Gloria Steinem Quotes

Who is Gloria Steinem?

Gloria Steinem is an American feminist.

Born March 25, 1934

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Best 29 Quotes by Gloria Steinem

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

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

“A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.”

“A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.”

“A woman who aspires to be something is called a bitch.”

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

“America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.”

“Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.”

“From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence – and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified.”

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

“If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?”

“If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn’t it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?”

“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.”

“Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.”

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“Men should think twice before making widowhood women’s only path to power.”

“Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.”

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“It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering.”

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“Most women’s magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.”

“Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect.”

“One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the Earth.”

“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.”

“Rich people plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.”

“So whatever you want to do, just do it… making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.”

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

“The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.”

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

“There are really not many jobs that actually require a pen*s or a v*gina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.”

“We are the women our parents warned us against, and we are proud.”

“We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.”

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“Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.”

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