51+ Quotes about Feminism, Women's Rights, Sexism and Gender Liberation

Quotes about Feminism, Gender Sensitization and Women's Rights

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
Audre Lorde

History is herstory too.

To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.
Spanish Proverb

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
Gloria Steinem

There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Women belong in the house — and the Senate.

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.
Brigham Young

Don't shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take your part in the world's work, for it all affects you and yours.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.
Roman Payne

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
Joseph Conrad

I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.
Anais Nin

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.
Lois Wyse

It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.
Warsan Shire

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.
Better Davis

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl."
Shirley Chisholm

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

No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself.
Rabbi Sofer

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?
Mary Astell

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

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.
Sally Kempton, attributed

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Maya Angelou, c.1983

No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.
Margaret Sanger

Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge.
Andrea Dworkin

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Our Girls"

The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
Bella Abzug

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
Margaret Mead

Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.
George Carlin

Men will often admit other women are oppressed but not you.
Sheila Rowbotham

Man endures pain as an undeserved punishment; woman accepts it as a natural heritage.

Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their opressors.
Evelyn Cunningham

No man is as anti-feminist as a really feminine woman.
Frank O'Connor

Women are all female impersonators to some degree.
Susan Brownmiller

It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it.
Claudette Colbert

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
Jane Austen

Feminism directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people [has] the right to impose definitions of reality on others.
Liz Stanley and Sue Wise

Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
Margaret Atwood

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human.
Robin Morgan

Women's chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy.
Estelle R. Ramey

Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?
Lynn Hecht Schafran

I can't be a rose in any man's lapel.
Margaret Trudeau

Not only is women's work never done, the definition keeps changing.
Bill Copeland

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

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Irina Dunn

I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.
Martha Gellhorn

Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.
Roman Payne

Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.
Gloria Steinem

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