15 Badass Quotes About Women & Feminism

0. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings” Cheris Kramerae

1. “Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so” Naomi Wolf

2. “We need to reclaim the word ‘feminism’. We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist – and only 42% of British women – I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?” Caitlin Moran 

3. “While falling in love is fun, it’s not everything, and it’s not the antidote to an unfulfilled life, despite what Reese Witherspoon movies may tell you.” Jessica Valenti

4. “When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition.” Letty Cottin Pogrebin

5. “A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one” Naomi Wolf

6. ““You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation” Brigham Young

7. “The process begins with the individual woman’s acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization” bell hooks

8. “I am a feminist because I feel endangered, psychically and physically, by this society and because I believe that the women’s movement is saying that we have come to an edge of history when men – insofar as they are embodiments of the patriarchal idea – have become dangerous to children and other living things, themselves included” Adrienne Rich 

9. “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist, but I don’t like girls pretending to be stupid because it’s easier” Amy Whinehouse

10.  “To be a feminist is to be alive” Margaret Cho

11. “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” Claire Boothe Luce

12. “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power.  You just take it” Rosanne Barr

13. “You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman” Jane Galvin Lewis

14. “Women are not inherently passive or peaceful.  We’re not inherently anything but human”  Robin Morgan 

15. “Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man” Margaret Mead

3 Responses to “15 Badass Quotes About Women & Feminism”
  1. pitbullgirl65 says:

    “We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.”
    Wangari Maathai quote

    It’s not a feminist quote per say, but damn Ms. Maathai: what a powerful person she was. I can’t believe she died. :/

  2. ruspeakout says:

    Reblogged this on Speak Out: Exploring Womanhood and commented:
    Wonderful words of the women’s movement.

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