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Gloria Steinem Quotes

(1934), American Feminist Writer, Editor

However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.

Category: Authority

The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.

Category: Body

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

Category: Careers

The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.

Category: Discomfort

For women... bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can't possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.

Category: Dress

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.

Category: Family

The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.

Category: Family

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.

Category: Feminism

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.

Category: Feminism

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.

Category: Food And Eating

Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.

Category: Gambling

By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.

Category: God

Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.

Category: Justice

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

Category: Learning

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.

Category: Men And Women