“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
“I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
I raise up my voice, not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.
Of course, I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”
“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”
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.’
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
“I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.”
~Diane von Furstenberg
“No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.”
“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.
“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was a woman that gave you Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.”
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story—I will.”
“For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious—or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.
“Feminism is for everybody.”
“I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.”
~Harriet Beecher Stowe
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.
~Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”
“I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That’s me.”
“Women’s freedom is the sign of social freedom.”
“They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, ‘How else did you expect me to show up?'”
“Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.”
“Women’s speech—and the fact that we are now listening to it—has enraged men in a way that makes them determined to reëstablish the longstanding hierarchy of power in America. … And yet this awful truth will not stop women from speaking, and I do not think that it will turn a movement into a moment. It has become clear that there is not nearly enough left to lose.”
The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, oftentimes, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.
“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”
“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going, let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.”
“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.”
“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'”
“Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I’m well aware of, but that’s just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history—empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.”
“By propagating women’s nature as non-violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society.”
“More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs.”
“I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life.”
“Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.”
“‘Very well,’ I said angrily, ‘Start the man, and I’ll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him.'”
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
“Maybe it just boils down to: I’m a woman who’s really into her career, so I’m obsessed with the craft of my work. … There’s a romance in that for me.”
“Women must learn to play the game as men do.”
“When a woman is assaulted, one of the first questions people ask is, Did you say no? This question assumes that the answer was always yes, and that it is her job to revoke the agreement. To defuse the bomb she was given. But why are they allowed to touch us until we physically fight them off? Why is the door open until we have to slam it shut?”
“You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilizing thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.”
“I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.”
“In my opinion, the most exciting potential of women of color formations resides in the possibility of politicizing this identity—basing the identity on politics rather than the politics on identity.”
“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?”
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.
Coretta Scott King
“Around the world there are countless examples of women rising, taking leadership, taking their destiny into their own hands, inspiring all of us. But women and girls are still the majority of the victims of war. They are over half of all refugees, and the vast majority of the victims of rape and other sexual and gender-based violence.”
“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”