Gloria Steinem


American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist

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The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.

We are also communal creatures who are born before our brains are fully developed, so we're very sensitive to our environment. The question is: How to find the support and the circumstances that allow you to express what's inside you?

When the past dies, there is mourning, but when the future dies our imaginations are compelled to carry it on.

The premise of most media is that only conflict is newsworthy. And that's just not true.

We are becoming the men we wanted to marry

Why are solutions not just as newsworthy as problems? The notion that hostility is necessary all the time to create interest and news is not going to help us come to agreements and solve the huge problems we have.

The real reasons for genital mutilation can only be understood in the context of the patriarchy: men must control women's bodies as the means of production, and thus repress the independent power of women's sexuality.

We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.

Wisdom too often remains in our heads. Only experience can make it a visceral part of our daily lives by bridging the distance from head to heart.

The reason women's magazines look the way they look is much less about readers than it is about advertisers. Advertisers simply won't place ads in women's magazines unless you write about their products.

We are the women our parents warned us against, and we are proud.

Women are always saying, “We can do anything that men can do.” But Men should be saying, “We can do anything that women can do.”

The same idea of masculinity that says you have to dominate women says you have to dominate nature, and that becomes the source of evils visited on the environment.

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.

Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.

The surest way to be alone is to get married

We don't have to reinvent the wheel, just rediscover it.

Women have convinced ourselves that we can do what men can do. But we haven't convinced ourselves and therefore haven't convinced our country, that men can do what women can do.

The whole idea is not to figure out what you should do that will matter, but to make each thing you do reflect the values you want, because we don't know what's going to matter in the future.

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.

Women have two choices: Either she's a feminist or a masochist.

There are many more people trying to meet the right person than to become the right person.

We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.

Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage

There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.

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American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist