Gloria Steinem


American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist

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

We teach what we need to learn and write what we need to know.

Work is valued by the social value of the worker.

There is a healthier self within each of us, just waiting for encouragement.

We, all of us, men and women alike, have more to unlearn than to learn.

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

This idea of doing it all is the enemy of equality, not the path to do it. It's impossible to do two full-time jobs, and an impossible definition of success is just another way of making women feel like failures... Any definition of success has to include social policies that honor families and men who raise babies as much as women do.

We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.

You can't lose old and negative ways of thinking until new and positive ones replace them.

This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. 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.

We're not separate from nature — it's not "man conquering nature," it's people as part of nature saving ourselves.

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.

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American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist