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Feminist Quotes

Inspirational & motivational feminist quotes by activists, philosophers, writers & world leaders

For most of history, anonymous was a woman. - Virginia Woolf
Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. - Virginia Woolf , A Room of One's Own
A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. - Gloria Steinem
I do not wish woman to have power over men, but over themselves. - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian cousciousness whether or not she sleeps with women. - Audre Lorde
Well-behaved women seldom make history. - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
The chief glory of a woman is not to be talked of, said Pericles, himself a much-talked-of-man. - Virginia Woolf ( A Room of one's Own )
I intend to scream, shout, race the engine, call when I feel like it , throw tantrums in Bloomingdale's if I feel like it and confess intimate details about my life to complete strangers. I intend to so what I want to do and be whom I want to be and answer only top myself: that is, quite simply, the bitch philosophy. - Elizabeth Wirtzel Bitch :  In praise of difficult women.
A cultural fixation on female thinness is not obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience - Naomi Wolf
No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body. - Margaret Sanger
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. - Anaïs Nin
Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves – instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men. -Susan Faludi
You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman. - Jane Galvin Lewis
Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. - Lois Wyse
I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament. - Alanis Morissette
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. - Audre Lorde
Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues. - Charlotte Bunch
You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman - Jane Galvin Lewis
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. - Mary Wollstonecraft
I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge.  Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off.  It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not. - Andrea Dworkin
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. - Louisa May Alcott
The best protection any woman can have... is courage. - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
To me, success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world – that I am able to change it in positive way. - Maxine Hong Kingston
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. ? Gloria Steinem
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. ? Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
[Women] must pay for everything.... They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, also, women get more notoriety when they crash. - Amelia Earhart
I’m a feminist because I believe in women… it’s a heavy word, feminism, but it’s not one I think we should run from. I’m proud to be a feminist - Sheryl Sandberg
I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. -Gloria Steinem
 People have accepted the media’s idea of what feminism is, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right or true or real. Feminism is not monolithic. Within feminism, there is an array of opinions. -Judy Chicago
We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly. - Margaret Atwood
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. - Maya Angelou
I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life. - Constance Baker Motley
We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. — Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade. — Constance Baker Motley
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. ― Nora Ephron
My goal in life is to change the entire social and economic structure of western civilization, to make it a feminist world. - Marilyn French
I am not afraid…I was born to do this. - Joan of Arc
We take a lot for granted as second wave feminists, what our mothers and aunts did for us. - Vera Farmiga
If we're going to make progress on this issue [of contraception], we have to be really clear about what our agenda is. We're not talking about abortion. We're not talking about population control. What I'm talking about is giving women the power to save their lives, to save their children's lives and to give their families the best possible future. — Melinda Gates
In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued. - Aung San Suu Kyi
I mean, I absolutely call myself a feminist. And by that, I mean a woman who believes that your opportunities should not be constrained by your gender, that women should be entitled to the same opportunities as men.  - Ayelet Waldman
The pure connecting factor is that those of us who describe ourselves as feminists want equal rights for all people. - Betty Buckley
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. - Charlotte Bronte
It is living, not thinking, as a feminist that has become the challenge. - Rachel Cusk
To create one’s own world takes courage. - Georgia O’Keeffe
There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless.' There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard. - Arundhati Roy
The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet. - Adrienne Rich
Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant. - Ani DiFranco
I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women. -Ruth Benedict
You can't marginalize more than half of the globe's population and expect to see any meaningful solutions to the problems that ail the world. -Helene D. Gayle
Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. - Nora Ephron
To me, a feminist belong in the same category as a humanist or an advocate for human rights. I don't see why someone who's a feminist should be thought of differently. -Suzanne Vega
Yes, I am a feminist.  No, I don't hate men.
'Courage to be' is the key to the revelatory power of the feminist revolution.  Mary Daly
I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women.  Ruth Benedict
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.  Virginia Woolf
There's no doubt about it... I was born a feminist.  Marlo Thomas
It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself.  The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before.  It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question 'who am I' expect the voice inside herself.  Betty Friedan
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.  Rebecca West
It's important to remember that feminism is no longer a group of organizations or leaders.  It's the expectations that parents have for their daughters, and their sons, too.  It's the way we talk about and treat one another.  It's who makes the money and who makes the compromises and who makes dinner.  It's a state of mind.  It's the way we live now.  Anna Quindlen
If I had to characterize one quality as the genius of feminist thought, culture, and action, it would be the connectivity.  Robin Morgan
The idea of being a feminist - so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex - but what feminism is about is equality and human rights.  For me that is just an essential part of my identity.  Lena Dunham
I think the key is for women not to set any limits.  Martina Navratilova
Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform.  Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.  Susan B. Anthony
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.  Margaret Thatcher
Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have the perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.  Marie Curie
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.  Gloria Steinem
As a woman I have no country.  As a woman my country is the whole world.  Virginia Woolf
The truth will set you free.  But first, it will piss you off.  Gloria Steinem
Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.  Coco Chanel
Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.  Gloria Steinem
I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley