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345 Inspiring Quotes by Gloria Steinem

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Gloria Steinem.

Wikipedia Summary for Gloria Steinem

Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist journalist and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Steinem was a columnist for New York magazine, and a co-founder of Ms. magazine. In 1969, Steinem published an article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation", which brought her to national fame as a feminist leader. In 1971, she co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus which provides training and support for women who seek elected and appointed offices in government. Also in 1971, she co-founded the Women's Action Alliance which, until 1997, provided support to a network of feminist activists and worked to advance feminist causes and legislation. In the 1990s, Steinem helped establish Take Our Daughters to Work Day, an occasion for young girls to learn about future career opportunities. In 2005, Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that "works to make women visible and powerful in the media."

As of May 2018, Steinem was traveling internationally as an organizer and lecturer, and was a media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

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I'm a freelance person, and I've always been able to support myself.

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Economic systems are not value-free columns of numbers based on rules of reason, but ways of expressing what varying societies believe is important.

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What we need to be able to do is count all human experience. So I would like to count the secretarial positions as good training places to take over the jobs of the bosses.

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Of course, we can change. We're very adaptable. But it takes a while.

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So whatever you want to do, just do it... Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.

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A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.

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Feminism...is not 'women as victims' but women refusing to be victims.

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When I had a fellowship at the Smithsonian, I asked for a couch in the office because I liked to lie down and take a break.

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How could you not love Norman Mailer? He was a total chauvinist, but also so vulnerable.

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Diane Keaton is good for women in and of herself. She's smart and funny and real.

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I think we all have the power to name ourselves. I try to call people what it is they wish to be called. But we can take the sting out of epithets and bad words by using them.

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Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy.

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Battered women is a phrase that uncovered major, long-hidden violence. It helps us to face the fact that, statistically speaking, the most dangerous place for a woman is in her own home, not in the streets.

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These poor women in academia have to talk this silly language that nobody can understand in order to be accepted, they think.

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Even before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton threw their exploratory committees into the ring, every reporter seemed to be asking, 'Which candidate are Americans more ready for: a white woman or a black man?'

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Women are more than smart enough to see that McCain's policies are a disaster... He is anti- every reproductive issue we've ever fought for.

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Life after 50 or 60 is itself another country, as different as adolescence is from childhood, or as adulthood is from adolescence -- and just as adventurous.

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All biographers, no matter how sympathetic, end up using their subjects as mirrors to figure themselves out. I don't want to be anyone's mirror.

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In retrospect, perhaps the biggest reason my mother was cared for but not helped for twenty years was the simplest: Her functioning was not that necessary to the world.

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The moment we find the reason behind an emotion the wall is breached, and the positive memories it has kept from us return too. That's why it pays to ask those painful questions. The answers can set you free.

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There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset.

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You know there is a person inside every baby, right? And anybody who has ever met a baby knows there is already a person in there.

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Perfect is boring: Beauty is irregular.

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Until the masculine role is humanized, women will tend to be much better at solving dangerous conflicts.

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I keep thinking: 'Georgia O'Keeffe wouldn't have had Botox.'

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Because we are communal creatures, if you're with people who think you're smart, you're smart, and if they think you're dumb, you're dumb.

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If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society.

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As an activist, you do find yourself directed more toward public action. But I've always tried to use stories from my own life in my writing for instance. It has always been clear to me that the stories of each other's lives are our best textbooks. Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences. So, if we've shared many experiences, then it probably has something to do with power or politics, and if we unify and act together, then we can make a change.


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The need to treat ourselves as well as we treat others. It's women's version of the Golden Rule.

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Hope is a very unruly emotion.

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The Native American cultures on this continent, most of them, were matrilineal, and some women were the chiefs. Societies were about balance.

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Anything can be used for or against the welfare of women -- or the welfare of anyone -- depending on who controls it.

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I never quite trust futurists because I think they're kind of telling us what they think our future should be.

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If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?

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Sometimes I think the only real division into two is between people who divide everything into two and those who don't.

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Her searches after knowledge were arbitrary and without context. It was as if she were shining a small flashlight of curiosity into the dark room of the world.

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The Constitution did not mention women when it was first written, and it still doesn't.

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Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life.

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Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.

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What we have been raised to think of as inevitable -- division and hierarchy, monotheism and nation states -- actually accounts for less than 10 percent of human history.

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Because I have work to care about, it is possible that I may be less difficult to get along with than other women when the double chins start to form.

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Because women of color were more likely to be in the paid labor force, they were more likely to recognize discrimination, so they were always leading the women's movement.

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Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.

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It still may take some explaining, but many more women are keeping their birth names (and not calling them maiden names, with all the sexual double standards that implies).

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Men may feel just disempowered by intimacy, by being close to a woman, and also by feeling the tender feelings that they're ashamed of.

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You can compel fear. You can even make someone feel they're in love if they're isolated and dependent for long enough. But laughter is free.

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I want us to organize, to tell the personal stories that create empathy, which is the most revolutionary emotion.

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I want us to organize, to tell the personal stories that create empathy, which is the most revolutionary emotion. The truth of the mater is that hierarchy and violence can't be remedied by more hierarchy and violence. The end doesn't justify the means, the means we choose decide the end we get. The means are the end.


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We have to stop arresting prostitutes and not arresting traffickers and pimps. It's absurd. We're arresting the victim or the survivor and not the oppressor.

--Gloria Steinem

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There is no such thing as a crime of passion, only a crime of possession.

--Gloria Steinem

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Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.

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We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.

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A movement happens when people are inspired by somebody, but they do it themselves. You don't wait for someone else. You do it yourself.

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The AIDS crisis has brought us a consciousness of the immune system as the most important health-maintenance element, and a consciousness of how it is under attack.

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I always say to audiences of men: "Cooperation beats submission. Trust me."

--Gloria Steinem

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I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare.

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I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare. So we have to look at the reality and not romanticize it. We have to be clear that you have the right to sell your own body but nobody has the right to sell anybody else's body. No one has that right.


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Logic is in the eye of the logician.

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If I read the word 'problematize' one more time, I'm going to vomit.

--Gloria Steinem

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Patriarchy creates megapatterns that affect us all -- even as we forge different individual choices within them -- just as do the megapatterns of nationalism or racism.

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The problem with Superwoman is that she has to do it all, inside the home and outside the home. If there is a man there doing half of it, that's a different world.

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The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.

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There's no shortage of great young activists.

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I can't mate in captivity.

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I'm lucky I don't make my living in front of the camera.

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The surest way to be alone is to get married.

--Gloria Steinem

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After feminism, I suddenly realised: not everyone has to live the same way. Imagine that!

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Monotheism makes me grouchy. I don't trust any religion that makes God look like one of the ruling class. I guess I'm a pagan or an animist.

--Gloria Steinem

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Gerda Lerner was fierce, brilliant and unique. She lived history by her bravery, restored history by her scholarship, and democratized its study by her activism.

--Gloria Steinem

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No other form of violence is legitimate. It is never acceptable to use violence to solve a problem. Whether personal or political.

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It was the first female-style revolution: no violence and we all went shopping.

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Sadomasochiasm -- which we know very well doesn't exist in societies that don't have child abuse -- is regarded some sort of natural sexual expression.

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The electoral system is not where change starts -- it usually starts in communities and from the bottom up -- but it is where change can be stopped.

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The art of politics is to be ahead of your time -- about six months will do it. Any more than that, and people forget you were there.

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There's a big gap between public opinion polls and the vote in Washington, in Congress.

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Unless we include a job as part of every citizen's right to autonomy and personal fulfillment, women will continue to be vulnerable to someone else's idea of what need is.

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Having one's traditional role questioned is not a very comfortable experience, perhaps especially for women, who have been able to remain children, and to benefit from work they did not and could not do.

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Religion is often politics made sacred.

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Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.

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Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.

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One of the main problems of our time is that men are deprived of their human qualities that are wrongly called feminine, and women are deprived of their human qualities that are wrongly called masculine.

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There are six million female lives lost in the world every year simply because they are female.

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A gender-equal society would be one where the word 'gender' does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.

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A good friendship is a conversation that never ends.

--Gloria Steinem


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I'd like to be played as a child by Natalie Wood. I'd have some romantic scenes as Audrey Hepburn and have gritty black-and-white scenes as Patricia Neal.

--Gloria Steinem

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Violence against women is clearly not solved, not at all solved, and the reasons for it, which are controlling women's bodies in order to control reproduction, are definitely not solved.

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America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.

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It's hard to measure success when we're dealing with between 500 and 5,000 years of patriarchy depending on which continent we sit, so I would say feminism has been successful and we have a huge distance to go, huge.

--Gloria Steinem

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There is always one true inner voice. Trust it.

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Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.

--Gloria Steinem

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Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

--Gloria Steinem

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We need to stop raising boys to think that they need to prove their masculinity by being controlling or by not showing emotion or by not being little girls.

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I remember someone once asked Jack Kennedy why he was paying such close attention to the renovation of the square across from the White House, and he said, 'It may be the only thing my presidency is remembered for.'

--Gloria Steinem


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In the suffragist and abolitionist era, there were a lot of white women and some black men and women who argued for the old hierarchy and against universal adult suffrage -- often on religious grounds.

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I don't think there's any country that has equal pay, not even Sweden or Iceland.

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There's nothing automatic about political change, about liberation.

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I did not see any way that I could possibly give birth to someone else and also give birth to myself. Far from feeling guilty, it was the first time that I had taken responsibility for my own life.

--Gloria Steinem

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Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors -- anything.

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Marriage works best for men than women. The two happiest groups are married men and unmarried women.

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Law and justice are not always the same.

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Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.


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A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

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When gender comes down upon us, male or female, it comes as a restriction.

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Unequal access to money and media plus bias, external and internalized, and male-dominant religions and illegality at the polls -- all those are reasons for women's wildly unequal political power.

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Housewives are dependent creatures who are still children…parasites.

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As Robin Morgan wrote so wisely, "Hate generalizes, love specifies." Thats what makes going on the road so important. It definitely specifies.

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Women fear endangering men's approval so much, we don't even wait for them to say no. Or else we protect them, even if it means saying no to ourselves.

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Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.

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Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.

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Human beings are communal beings and we can't exist or prosper by ourselves. We need each other's support.

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Most art in the world does not have a capital 'A,' but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.

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Democracy is mob rule with income taxes.

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Elephants are so wise and so funny and so endangered and so intelligent. I just think there is a lot to learn from them.

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Logic has nothing to do with oppression.

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Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing.

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The most impersonal seeming audiences eventually just say such intimate, smart, wise, amazing, totally surprising, funny things. It's empowering, in the sense of feeling like you're a part of something really important.

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As for the American child's classic problem -- too much mother, too little father -- that would be cured by an equalization of parental responsibility.

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Pearl Jam doesn't just sing about issues they care about. These guys walk it like they talk it.

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A man can be called ruthless if he bombs a country to oblivion. A woman can be called ruthless if she puts you on hold.

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Rich cultures, patriarchal cultures, value thin women, like ours; poor ones value fat women. But all patriarchal cultures value weak women. So for women to become physically strong is very profound.

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I think if women are visible in the media, truly visible, in an empowered role, it empowers us to be more visible in any area of our lives.

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We must begin to shift the emphasis of teen-age pregnancy to teen-age boys.

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I don't think feminism can just be imitative or integrationist. By definition, it must transform. But in the short run, there are goals we agree on. And it's in the short run that we must act.

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Now, we've made the revolutionary discovery that children have two parents. A decade ago even the kindly Dr. Spock held mothers solely responsible for children.

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There are many ways of supporting gender equality, from something as simple as paid sick leave and flexible work hours to attributing an economic value to all care-giving, and making that amount tax deductible.

--Gloria Steinem

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Feminism began to dawn on my brain belatedly in life.

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Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.

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She is a water bug on the surface of life.

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We have to imagine change before we can begin to move toward it.

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Why are women raped far away (say, Bosnia) called victims, while those raped nearby (say, a local campus) are playing victim politics?

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Happy or Unhappy, families are all mysterious.

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There is no such thing as Superwoman. You cant have everything if you do everything.

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As always, self-esteem had created an ability to be generous.

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We will live to see the day that St. Patrick's Cathedral is a child-care center and the pope is no longer a disgrace to the skirt that he has on.

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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 on which this system still depends.

--Gloria Steinem

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Even when educators survey grade school texts and create new bibliographies to help teachers include Asians, Eskimos, and other Americans, females in and out of those groups may be down-played or forgotten.

--Gloria Steinem

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I would put all the efforts to humanize the "masculine" and "feminine" gender roles that are the beginning of a false human hierarchy and normalize race, class and other systems of domination to come.

--Gloria Steinem

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I hate when people say, "Have fun at the press preview." Fun is talking to you.

--Gloria Steinem

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A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.

--Gloria Steinem


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When pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain.

--Gloria Steinem

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The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together.

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Everyone is unique and each experience is different.

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Liberation does not come from outside.

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Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.

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Age brings a freedom. When you're young, you're much more subject to the idea of what feminine is or how you should look or how you should behave.

--Gloria Steinem


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Wherever I go, bookstores are still the closest thing to a town square.

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Nature doesn't move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we.

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Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms.

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Fashion in the past meant conforming and losing oneself. Fashion in the present means being individual and finding oneself.

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The problem for all women is we're identified by how we look instead of by our heads and our hearts.

--Gloria Steinem

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Oppression has no logic -- just a self-fulfilling prophecy, justified by a self-perpetuating system.

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Most women are one man away from welfare.

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There's no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better.

--Gloria Steinem

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There is bias and sexism everywhere, just like there are problems of racism and homophobia stemming from the whole notion that we're arranged in a hierarchy, that we're ranked rather than linked.

--Gloria Steinem



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You can travel without traveling, and you can not travel -- yet travel. Being on the road is a state of mind.

--Gloria Steinem

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On gender-rating by insurance companies: They say the reason they get to charge more is we have children. I would say having children is a socially useful act. Being female is not a preexisting condition.

--Gloria Steinem

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I always trust the microcosm over the macrocosm.

--Gloria Steinem

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When the gender role starts to descend, boys get into the masculine box.

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The art of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters.

--Gloria Steinem

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There is nothing more fundamental than the idea that the government does not have a right to decide when and whether we have children.

--Gloria Steinem


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I didn't go to school a full year until I was 11 or 12, so I lived in books. I really was an observer of life.

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You're a unique person. You should do what you're suited to do. We all should. It's the only way to be happy. That pressure is all outside. It's external.

--Gloria Steinem

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The ends and means are a seamless web.

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Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.

--Gloria Steinem

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Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated.

--Gloria Steinem


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Anger is energizing. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward.

--Gloria Steinem

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I never expected to be even busier at 81, and doing more of what I love, than when I was 30.

--Gloria Steinem

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The original languages didn't even have he and she. They didn't have concepts of masculine and feminine. People were people. And the whole idea was that we were in a circle together, not in a hierarchy together.

--Gloria Steinem

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She acquired a lifetime aversion to the phrases bless your heart and poor dears.

--Gloria Steinem

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Women tend to need the healthcare system more because we bear children. Insurance companies -- not all of them, but many of them -- 'gender-rate.' Women may pay 40% more for their health insurance than men do.

--Gloria Steinem

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Looking at traditional marriages, it seems the surest way for a woman to be alone is to get married.

--Gloria Steinem


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The point of the journey is not just healing. It's also recovering the truest, most spontaneous, joyful, and creative core of ourselves.

--Gloria Steinem

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Perhaps well-to-do women and unemployed ghetto teenagers have something in common. Neither group has been allowed to develop the self-confidence that comes from knowing you can support yourselves.

--Gloria Steinem


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The same way that racism is a white person's problem, violence against women is a men's problem.

--Gloria Steinem



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I always thought that "humanist" was a good word long before I understood that anyone thought it was a bad word.

--Gloria Steinem

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Men, through no fault of theirs, get born into cultures that tell them that if a woman can do it, it's not worth doing, or if they're not superior to women in one way or another, they're not really masculine.

--Gloria Steinem

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If you're going to have a male-dominant system, to maintain the system, you have to teach men to dominate.

--Gloria Steinem

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Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.

--Gloria Steinem

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It's easier to blame the person with less power.

--Gloria Steinem

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In a way, women are a psychic immigrant group.

--Gloria Steinem


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The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.

--Gloria Steinem

Arizona landscape

By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.

--Gloria Steinem


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Women must have seats at the table because peace is too crucial to be left only to the politicians or only to the male half of our world.

--Gloria Steinem

brown desert under sunny sky

If the men in the room would only think how they would feel graduating with a 'spinster of arts' degree they would see how important this is.

--Gloria Steinem

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I do think it's important that there are feminist publications that are not dependent or only marginally dependent on advertising.

--Gloria Steinem

cowboy on horseback herding

Men are victims of their own impulses.

--Gloria Steinem




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Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.

--Gloria Steinem

man on running field

Sexism is not inevitable. It's only about controlling reproduction and therefore controlling women.

--Gloria Steinem




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If you follow the voice inside you, it does give you guidance.

--Gloria Steinem

beach shore during day time

Writers -- we're a little crazy about how much we care about it. We spend a lot of time fussing. At least, I do.

--Gloria Steinem

city lights from hill

When the past dies, there is mourning, but when the future dies our imaginations are compelled to carry it on.

--Gloria Steinem

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The deepest change begins with men raising children as much as women do and women being equal actors in the world outside the home.

--Gloria Steinem


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Actually, I believe there are more independents than either Republicans or Democrats, and yet those are the... that is the choice we have on the party ballot.

--Gloria Steinem

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If what's inside your dreams wasn't already real inside you, you couldn't even dream it.

--Gloria Steinem



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Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.

--Gloria Steinem

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Girls are taught to view their bodies as unending projects to work on, whereas boys from a young age, are taught to view their bodies as tools to master their environment.

--Gloria Steinem

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Work is valued by the social value of the worker.

--Gloria Steinem


crescent moon above mountain

I think one of the great innovations of sexual harassment law was that it did not use the word "consent." It used the word "welcome."

--Gloria Steinem

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We move away from only the binary boxes of "masculine" or "feminine" and begin to live along the full human continuum of identity and expression.

--Gloria Steinem

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It feels as if childhood sexual abuse or domestic abuse of women in the home has increased but actually if you ask women of 60 or 70 years old, the incidence is about the same. We just didn't know it.

--Gloria Steinem

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It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.

--Gloria Steinem

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The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example.

--Gloria Steinem



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The dogma is that, that dogma is a mistake.

--Gloria Steinem

beach shore during day time

The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.

--Gloria Steinem

sunset

Labeling makes the invisible visible, but it's limiting. Categories are the enemy of connecting. Link, don't rank.

--Gloria Steinem

orange moon during nighttime

Rich People plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.

--Gloria Steinem

person standing on top of mountain

Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect.

--Gloria Steinem

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I would say don't worry about what you should do, do whatever you can. And seek companions with shared values.

--Gloria Steinem

gray building

In the late '60s, people were saying we need power to, not power over. Power to do, accomplish, create, not power over other people.

--Gloria Steinem

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I think we acquire habits of mind when we're little, and I lived in the future because I was always imagining being a grown-up, when I could get out.

--Gloria Steinem

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All women, and men of color -- we were owned like tables and chairs. We spent a hundred years getting a legal identity as human beings. That's a big thing.

--Gloria Steinem


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Because when some people are invisible, everyone suffers.

--Gloria Steinem





yellow and green forest during daytime

Female inferiority is internalised by us. Women need a lot more confidence.

--Gloria Steinem


silhouette of mountain during golden hour

Women tend to be conservative in youth and get more radical as they get older because they lose power with age. So if a young woman is not a feminist, I say, 'Just wait.'

--Gloria Steinem

yellow and green forest during daytime

What's so valuable about HBO is they tell stories. We learn from stories.

--Gloria Steinem



pink-petaled rose flower

I am not now, and never have been, a girlfriend of Henry Kissinger.

--Gloria Steinem

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The most hurtful thing is not what comes from our adversaries, it's what comes from our friends.

--Gloria Steinem


two blue beach chairs near body of water

More and more men are raising children or want to be close to their kids. They don't want to just lead work-obsessed lives and end up 50 years later with an engraved watch.

--Gloria Steinem

sunset

Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited.

--Gloria Steinem

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Our own lives feel so disordered and confusing, so it's amazing to me that the filmmakers caught the personal, emotional high points and low points of my life and not just the public aspects.

--Gloria Steinem


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Whenever one person stands up and says, "Wait a minute, this is wrong," it helps other people do the same.

--Gloria Steinem

blue and white water waves

All my years campaigning have given me one clear message: Voting isn't the most we can do, but it is the least. To have a democracy, you have to want one. Still, I realize this fully only by looking back.

--Gloria Steinem

library shelf near black wooden ladder

Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.

--Gloria Steinem

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Altogether, I can't imagine technology replacing bookstores completely, any more than movies about a country replace going there.

--Gloria Steinem

high-angle photography of beach side

I'm not saying that women leaders would eliminate violence. We are not more moral than men; we are only uncorrupted by power so far. When we do acquire power, we might turn out to have an equal impulse toward aggression.

--Gloria Steinem

ocean wave in shallow focus lens

A portable friend to all readers-especia lly but not only women-who need to learn that the Golden Rule works only if it's reversible: We must learn to treat ourselves as well as we wish to treat others.

--Gloria Steinem

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.

--Gloria Steinem

white and black floral textile

Obviously there is no such thing as race, and in many ways, sex is a continuum, not a binary. So it doesn't make sense to label people in that way.

--Gloria Steinem


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.

--Gloria Steinem

blue sky with stars during night time

You have no choice but to live in the present, if you're really being open to events and people as they come along.

--Gloria Steinem

red textile in close up photography

The question of whether one has one's own political power or goes to work for someone else is not only a feminist question.

--Gloria Steinem

white sand

It's not okay for a woman to be in control of her own body, her own reproductive system, much less of her life. There's opposition even to that. So passivity is rewarded as feminine.

--Gloria Steinem

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

All those chemicals that create empathy only work when you are in a room together.

--Gloria Steinem

multicolored abstract painting

Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer.

--Gloria Steinem

blue painted concrete wall during daytime

A different world can be created or re-created-but not until we stop enshrining the economic values of invisible labor, infinite and obsessive growth, and a slow environmental suicide.

--Gloria Steinem

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

I just think that culturally, women -- we're all human beings -- but at least we don't have our masculinity to prove.

--Gloria Steinem



forest with tall and green trees during daytime

My father was the Jewish half of the family, yet it was my mother who taught me to have pride in that tradition.

--Gloria Steinem

high-angle photography of beach side

I would say that each of us has only one thing to gain from the feminist movement: Our whole humanity. Because gender has wrongly told us that some things are masculine and some things are feminine... which is bullshit.

--Gloria Steinem

four person standing beside wall

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.

--Gloria Steinem

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The old languages -- at least the ones I know -- don't have gender. They don't have gendered pronouns. There's no "he" and "she." A human being is a human being.

--Gloria Steinem

sunset

We're also learning that the most dangerous time often comes after a victory.

--Gloria Steinem





purple flowers

Women are liked better when they lose.

--Gloria Steinem

gray elephant

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

--Gloria Steinem

silhouette of tree during sunset

You can't do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic 'til dawn ... Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.

--Gloria Steinem


grayscale photo of rock formation

In my own mind, I am still a fat brunette from Toledo, and I always will be.

--Gloria Steinem

sunset

Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice.

--Gloria Steinem


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