Published Nov 12, 2003
frame of reference Danielle Picard
"I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
"We haven't come a long way, we've come a short way. If we hadn't come a short way, no one would be calling us 'baby.'"
- Elizabeth Janeway
"There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver."
- Charlotte Perkins Gillman
"To be meek, patient, tactful, modest, honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly; it is to be humane."
- Jane Harrison
"Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself."
- Rita Mae Brown
"Instant gratification takes too long."
- Carrie Fisher
"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
"When we talk to God we are praying; when God talks to us, we are schizophrenic."
- Lily Tomlin
"Not only is life a *****, but it is always having puppies."
- Adrienne Gusoff
"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific."
- Jane Wagner / Lily Tomlin
"Normal is in the eye of the beholder."
- Whoopi Goldberg
"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
- Katharine Hepburn
"Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often."
- Mae West
"My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said 'Just wait.'"
- Judy Tenuta
"I think, therefore I'm single."
- Liz Winstead
"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels."
- Faith Whittlesey
"I never know how much of what I say is true."
- Bette Midler
"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people."
- Cheris Kramare and Paula Treichler
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."
- Rebecca West
"Feminism is not a doctrine that seeks to confine us but rather a quest we continually define."
- Caroline Soriosis
"My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do."
- Ani DiFranco
"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."
- Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton (motto of The Revolution newspaper)
"Women want to be free to choose from the same range of options that men take for granted. In our quest for equal pay, equal access to education and opportunities, we have made great strides. But until women can move freely and think freely in their homes, on the streets, in the workplace without the fear of violence, there can be no real freedom."
- Anita Roddick
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."
- Marie Curie
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a *****. You've got to go out and kick ass."
- Maya Angelou
"I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it."
- Alanis Morissette
"Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
"Nature provides exceptions to every rule."
- Margaret Fuller
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."
- Angela Monet
"Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?"
- Lillian Hellman
"Taken out of context I must seem so strange."
- Ani DiFranco, "Fire Door"
"As a woman, I have no country. As a woman my country is the world."
- Virginia Woolf
"Don't tolerate me as different. Accept me as part of the spectrum of normalcy."
- Ann Northrop
"There is not one female comedian who was beautiful as a little girl."
- Joan Rivers
"There's a little bit of hooker in every woman. A little bit of hooker and a little bit of God."
- Sarah Miles
"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
- Margaret Sanger
"Conventionality is not morality."
- Charlotte Brontë
"Any measurement must take into account the position of the observer. There is no such thing as measurement absolute, there is only measurement relative."
- Jeanette Winterson
"If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive."
- Audre Lorde
taste blood, yours, or mine, flowing
from a sudden slash, than cut all day
with blunt scissors on dotted lines
like the teacher told."
- Adrienne Rich, "On Edges"
"Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!"
- Barbara Bush
"Somewhere in Egypt I'm worth 4 camels
A strong healthy girl like me
On 42nd Street it's a quarter to look
But the women outside are free"
- Joan Osborne, "4 Camels"
"We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect."
- Alanis Morissette, "Perfect"
"Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."
- Jodie Foster
"You know, I think I could have the cure to AIDS or cancer in my head, but that brain cell is filled instead with old dialogue from the Brady Bunch."
- Mary Newton
"I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?"
- Joan Baez
"Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult."
- Charlotte Whitton
"Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes."
- Tori Amos
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."
- Shirley Temple
"They sicken of the calm who know the storm."
- Dorothy Parker
"Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself."
- Doris Lessing
"Soon they'll be telling you
you can't be
Batman, Shakespeare, President, or God.
Little fat baby, going on
schoolgirl, you can be
anyone, but it won't be
- Marilyn Hacker, "To Iva, Two-and-a-Half"
"I am thirty two flavors and then some
and I'm beyond your peripheral vision
so you might wanna turn your head
'cause some day you might find you are starving
and eating all of the words that you said."
- Ani DiFranco, "Thirty-Two Flavours"
"There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do."
- Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin
"Women must understand that simply attacking or hating men is just another form of disempowerment. A woman has to realize that when she makes a man crawl it doesn't give her power."
"I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch."
- Gilda Radner
"Mother, can't you see I've got
to live my life the way I feel is right for me,
might not be right for you,
but it's right for me."
- Sarah McLachlan, "Elsewhere"
"I've made so many movies playing a hooker that they don't pay me in the regular way anymore. They leave it on the dresser."
- Shirley MacLaine
"Half of learning how to play
is learning what not to play
and she's learning the spaces she leaves
have their own things to say"
- Ani DiFranco, "Up Up Up Up Up Up"
"I don't mind how much my ministers talk - as long as they do what I say."
- Margaret Thatcher
"The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one."
- Joan Baez
"If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression."
- Toni Morrison
"In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing - antihumanism."
- Shirley Chisholm
"Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can they deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me."
- Zora Neale Hurston
"Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'"
- Clare Boothe Luce
"Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them."
- Marya Mannes
"I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it."
- Voltairine de Cleyre
"Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel."
- Bella Abzug
"The Rubicons which women must cross, the sex barriers which they must breach, are ultimately those that exist in their own minds."
- Freda Adler
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."
- Catherine Aird
"I am as pure as the driven slush."
- Tallulah Bankhead
"I'm just a person trapped inside a woman's body."
- Elayne Boosler
"The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubator and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no women is or can be qualified is sperm donor."
- Wilma Scott Heide
"But the problem is that when I go around and speak on campuses, I still don't get young men standing up and saying, 'How can I combine career and family?'"
- Gertrude Stein
"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."
- Gloria Steinem
"There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall."
"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
- Emily Dickinson
"There is more difference within the sexes than between them."
- Ivy Compton-Burnett
[QOUTE] "I think, therefore I'm single."
- Liz Winstead [QOUTE]
[/b] This is a little too close to home!
[QOUTE] "There's a little bit of hooker in every woman. A little bit of hooker and a little bit of God."
- Sarah Miles [QOUTE]
LMAO, now that's pretty ingenious!
[QOUTE] "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."
- Gloria Steinem [QOUTE]
God knows that's true.
[QOUTE] "There is more difference within the sexes than between them."
- Ivy Compton-Burnett
Sure, try telling men that! These were too good! Thanks for the laughs! Kacy
Sure, try telling men that!
These were too good! Thanks for the laughs!
jnette, ASN, EMT-I
Loved these, Steph ! WONDERFUL ! Thanx so much for sharing !!! :)
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