Gloria Steinem’s Memoir Is So ‘Vividly Cinematic’ It Requires a Film Adaptation

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Today in things to look forward to, a film adaptation of Gloria Steinem's memoir My Life on the Road is officially happening. It's set to be directed by Julie Taymor of Frida and Across the Universe fame and will be written by Sarah Ruhl, a playwright known for her Tony and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), a feminist history of the vibrator and its roots in the treatment of so-called “hysteria” in the Victorian era.

The book, which was published in 2015, follows Steinem as she travels through India in her 20s, hears Martin Luther King speak at the 1963 March on Washington, founds Ms. Magazine, travels the country as a journalist, goes undercover as a Playboy bunny for a now-iconic exposé, organizes the 1977 National Women's Conference, and swiftly becomes a bona fide icon for gender equality. Steinem describes it as the “story of a nomad,” and it's dedicated to the London physician who helped her obtain an illegal abortion at age 22.

“When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film. It’s so vividly cinematic, with entertaining and complex characters and, like Gloria herself, also witty and provocative. From reluctant spokesperson to a beacon of positive change, hers is a singular journey — an American leader who can speak to us all,” Taymor told Deadline.

No word yet on who will play Steinem, who as a young reporter in the '70s was described by no less than the Washington Post as the “miniskirted pinup girl of the intelligentsia.” And since there's also no word on when the film might be released, there's plenty of time to dive into Steinem's memoir and/or binge read her many other works.