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Most women’s magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.
– Gloria Steinem
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
There are six million female lives lost in the world every year simply because they are female.
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.
If you hear a statistic, you will make up a story to go with it, because our brains are organized on narrative. And you may very well make up a wrong story because you only have one fact, which is a statistic.
Hope is a very unruly emotion.
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.
Men should think twice before making widow hood woman’s only path to power.
What I’ve learned is that unless it’s an emergency, like a fire or brain surgery, hierarchy is not necessary and may be damaging. If you have a hierarchy, you’re repeating the strengths and weaknesses of one person without allowing for the accumulative strength of a group.
Part of the reason that women go to college is to get out of the food service, clerical, pink-collar ghetto and into a more white-collar job. That does not necessarily mean they are being paid more than the blue-collar jobs men have.
What is frustrating is being told that no matter how hard I’ve worked, it counts less than my appearance. Although if you’re not considered conventionally attractive, that also becomes an issue: you know, you’re a feminist because you couldn’t get a man.
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.
It’s heartbreaking to watch people working against themselves.
The only thing I can’t stand is discomfort.
These poor women in academia have to talk this silly language that nobody can understand in order to be accepted, they think.
How could you not love Norman Mailer? He was a total chauvinist, but also so vulnerable.
Diane Keaton is good for women in and of herself. She’s smart and funny and real.
To say ‘radical feminist’ is only a way of indicating that I believe the sexual caste system is a root of race and class and other divisions.
No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the office.
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?’
The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together.
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.
A parking lot attendant who’s a guy makes a lot more money than a child-care attendant who’s a woman.
We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
Whatever each individual woman is facing – only she knows her biggest challenge.
There’s no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better.
The Constitution did not mention women when it was first written, and it still doesn’t.
Secretary of state is far superior to vice president, because it’s involved in continuously solving problems and making policy and not being on standby.
The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.
I started out life as a writer, and writers write in part because they don’t want to talk.