Gloria Steinem


American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist

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This is what fifty looks like. We’ve been lying so long, who would know?

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

To think of taking our place in nature instead of conquering it is a deep change in the way we see ourselves and the world.

What has the women's movement learned from [Geraldine Ferraro's] candidacy for vice president? Never get married.

The media formula is always to have a pro and con, to say there are two sides to any issue, when in fact there may be 10 sides.

Unless we include a job as part of every citizen's right to autonomy and personal fulfillment, women will continue to be vulnerable to someone else's idea of what need is.

Whatever small change we make will be like a pebble in a pond, it will reverberate outward.

The moment we find the reason behind an emotion the wall is breached, and the positive memories it has kept from us return too. That's why it pays to ask those painful questions. The answers can set you free.

Violence only produces violent people.

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

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.

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American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist