13 Powerful Quotes About Feminism To Know By Heart
Smashing the patriarchy isn't always easy. In fact, it's often difficult. So, here are 13 words of wisdom from powerful women to remember.
1. On what feminism isn't:
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.
2. On what feminism REALLY isn't:
Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a bitch or a dyke. It means you believe in equality.
3. On what feminism is:
A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
4. On being "bossy":
I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents—but the boys were not.
5. On what it really means to be "bossy":
I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading.
6. On being a bitch:
I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
7. On what it really means to be a bitch:
Know what? Bitches get stuff done.
8. On life being a bitch:
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
9. On finding a voice:
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
10. On using that voice:
I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.
11. On the strength of women:
Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength.
12. On equality:
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception.
13. On what women can do:
There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.
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