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Rediscover: Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has spent decades advocating for women's rights. She graduated from Smith College, spent two years in India, followed by a tenure at the Independent Research Service. Steinem worked for several magazines in the 1960s before her 1969 article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation," gained national recognition. In 1972, Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes founded Ms. magazine, which had a trial run of 300,000 copies that sold out in eight days. She has since continued to fight for women's rights around the world.

In 1983, Steinem published Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, which collects many of her most famous articles. "I Was a Playboy Bunny," originally published in 1963, recounts her undercover employment as a Playboy Bunny at the New York Playboy Club, where women faced constant mistreatment. "If Men Could Menstruate," originally published in 1978, pictures a world in which men menstruate and share their suffering as badges of honor rather than the shame bestowed on women. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions has since sold more than 500,000 copies and been reprinted three times, most recently with a new introduction by Emma Watson and new material from the author. The latest edition of this feminist classic is now available from Picador ($20, 9781250204868). --Tobias Mutter