Famous Quotes By Gloria Steinem


  1. A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
  2. Because I have work to care about, it is possible that I may be less difficult to get along with than other women when the double chins start to form.
  3. Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.
  4. Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.
  5. For much of the female half of the world, food is the first signal of our inferiority. It lets us know that our own families may consider female bodies to be less deserving, less needy, less valuable.
  6. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.
  7. Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described - and will be, after our deaths - by each of the family members who believe they know us.
  8. Hope is a very unruly emotion.
  9. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
  10. I'd like to be played as a child by Natalie Wood. I'd have some romantic scenes as Audrey Hepburn and have gritty black-and-white scenes as Patricia Neal.
  11. If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?
  12. If women have young children, they are one man away from welfare.
  13. If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society.
  14. It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.
  15. It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
  16. I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.
  17. Men should think twice before making widow hood woman's only path to power.
  18. Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
  19. Most women are one man away from welfare.
  20. Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.
  21. No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the office.
  22. Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
  23. Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
  24. Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
  25. The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
  26. The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.
  27. The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day a movement is only people moving.
  28. We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.
  29. We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.
  30. Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

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