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Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.
We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.
Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.
Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.
Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms.
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.
The purpose of feminism is to free the uniqueness of the individual and to understand that inside each of us is a unique human being who is a combination of heredity and environment.
Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.
There is no such thing as Superwoman. You cant have everything if you do everything.
By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.
The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us
In my own mind, I am still a fat brunette from Toledo, and I always will be.
I have me brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer.
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the Earth!
A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
You can't do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic 'til dawn ... Superwoman is the adversary of the women's movement.
The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.
No one can give us power. If we aren’t part of the process of taking it, we won’t be strong enough to use it.
Law and justice are not always the same.
The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn't exist in every culture.
when pain has been intertwined with love and closeness, it's very difficult to believe that love and closeness can be experienced without pain.
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.
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.
The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights
Hope is a very unruly emotion.
Democracy is mob rule with income taxes.
The old languages - at least the ones I know - don't have gender. They don't have gendered pronouns. There's no "he" and "she." A human being is a human being.
Happy or Unhappy, families are all mysterious.
Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.
Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage
Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” it helps other people do the same.
If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?
Feminism isn't called the longest revolution for nothing.
Women can be vivacious. We are allowed more varieties of facial expression and gestures. Men must be rocklike.
We need to stop raising boys to think that they need to prove their masculinity by being controlling or by not showing emotion or by not being little girls.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
If what's inside your dreams wasn't already real inside you, you couldn't even dream it.
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
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.
Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.
I want to say to you that there is life and dreams and surprises after 30-and 40, and 50, and 60, and 77! Believe me, life is one long surprise.
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.