ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Gloria Steinem was born in Toledo in 1934 and became one of the leading voices on issues of equality. In 2014, The Steinem Sisters Collective, a grassroots group of Toledo-area feminists, created a lending library of feminist publications to recognize the noted journalist and social activist’s 80th birthday and named it the Steinem Sisters’ Library and Resource Center. The library was housed at People Called Women, a feminist bookstore owned by one of the Collective’s founding members. When the store was sold in 2017, the Collective’s original set of feminist works was donated to the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and renamed the Steinem Sisters Collection. The Toledo Library is the only public library in the United States with a special feminist collection.

The Steinem Sisters Collection champions women’s historical, cultural, and political contributions and strives to provide a welcoming space for women from all walks of life to share their truths. It is composed of “feminist materials,” intersectional works that uphold human and women’s rights and interests in defining and promoting political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes, races, classes, sexual orientations, and genders. The Steinem Sisters Collection has grown to over 900 titles in the ten years since its inception. Regular programming, including book discussion groups and talking circles, aims to highlight the collection and build community.

Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Regan Barnhill

(M) August 5 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Feminism and Sustainability, Local Farming, and Eco-activism

Steinem Sisters Collection Talking Circle

(Tu) August 20 | 6 — 7:30 p.m. | Sylvania

What is eco-feminism? How does it affect us in NW Ohio? Locally sustainability advocates will lead a discussion on their journeys to sustainability and what women in Lucas County can do to help.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

(Sa) September 7 | 1:45 — 3 p.m. | Library in the Community

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection, meeting at the Toledo Museum of Art in the Herrick Lobby (off Art Museum Drive).

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

(M) October 7 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

(M) November 4 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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Steinem Sisters Collection Book Club

Revival Season by Monica West

(M) December 2 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Sanger

A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.

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