“In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she’s a feminist or a masochist.”  ~Gloria Steinem

“Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.” ~Margaret Mead

“I’m just a person trapped inside a woman’s body.” ~Elaine Boosler

“Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, a good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-dressed, well-groomed, and unaggressive.” ~Marya Mannes

“Sometimes the best man for the job isn’t.” ~Author Unknown

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is.  I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat.” ~Rebecca West

“What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice.” ~Barbara Strickland

“This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour in which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.” ~Gloria Steinem

“You know, the same percentage of people are gay and lesbian as are left-handed. Let’s try to figure that out. How can it be that a left-handed person can get married to another left-handed person. Left-handed people can do anything they want… I say, give homosexuals the same rights we give left-handed people.” ~Peter Camejo

“If I were really asked to define myself, I wouldn’t start with race; I wouldn’t start with blackness; I wouldn’t start with gender; I wouldn’t start with feminism. I would start with stripping down to what fundamentally informs my life, which is that I’m a seeker on the path.  I think of feminism, and I think of anti-racist struggles as part of it. But where I stand spiritually is, steadfastly, on a path about love.” ~bell hooks

“A natural response is to change the word feminist to a word with fewer stigmas attached. But inevitably the same thing will happen to that magical word. Part of the radical connotation of feminism is not due to the word, but to the action. The act of a woman standing up for herself is radical, whether she calls herself a feminist or not. ” ~Paula Kamen

4 responses

12 02 2009

great quotes!

6 04 2009

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.

Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

15 04 2009

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.”
Clare Boothe Luce

29 08 2009

Great quotes! They all stand up for what I believe in. By the way, I’m left handed. Not many people are left handed, at least not compared to right handed people. Yes! Gays and lesbians should have the same rights as everybody! So should women! So should people with different skin color, religions, ethnicities.
Thanks for posting these quotes,
Yours Truly,
Maddie from the Mad Farmers Collective

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