3.04.2009

Found inspiration in Gloria Steinem


Saw her in Oprah today and just had to google her. Been reading her work and I like her a lot. Some quotes from her:

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?

The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.

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

We know that we can do what men can do, but we still don't know that men can do what women can do. That's absolutely crucial. We can't go on doing two jobs.

I don't breed well in captivity.

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.

Most women are one man away from welfare.

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.

Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.

Someone asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true and incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.

Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described -- and will be, after our deaths -- by each of the family members who believe they know us.

A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.

Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.

The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.

Evil is obvious only in retrospect.

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