The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Gloria Steinem

Rating: 3 / 5

Gloria Steinem’s The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion is a thought-provoking collection of quotes from Steinem’s formidable career as a social activist and public speaker.

Thanks to Randomhouse for the free copy of this book!

In this book, Steinem recalls the important work she’s done in her years as a social activist and provides inspiration and advice for making a difference in our own lives. She breaks down her work into several categories, and with each category she provides several quotes from her own speeches and interviews, which are accompanied by lovely illustrations.

My Thoughts

As a feminist, it surprises me that I know so little about Gloria Steinem. I was excited to read this book to learn more about her and to feel inspired in the midst of a tumultuous time in our history. I enjoyed the essays that began each section of the book, during which Steinem provided wisdom from her years of activism.

Overall, however, I didn’t learn much about Steinem’s career, and the quotes that followed each essay, while interesting, would have been better served if they were in context. I appreciated the messages that the quotes were supporting, but I would have gotten more out of them if more context to Steinem’s work was included.

This is a very quick read with a great message, and I overall liked it. If you’re familiar with Steinem’s work already and want to reminisce with her on all the good she’s done, I think you’ll get more out of this book than I did.


Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts on The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!

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