is a strategic communications consultant, based in Boulder at her firm Ashby West. She has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate communications for major media and technology brands on both coasts and now works for several local clients including media start-up Conscious Good. She lives in Boulder with her (CU grad) husband and two children.

*The guest writer is not affiliated with Colorado Capital Management nor does she represent the opinions of the firm. The information contained in this blog is general in nature and its informational purposes only.