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Gail Sheehy is an icon of American journalism, a sought-after speaker and groundbreaking pioneer for women. She is the author of 17 books. Her landmark work, Passages, was named by the Library of Congress “one of the ten most influential books of our time.” Today, she’s a woman on a mission to redefine millennials. In her current book project, Passages in MillennialWorld, Gail has been hanging out with young people at Burning Man, in workplaces and nightclubs, and reporting on the game-changers who are rewriting the rules between men and women, devising new strategies to delay marriage and family, and pioneering new passages.
Passages remained on The NYTimes Bestseller List for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. Gail revisits the stages of adult life in five other books on the passages theme and illuminates our predictable crises: The Silent Passage — menopause (1993), New Passages (1995), Understanding Men’s Passages (1997), Sex and the Seasoned Women (2007), and Passages in Caregiving (2010). She has appeared five times on the New York Times Bestseller List.
As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. She has covered national and world leaders and broken many cultural taboos. Culminating a decade of following Hillary Clinton for Vanity Fair, she wrote the biography, Hillary’s Choice. She has written about the character and psychology of national and national leaders from Robert Kennedy to both Presidents Bush to Barack Obama, and world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to Egypt’s Anwar Sadat. She is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism and three-time winner or finalist for National Magazine Awards. In 2013, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Books for a Better Life. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates, and a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association.
Passing 70, Sheehy decided it was about time she turned the lens on herself. She wrote a memoir about her own passages. The book is DARING: My Passages, published by HarperCollins in 2014. It inspires young women to dream big, take risks, outlive early failures, and build toward success with meaning and social purpose by midlife.