Feminism Quotes

Most popular feminism quotes

History is herstory too.
You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.

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I'm just a person trapped inside a woman's body.
Women want to be treated as equals, not sequels.


Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.


Equal pay for women is a matter of simple justice.

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Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.
We are a model country where gender equality is a concern.
If it's a movement, I sometimes think it needs a laxative.
I want for myself what I want for women, absolute equality.
I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.
We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around.
Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.
Men, their rights, nothing more; Women, their rights, nothing less.


Women who set a low value on themselves make life hard for all women.
How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete?
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.


Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human.


If society will not admit to woman's free development, then society must be remodelled.


Equal rights for the sexes will be achieved only when mediocre women occupy high positions.

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The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.


The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

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I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership.

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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Canada is destined to be one of the great nations of the world and Canadian women must be ready for citizenship.


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

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The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, it is deep.

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The man who didn't want his wife to work has been succeeded by the man who asks about her chances of getting a raise.

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Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.


A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.
We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room. We want an equal share in government and we mean to get it.
Women have a lot to say about how to advance women's rights, and governments need to learn from that, listen to the movement and respond.

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One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.


Not only have women been successful in entering fields that men are suppose to have more natural aptitude, but they have created entirely new businesses.
The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.
The purpose of a woman's life is just the same as the purpose of man's life – that she may make the best possible contribution to generations in which she is living.

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I do think that being the second [female Supreme Court Justice] is wonderful, because it is a sign that being a woman in a place of importance is no longer extraordinary.
Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat.
I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned.
If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots.

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We have to be careful in the year of radical feminism, not to emphasize an equality of the sexes that leads women to imitate men to prove their equality. To be equal does not mean you have to be the same.


We are Mother Earth's heartbeat, it is our responsibility to bring peace, harmony and balance back to the world. This will not happen if we continue to find fault with ourselves and perpetuate it on our sisters.
Male and female citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, must be equally admitted to all honors, positions, and public employment according to their capacity and without other distinctions besides those of their virtues and talents.
The woman is queen in her home and reigns there, but unfortunately the laws she makes reach no further than her domain. If her laws, written or unwritten, are to be enforced outside, she must come into the political world as well – and she has come.
The woman is the foundation on which nations are built. She is the heart of her nation. If that heart is weak, the people are weak. If her heart is strong and her mind is clear, then the nation is strong and knows its purpose. The woman is the center of everything.


There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.

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I have frequently described myself as a feminist, because feminist thinking and writing of the '60s and '70s had a huge liberating influence on me, setting my mind free from a whole lot of masculist bigotries and superstitions; and so it would be untruthful and ungrateful not to call myself a feminist... Besides, when you say you're a feminist it annoys the bigots and the old farts and the prissy ladies so much, it's kind of irresistible.