Though each of these statements deserve an article of their own, I was just too eager to share them all.
These men and women have graciously shared their wisdom with the world. From gendered character traits, to parenting, to the movement’s motivations, these feminists touch on subjects that will call for pause. I hope you will reconsider what exactly feminism is, reevaluate common myths and misconceptions, and gain a deeper understanding of the movement.
So may you happily chew on these:
- “Scratch most feminists and underneath there is a woman who longs to be a sex object. The difference is that is not all she wants to be.” Betty Rollin
- “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G. D. Anderson
- “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” – Gloria Steinem
- “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’” – Clare Boothe Luce
- “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” Gloria Steinem
- “Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” -Lois Wyse
- “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.” Marlo Thomas
- “If you say you’re not a feminist, you’re almost denying your own existence.” – Margaret Cho
- “Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is the direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of woman hating.” – Andrea Dworkin
- Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety in the streets, for child care, for social welfare, for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says, ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist’, I ask, ‘Why? What’s your problem?’” – Dale Spender
- “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” – Virginia Woolf
- “Men weren’t really the enemy – they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.” – Betty Friedan
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