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Quotes of the day: Gloria Steinem

Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Mar 25 2014

Gloria Marie Steinem (b. March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine. In 1969, she published an article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation", which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

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

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.

But the problem is that when I go around and speak on campuses, I still don't get young men standing up and saying, 'How can I combine career and family?'

Each of us has an inner compass that helps us know where to go and what to do.

Evil is obvious only in retrospect.

From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence- and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified.

God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.

However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four.

I don't breed well in captivity.

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

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?

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.

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

Logic has nothing to do with oppression.

Male silence is not the same as listening.

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

Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.

Perhaps men should think twice before making widowhood our only path to power.

Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.

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

Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy.

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

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.

The surest way to be alone is to get married.

The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off.

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

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

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

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

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

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