Gloria Steinem


American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist

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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.

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.

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American Feminist, Journalist, Social and Political Activist