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Quotes by Gloria Steinem

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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.

Quote: Law and justice are not always the same. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of white and black boat on sea during daytime
Photo Credit: Pat Whelen

Law and justice are not always the same.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
Photo Credit: Oscar Helgstrand

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.


Quote: Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of person holding lighted oil lamp
Photo Credit: Prateek Gautam

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


Quote: Anger is energizing. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of silhouette of person jumping in mid air
Photo Credit: Aziz Acharki

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


Quote: A good friendship is a conversation that never ends. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of sunset hgihway
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A good friendship is a conversation that never ends.


Perfect is boring: Beauty is irregular.


Quote: Hope is a very unruly emotion. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of cat in space
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Hope is a very unruly emotion.


Quote: There is always one true inner voice. Trust it. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

There is always one true inner voice. Trust it.


Quote: Elephants are so wise and so funny and so endangered and so intelligent. I just think there is a lot to learn from them. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: If you follow the voice inside you, it does give you guidance. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Because when some people are invisible, everyone suffers. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Because when some people are invisible, everyone suffers.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: The dogma is that, that dogma is a mistake. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The dogma is that, that dogma is a mistake.


Quote: Female inferiority is internalised by us. Women need a lot more confidence. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Men are victims of their own impulses. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Men are victims of their own impulses.


Quote: It's easier to blame the person with less power. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Feminism began to dawn on my brain belatedly in life. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Feminism began to dawn on my brain belatedly in life.


Quote: No other form of violence is legitimate. It is never acceptable to use violence to solve a problem. Whether personal or political. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Logic has nothing to do with oppression. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Logic has nothing to do with oppression.


Quote: She acquired a lifetime aversion to the phrases bless your heart and poor dears. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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




Quote: Little girls do not wake up in the morning and say I dream of being a prostitute. It is a terrible, terrible life. Body invasion is more traumatic than even getting beaten up. In certain circumstances, obviously, it may be a way to survive. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Little girls do not wake up in the morning and say I dream of being a prostitute. It is a terrible, terrible life. Body invasion is more traumatic than even getting beaten up. In certain circumstances, obviously, it may be a way to survive.


Quote: She is a water bug on the surface of life. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

She is a water bug on the surface of life.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I never expected to be even busier at 81, and doing more of what I love, than when I was 30. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Altogether, I can't imagine technology replacing bookstores completely, any more than movies about a country replace going there. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Wherever I go, bookstores are still the closest thing to a town square. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Why are women raped far away (say, Bosnia) called victims, while those raped nearby (say, a local campus) are playing victim politics? by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Fashion in the past meant conforming and losing oneself. Fashion in the present means being individual and finding oneself. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: We need to return and go forward to the understanding that there is God in all living things, not more in men than women, and not more in humans than in nature. To believe otherwise is only an excuse for dominating women and nature. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

We need to return and go forward to the understanding that there is God in all living things, not more in men than women, and not more in humans than in nature. To believe otherwise is only an excuse for dominating women and nature.


Quote: As always, self-esteem had created an ability to be generous. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Feminism is not antisexuality. On the contrary. It says that sexuality shouldn't be confused with violence and dominance and that it should be a matter of free choice. It shouldn't be forced on you by economics, including dependence on a husband, or by pressure. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Feminism is not antisexuality. On the contrary. It says that sexuality shouldn't be confused with violence and dominance and that it should be a matter of free choice. It shouldn't be forced on you by economics, including dependence on a husband, or by pressure.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: The need to treat ourselves as well as we treat others. It's women's version of the Golden Rule. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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




Quote: We have to imagine change before we can begin to move toward it. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Reporters immediately push their interviewees into the most extreme version by saying in a shocked tone, 'Well, are you saying that ... They're trying to make people be as hostile and opposed to each other as possible because they think only conflict is news. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Reporters immediately push their interviewees into the most extreme version by saying in a shocked tone, 'Well, are you saying that ... They're trying to make people be as hostile and opposed to each other as possible because they think only conflict is news.


Quote: Labeling makes the invisible visible, but it's limiting. Categories are the enemy of connecting. Link, don't rank. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: I don't like debates anyway. I have never debated anyone, I think they're a very masculine form -- like an intellectual prizefight. They let you know who the better debater is but they don't really tell you about the issue. It's all heat, but no light. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I don't like debates anyway. I have never debated anyone, I think they're a very masculine form -- like an intellectual prizefight. They let you know who the better debater is but they don't really tell you about the issue. It's all heat, but no light.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I always trust the microcosm over the macrocosm. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I always trust the microcosm over the macrocosm.




Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.




Quote: I'd just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned an advance to turn the Playboy article into a paperback, even though I had to borrow the money. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: I'd just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned an advance to turn the Playboy article into a paperback, even though I had to borrow the money.- black text on quotes background

I'd just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned an advance to turn the Playboy article into a paperback, even though I had to borrow the money.


Quote: Housewives are dependent creatures who are still children…parasites. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Housewives are dependent creatures who are still children…parasites.




Quote: Suddenly, I began to wonder: If one in three or four American women had an abortion at some time in her life -- a common statistical estimate, even in those days of illegality -- then why, WHY should this single surgical procedure be deemed a criminal act? by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Suddenly, I began to wonder: If one in three or four American women had an abortion at some time in her life -- a common statistical estimate, even in those days of illegality -- then why, WHY should this single surgical procedure be deemed a criminal act?


Quote: I just think that culturally, women -- we're all human beings -- but at least we don't have our masculinity to prove. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Like so many women, I was living out the unlived life of my mother, so I wouldn't be her. But the price I paid was that I distanced myself internally. I wasn't as close to her then as I nowadays, in retrospect, wish I had been. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Like so many women, I was living out the unlived life of my mother, so I wouldn't be her. But the price I paid was that I distanced myself internally. I wasn't as close to her then as I nowadays, in retrospect, wish I had been.


Quote: The androcentric, patriarchal cultures, whatever you want to call it, are quite new. So, every economic statement should start with reproduction, not production. Every statement for human rights ought to include reproduction as a basic human right, like freedom of speech. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote; white text on black background

The androcentric, patriarchal cultures, whatever you want to call it, are quite new. So, every economic statement should start with reproduction, not production. Every statement for human rights ought to include reproduction as a basic human right, like freedom of speech.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: The point of the journey is not just healing. It's also recovering the truest, most spontaneous, joyful, and creative core of ourselves. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: When gender comes down upon us, male or female, it comes as a restriction. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Religion is often politics made sacred. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Religion is often politics made sacred.


Quote: I always say to audiences of men: Cooperation beats submission. Trust me. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: My father was the Jewish half of the family, yet it was my mother who taught me to have pride in that tradition. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Of course, we can change. We're very adaptable. But it takes a while. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy.


Quote: When the past dies, there is mourning, but when the future dies our imaginations are compelled to carry it on. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Or perhaps it's activist, but on environmental and economic problems, without understanding that pressuring women to have too many children is the biggest cause of environmental distress, and economic courses should start with reproduction, not just production. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Or perhaps it's activist, but on environmental and economic problems, without understanding that pressuring women to have too many children is the biggest cause of environmental distress, and economic courses should start with reproduction, not just production.


Quote: The error that we tend to make is that we think that women's magazines are what editors want and what their readers want -- and thus are social indicators -- when, in fact, they are what advertisers want. They're just advertising indicators. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The error that we tend to make is that we think that women's magazines are what editors want and what their readers want -- and thus are social indicators -- when, in fact, they are what advertisers want. They're just advertising indicators.


Quote: I believe that transgender people, including those who have transitioned, are living out real, authentic lives. Those lives should be celebrated, not questioned. Their health care decisions should be theirs and theirs alone to make. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I believe that transgender people, including those who have transitioned, are living out real, authentic lives. Those lives should be celebrated, not questioned. Their health care decisions should be theirs and theirs alone to make.




Quote: I always thought that humanist was a good word long before I understood that anyone thought it was a bad word. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: The deepest change begins with men raising children as much as women do and women being equal actors in the world outside the home. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Controlling women as the means of reproduction is made even more necessary by any race or caste or class system. It just comes together, it's just like life. And therefore it's not even practical to be a feminist without being anti-racist or against classism. It just doesn't work. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: Controlling women as the means of reproduction is made even more necessary by any race or caste or class system. It just comes together, it's just like life. And therefore it's not even practical to be a feminist without being anti-racist or against classism. It just doesn't work.- black text on quotes background

Controlling women as the means of reproduction is made even more necessary by any race or caste or class system. It just comes together, it's just like life. And therefore it's not even practical to be a feminist without being anti-racist or against classism. It just doesn't work.


Quote: Sexism is not inevitable. It's only about controlling reproduction and therefore controlling women. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: There is no such thing as a crime of passion, only a crime of possession. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Economic systems are not value-free columns of numbers based on rules of reason, but ways of expressing what varying societies believe is important. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Writers -- we're a little crazy about how much we care about it. We spend a lot of time fussing. At least, I do. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I never quite trust futurists because I think they're kind of telling us what they think our future should be. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: For a man to say, I have to leave work now because I need to do something with my kids, it's sometimes viewed as a career killer. He doesn't have the right drive. So when they depart from their gender roles, they face some of the same restrictions. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

For a man to say, I have to leave work now because I need to do something with my kids, it's sometimes viewed as a career killer. He doesn't have the right drive. So when they depart from their gender roles, they face some of the same restrictions.


Quote: When the gender role starts to descend, boys get into the masculine box. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: One of our biggest problems in terms of effectiveness is that we have hopes, but our opposition has interests. We measure everything against our hopes, including politicians that we are voting for or choosing amongst. We don't measure up to our hopes ourselves. How can we expect anybody else to? by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: One of our biggest problems in terms of effectiveness is that we have hopes, but our opposition has interests. We measure everything against our hopes, including politicians that we are voting for or choosing amongst. We don't measure up to our hopes ourselves. How can we expect anybody else to?- black text on quotes background

One of our biggest problems in terms of effectiveness is that we have hopes, but our opposition has interests. We measure everything against our hopes, including politicians that we are voting for or choosing amongst. We don't measure up to our hopes ourselves. How can we expect anybody else to?


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I hate when people say, Have fun at the press preview. Fun is talking to you. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: You have no choice but to live in the present, if you're really being open to events and people as they come along. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: So whatever you want to do, just do it... Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Obviously, untangling sex from aggression and violence or the threat of it is going to take a very long time. And the process is going to be greatly resisted as a challenge to the very heart of male dominance and male centrality. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Obviously, untangling sex from aggression and violence or the threat of it is going to take a very long time. And the process is going to be greatly resisted as a challenge to the very heart of male dominance and male centrality.


Quote: 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). by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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).


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. It has always been clear to me that the stories of each other's lives are our best textbooks. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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. It has always been clear to me that the stories of each other's lives are our best textbooks.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I think I've wasted some of my time, but used most of it well, and have realized that my life is not separate from other people's lives or from the universe. I think our moments of happiness really come from a feeling of unity. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I think I've wasted some of my time, but used most of it well, and have realized that my life is not separate from other people's lives or from the universe. I think our moments of happiness really come from a feeling of unity.


Quote: If you add up all the forms of genocide, from female infanticide and genital mutilation to so-called honor crimes, sex trafficking, and domestic abuse, everything, we lose about 6 million humans every year just because they were born female. That's a holocaust every year. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote; white text on black background

If you add up all the forms of genocide, from female infanticide and genital mutilation to so-called honor crimes, sex trafficking, and domestic abuse, everything, we lose about 6 million humans every year just because they were born female. That's a holocaust every year.


Quote: I was rescued by librarians. It was librarians who said 'maybe you would like to read The Hardy Boys as well as Nancy Drew.' It is true for me, as for so many countless others, that librarians saved my life, my internal life. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I was rescued by librarians. It was librarians who said 'maybe you would like to read The Hardy Boys as well as Nancy Drew.' It is true for me, as for so many countless others, that librarians saved my life, my internal life.


Quote: Anything being perceived as being superior takes the noun. And everything that isn't, that's judged to be inferior, requires an adjective. So there are black novelists and novelists. There are women physicians and physicians. Male nurses and nurses. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Anything being perceived as being superior takes the noun. And everything that isn't, that's judged to be inferior, requires an adjective. So there are black novelists and novelists. There are women physicians and physicians. Male nurses and nurses.


Quote: We know from many forms of suffering that what is important first is a witness -- people want to know that someone else knows what's happening, that they're not alone -- and someone who listens to what is needed and tries to help. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

We know from many forms of suffering that what is important first is a witness -- people want to know that someone else knows what's happening, that they're not alone -- and someone who listens to what is needed and tries to help.


Quote: In the late '60s, people were saying we need power to, not power over. Power to do, accomplish, create, not power over other people. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: As a writer and as a human being, Susan Dworkin has always had the 
 ability to draw us into new dreams of justice, and to make them 
 irresistibly practical, humorous and human. She makes clear that 
 progress and pleasure go together. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

As a writer and as a human being, Susan Dworkin has always had the
ability to draw us into new dreams of justice, and to make them
irresistibly practical, humorous and human. She makes clear that
progress and pleasure go together.




Quote: We are literally linked in a circle, including with nature, as well as with other human beings. Old societies didn't have and still don't have he and she. They don't have gendered pronouns. They don't have a word for nature, because we're not separate from nature. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

We are literally linked in a circle, including with nature, as well as with other human beings. Old societies didn't have and still don't have he and she. They don't have gendered pronouns. They don't have a word for nature, because we're not separate from nature.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: When I was little, I knew that I was not adopted, but I actually imagined and hoped that I was, and that my real parents were going to come get me. I was just too different from the rest of the family, so I lived in books and in my imagination. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

When I was little, I knew that I was not adopted, but I actually imagined and hoped that I was, and that my real parents were going to come get me. I was just too different from the rest of the family, so I lived in books and in my imagination.


Quote: I'm more often confronted by women who come from religious traditions and don't feel that they have a place in the feminist movement. I've felt pressure when reporters asked me, Do you believe in God? I do say, No. I believe in people. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I'm more often confronted by women who come from religious traditions and don't feel that they have a place in the feminist movement. I've felt pressure when reporters asked me, Do you believe in God? I do say, No. I believe in people.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I would say don't worry about what you should do, do whatever you can. And seek companions with shared values. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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






Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: You can travel without traveling, and you can not travel -- yet travel. Being on the road is a state of mind. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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




Quote: Nature doesn't move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.


Quote: I think we're all enmeshed in this political system that is devoted to controlling reproduction. You didn't invent it; I didn't invent it. Thirty percent of us are trying to preserve it, and 70 percent are trying to change it. We're not active enough or voting enough or mad enough. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: I think we're all enmeshed in this political system that is devoted to controlling reproduction. You didn't invent it; I didn't invent it. Thirty percent of us are trying to preserve it, and 70 percent are trying to change it. We're not active enough or voting enough or mad enough.- black text on quotes background

I think we're all enmeshed in this political system that is devoted to controlling reproduction. You didn't invent it; I didn't invent it. Thirty percent of us are trying to preserve it, and 70 percent are trying to change it. We're not active enough or voting enough or mad enough.


Quote: Don't listen to me. Listen to yourself ... People often ask me at this age, 'Who am I passing the torch to?' First of all, I'm not giving up my torch, thank you! I'm using my torch to light other people's torches. ... If we each have a torch, there's a lot more light. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote; white text on black background

Don't listen to me. Listen to yourself ... People often ask me at this age, 'Who am I passing the torch to?' First of all, I'm not giving up my torch, thank you! I'm using my torch to light other people's torches. ... If we each have a torch, there's a lot more light.










Quote: Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors -- anything. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Human beings are communal beings and we can't exist or prosper by ourselves. We need each other's support. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.








Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Many ideas have been transformed by adding one crucial adjective-women's bank, women's music, women's studies, women's caucus. That adjective did more than change a phrase. It implied a lot of new content: child care, flexible work hours, new standards of creditworthiness, new symbolism, new lyrics. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: Many ideas have been transformed by adding one crucial adjective-women's bank, women's music, women's studies, women's caucus. That adjective did more than change a phrase. It implied a lot of new content: child care, flexible work hours, new standards of creditworthiness, new symbolism, new lyrics.- black text on quotes background

Many ideas have been transformed by adding one crucial adjective-women's bank, women's music, women's studies, women's caucus. That adjective did more than change a phrase. It implied a lot of new content: child care, flexible work hours, new standards of creditworthiness, new symbolism, new lyrics.


Quote: Just when you thought multi-nationals and crazed consumerism were too big to fight, along comes Naomi Klein with facts, spirit, and news of successful fighters already out there. No Logo is an invigorating call to arms for everybody who wants to save money, justice, or the universe. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: Just when you thought multi-nationals and crazed consumerism were too big to fight, along comes Naomi Klein with facts, spirit, and news of successful fighters already out there. No Logo is an invigorating call to arms for everybody who wants to save money, justice, or the universe.- black text on quotes background

Just when you thought multi-nationals and crazed consumerism were too big to fight, along comes Naomi Klein with facts, spirit, and news of successful fighters already out there. No Logo is an invigorating call to arms for everybody who wants to save money, justice, or the universe.


Quote: The road itself is informative, because it forces you to respond spontaneously and to encounter the unexpected. It forces you to reassess what you felt about people or issues or places, and it forces you to live in the present. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The road itself is informative, because it forces you to respond spontaneously and to encounter the unexpected. It forces you to reassess what you felt about people or issues or places, and it forces you to live in the present.


Quote: When pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.




Quote: I can't mate in captivity. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I can't mate in captivity.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.




Quote: I am not now, and never have been, a girlfriend of Henry Kissinger. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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




Quote: I guess 35 years ago, I thought we had more of a democracy than we actually do. Majority support doesn't help unless the majority is active and votes -- but the opposition minority votes a much greater proportion, so we often lose by a narrow margin. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I guess 35 years ago, I thought we had more of a democracy than we actually do. Majority support doesn't help unless the majority is active and votes -- but the opposition minority votes a much greater proportion, so we often lose by a narrow margin.


Quote: Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Marriage works best for men than women. The two happiest groups are married men and unmarried women. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.




Quote: The state of female artists is very good. But the very definition of art has been biased in that 'art' was what men did in a European tradition and 'crafts' were what women and natives did. But it's actually all the same. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The state of female artists is very good. But the very definition of art has been biased in that 'art' was what men did in a European tradition and 'crafts' were what women and natives did. But it's actually all the same.




Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: There's going to be a demand for perfectionism on the part of Hillary Clinton, or any other pro-equality woman candidate, that would not be made of men. There are going to be attacks based on different standards of morality and different standards of dress and physical attractiveness. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: There's going to be a demand for perfectionism on the part of Hillary Clinton, or any other pro-equality woman candidate, that would not be made of men. There are going to be attacks based on different standards of morality and different standards of dress and physical attractiveness.- black text on quotes background

There's going to be a demand for perfectionism on the part of Hillary Clinton, or any other pro-equality woman candidate, that would not be made of men. There are going to be attacks based on different standards of morality and different standards of dress and physical attractiveness.


Quote: The nineteenth-century wave of feminism was started by older women who had been through the radicalizing experience of getting married and becoming the legal chattel of their husbands (or the equally radicalizing experience of not getting married and being treated as spinsters). by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote; white text on black background

The nineteenth-century wave of feminism was started by older women who had been through the radicalizing experience of getting married and becoming the legal chattel of their husbands (or the equally radicalizing experience of not getting married and being treated as spinsters).


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I am terminally sentimental about graduations. They are more individual than weddings, more conscious than christenings, or bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs. They are almost as much a step into the unknown as funerals-though I assure you, there is life after graduation. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote; white text on black background

I am terminally sentimental about graduations. They are more individual than weddings, more conscious than christenings, or bar mitzvahs or bat mitzvahs. They are almost as much a step into the unknown as funerals-though I assure you, there is life after graduation.


Quote: It's going to take a while because for the last 500 years patriarchal societies have been devoted to controlling reproduction and that means controlling women. So we got into this masculine feminine, dominant passive paradigm, and it's going to take a while to get out. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote; white text on black background

It's going to take a while because for the last 500 years patriarchal societies have been devoted to controlling reproduction and that means controlling women. So we got into this masculine feminine, dominant passive paradigm, and it's going to take a while to get out.


Quote: I definitely think men can be leaders. I see an analogy in the case of what helped me think about racism, which was to find parallels with sexism. In other words, I don't think I was such a great ally until I got mad on my own behalf. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I definitely think men can be leaders. I see an analogy in the case of what helped me think about racism, which was to find parallels with sexism. In other words, I don't think I was such a great ally until I got mad on my own behalf.


Quote: Most art in the world does not have a capital 'A,' but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: The cleanup costs of polluting a river, injecting pesticides into the ground water, or putting noxious gases into the air have not been figured into the cost of the manufacturing or agribusiness that put them there in the first place. Historically, the economic incentive has been to pollute. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: The cleanup costs of polluting a river, injecting pesticides into the ground water, or putting noxious gases into the air have not been figured into the cost of the manufacturing or agribusiness that put them there in the first place. Historically, the economic incentive has been to pollute.- black text on quotes background

The cleanup costs of polluting a river, injecting pesticides into the ground water, or putting noxious gases into the air have not been figured into the cost of the manufacturing or agribusiness that put them there in the first place. Historically, the economic incentive has been to pollute.


Quote: I do think it's important that there are feminist publications that are not dependent or only marginally dependent on advertising. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Oppression has no logic -- just a self-fulfilling prophecy, justified by a self-perpetuating system. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: The ends and means are a seamless web. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The ends and means are a seamless web.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: I've finally figured out why soap operas are, and logically should be, so popular with generations of housebound women. They are the only place in our culture where grown-up men take seriously all the things that grown-up women have to deal with all day long. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I've finally figured out why soap operas are, and logically should be, so popular with generations of housebound women. They are the only place in our culture where grown-up men take seriously all the things that grown-up women have to deal with all day long.




Quote: Looking at traditional marriages, it seems the surest way for a woman to be alone is to get married. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: We need to unlearn our respect for education, since it has undermined our respect for ourselves. It's worth taking time to demistify it. ... All the things an adolescent can be ... are reduced to a three digit number. ... We too can decide how to value our education instead of letting them value us. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of Gloria Steinem quote: We need to unlearn our respect for education, since it has undermined our respect for ourselves. It's worth taking time to demistify it. ... All the things an adolescent can be ... are reduced to a three digit number. ... We too can decide how to value our education instead of letting them value us.- black text on quotes background

We need to unlearn our respect for education, since it has undermined our respect for ourselves. It's worth taking time to demistify it. ... All the things an adolescent can be ... are reduced to a three digit number. ... We too can decide how to value our education instead of letting them value us.




Quote: The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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.


Quote: Everyone is unique and each experience is different. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Everyone is unique and each experience is different.


Quote: Rich People plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Gloria Steinem overlaid on photo of photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

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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