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quote by Gloria Steinem: There is bias and sexism everywhere, just like there are problems of racism and homophobia stemming from the whole notion that we're arranged in a hierarchy, that we're ranked rather than linked. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

There is bias and sexism everywhere, just like there are problems of racism and homophobia stemming from the whole notion that we're arranged in a hierarchy, that we're ranked rather than linked.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: I hate when people say, Have fun at the press preview. Fun is talking to you. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I hate when people say, Have fun at the press preview. Fun is talking to you.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: You have no choice but to live in the present, if you're really being open to events and people as they come along. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

You have no choice but to live in the present, if you're really being open to events and people as they come along.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: I would put all the efforts to humanize the masculine and feminine gender roles that are the beginning of a false human hierarchy and normalize race, class and other systems of domination to come. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I would put all the efforts to humanize the masculine and feminine gender roles that are the beginning of a false human hierarchy and normalize race, class and other systems of domination to come.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: So whatever you want to do, just do it... Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

So whatever you want to do, just do it... Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: It still may take some explaining, but many more women are keeping their birth names (and not calling them maiden names, with all the sexual double standards that implies). with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

It still may take some explaining, but many more women are keeping their birth names (and not calling them maiden names, with all the sexual double standards that implies).

--Gloria Steinem

Longer Version:

As an activist, you do find yourself directed more toward public action. But I've always tried to use stories from my own life in my writing for instance. It has always been clear to me that the stories of each other's lives are our best textbooks. Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences. So, if we've shared many experiences, then it probably has something to do with power or politics, and if we unify and act together, then we can make a change.







quote by Gloria Steinem: In the late '60s, people were saying we need power to, not power over. Power to do, accomplish, create, not power over other people. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

In the late '60s, people were saying we need power to, not power over. Power to do, accomplish, create, not power over other people.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare.

--Gloria Steinem

Longer Version:

I've only ever met one woman who actually was a prostitute of her own free will. She didn't have a pimp. She could pick and choose her customers. That's so rare. So we have to look at the reality and not romanticize it. We have to be clear that you have the right to sell your own body but nobody has the right to sell anybody else's body. No one has that right.


quote by Gloria Steinem: We have to stop arresting prostitutes and not arresting traffickers and pimps. It's absurd. We're arresting the victim or the survivor and not the oppressor. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

We have to stop arresting prostitutes and not arresting traffickers and pimps. It's absurd. We're arresting the victim or the survivor and not the oppressor.

--Gloria Steinem




quote by Gloria Steinem: The old languages -- at least the ones I know -- don't have gender. They don't have gendered pronouns. There's no he and she. A human being is a human being. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The old languages -- at least the ones I know -- don't have gender. They don't have gendered pronouns. There's no he and she. A human being is a human being.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: Women fear endangering men's approval so much, we don't even wait for them to say no. Or else we protect them, even if it means saying no to ourselves. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Women fear endangering men's approval so much, we don't even wait for them to say no. Or else we protect them, even if it means saying no to ourselves.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: I would say don't worry about what you should do, do whatever you can. And seek companions with shared values. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I would say don't worry about what you should do, do whatever you can. And seek companions with shared values.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: We will live to see the day that St. Patrick's Cathedral is a child-care center and the pope is no longer a disgrace to the skirt that he has on. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

We will live to see the day that St. Patrick's Cathedral is a child-care center and the pope is no longer a disgrace to the skirt that he has on.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: You can travel without traveling, and you can not travel -- yet travel. Being on the road is a state of mind. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

You can travel without traveling, and you can not travel -- yet travel. Being on the road is a state of mind.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: Nature doesn't move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Nature doesn't move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: The problem with Superwoman is that she has to do it all, inside the home and outside the home. If there is a man there doing half of it, that's a different world. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The problem with Superwoman is that she has to do it all, inside the home and outside the home. If there is a man there doing half of it, that's a different world.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: You can't do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic 'til dawn ... Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

You can't do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic 'til dawn ... Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.

--Gloria Steinem








quote by Gloria Steinem: Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors -- anything. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors -- anything.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Human beings are communal beings and we can't exist or prosper by ourselves. We need each other's support. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Human beings are communal beings and we can't exist or prosper by ourselves. We need each other's support.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Violence against women is clearly not solved, not at all solved, and the reasons for it, which are controlling women's bodies in order to control reproduction, are definitely not solved. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Violence against women is clearly not solved, not at all solved, and the reasons for it, which are controlling women's bodies in order to control reproduction, are definitely not solved.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: The AIDS crisis has brought us a consciousness of the immune system as the most important health-maintenance element, and a consciousness of how it is under attack. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The AIDS crisis has brought us a consciousness of the immune system as the most important health-maintenance element, and a consciousness of how it is under attack.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: Our own lives feel so disordered and confusing, so it's amazing to me that the filmmakers caught the personal, emotional high points and low points of my life and not just the public aspects. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Our own lives feel so disordered and confusing, so it's amazing to me that the filmmakers caught the personal, emotional high points and low points of my life and not just the public aspects.

--Gloria Steinem



quote by Gloria Steinem: When pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

When pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: I can't mate in captivity. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I can't mate in captivity.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: I am not now, and never have been, a girlfriend of Henry Kissinger. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I am not now, and never have been, a girlfriend of Henry Kissinger.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Artists strive to free this true and spontaneous self in their work. Creativity, meditation are ways of freeing an inner voice.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: Marriage works best for men than women. The two happiest groups are married men and unmarried women. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Marriage works best for men than women. The two happiest groups are married men and unmarried women.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: It feels as if childhood sexual abuse or domestic abuse of women in the home has increased but actually if you ask women of 60 or 70 years old, the incidence is about the same. We just didn't know it. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

It feels as if childhood sexual abuse or domestic abuse of women in the home has increased but actually if you ask women of 60 or 70 years old, the incidence is about the same. We just didn't know it.

--Gloria Steinem




quote by Gloria Steinem: It's not okay for a woman to be in control of her own body, her own reproductive system, much less of her life. There's opposition even to that. So passivity is rewarded as feminine. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

It's not okay for a woman to be in control of her own body, her own reproductive system, much less of her life. There's opposition even to that. So passivity is rewarded as feminine.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: What we have been raised to think of as inevitable -- division and hierarchy, monotheism and nation states -- actually accounts for less than 10 percent of human history. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

What we have been raised to think of as inevitable -- division and hierarchy, monotheism and nation states -- actually accounts for less than 10 percent of human history.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: A different world can be created or re-created-but not until we stop enshrining the economic values of invisible labor, infinite and obsessive growth, and a slow environmental suicide. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

A different world can be created or re-created-but not until we stop enshrining the economic values of invisible labor, infinite and obsessive growth, and a slow environmental suicide.

--Gloria Steinem



quote by Gloria Steinem: Most art in the world does not have a capital 'A,' but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Most art in the world does not have a capital 'A,' but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: I do think it's important that there are feminist publications that are not dependent or only marginally dependent on advertising. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

I do think it's important that there are feminist publications that are not dependent or only marginally dependent on advertising.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: Unequal access to money and media plus bias, external and internalized, and male-dominant religions and illegality at the polls -- all those are reasons for women's wildly unequal political power. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Unequal access to money and media plus bias, external and internalized, and male-dominant religions and illegality at the polls -- all those are reasons for women's wildly unequal political power.

--Gloria Steinem

quote by Gloria Steinem: Oppression has no logic -- just a self-fulfilling prophecy, justified by a self-perpetuating system. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Oppression has no logic -- just a self-fulfilling prophecy, justified by a self-perpetuating system.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: The ends and means are a seamless web. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

The ends and means are a seamless web.

--Gloria Steinem
quote by Gloria Steinem: If the men in the room would only think how they would feel graduating with a 'spinster of arts' degree they would see how important this is. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

If the men in the room would only think how they would feel graduating with a 'spinster of arts' degree they would see how important this is.

--Gloria Steinem


quote by Gloria Steinem: Looking at traditional marriages, it seems the surest way for a woman to be alone is to get married. with background image: photo of author Gloria Steinem with quote

Looking at traditional marriages, it seems the surest way for a woman to be alone is to get married.

--Gloria Steinem

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