The Best Gloria Steinem Quotes

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on people


      Any more than that, and people forget you were there. -Gloria Steinem

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      America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. -Gloria Steinem

      Because when some people are invisible, everyone suffers. -Gloria Steinem

      Children are short people. Some you like, some you don’t. -Gloria Steinem

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      Rich People plan for three generations Poor people plan for Saturday night -Gloria Steinem

      Being misunderstood by people whose opinions you value is absolutely the most painful. -Gloria Steinem

      Our children are the only people on whom we can safely take revenge for what was done to us. -Gloria Steinem

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      It’s heartbreaking to watch people working against themselves. -Gloria Steinem

      I hate when people say, “Have fun at the press preview.” Fun is talking to you. -Gloria Steinem

      Every revolution begins as consciousness because some group of people has to imagine change. -Gloria Steinem

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      Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. -Gloria Steinem

      We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach. -Gloria Steinem

      Dying seems less sad than having lived too little. -Gloria Steinem

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      Laughter is a rescue. p.204 -Gloria Steinem

      After feminism, I suddenly realised: not everyone has to live the same way. Imagine that! -Gloria Steinem

      There’s a big gap between public opinion polls and the vote in Washington, in Congress. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on person


      It’s easier to blame the person with less power. -Gloria Steinem

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      I’m a freelance person, and I’ve always been able to support myself. -Gloria Steinem

      Anybody who has ever met a baby knows there is already a person in there. -Gloria Steinem

      Transformation happens in small groups. Each person can speak and all listen. -Gloria Steinem

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      If you really want to be lonely, get married. -Gloria Steinem

      Hope is a very unruly emotion. -Gloria Steinem

      When gender comes down upon us, male or female, it comes as a restriction. -Gloria Steinem

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      Male silence is not the same as listening -Gloria Steinem

      You are the leader you’ve been waiting for. -Gloria Steinem

      I hope to live to 100. There is so much to do. -Gloria Steinem

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      In my own mind, I am still a fat brunette from Toledo, and I always will be. -Gloria Steinem

      The surest way to be alone is to get married. -Gloria Steinem

      How could you not love Norman Mailer? He was a total chauvinist, but also so vulnerable. -Gloria Steinem

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      Anybody who is experiencing something is more expert in it than the experts. -Gloria Steinem

      Feminism is about friends and sisters and community. -Gloria Steinem

      A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. -Gloria Steinem

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      Superwoman is the adversary of the women’s movement. -Gloria Steinem

      Crime is not the problem of the victim, the victim didn’t create the crime. -Gloria Steinem

      When unique voices are united in a common cause, they make history. -Gloria Steinem

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      After all, hope is a form of planning. -Gloria Steinem

      Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. -Gloria Steinem

      A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual. -Gloria Steinem

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      Men have to ask, ‘How can I combine career and family?’ -Gloria Steinem

      Whatever each individual woman is facing-only she knows her biggest challenge. -Gloria Steinem

      Each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms. -Gloria Steinem

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      Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle. -Gloria Steinem

      Work is valued by the social value of the worker. -Gloria Steinem

      I began to see that for some, religion was just a form of politics you couldn’t criticize. -Gloria Steinem

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      I was the first woman to speak ever at the National Press Club, and they gave me a necktie. -Gloria Steinem

      Perfect is boring: Beauty is irregular. -Gloria Steinem

      Nature doesn’t move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on women


      Most women are one man away from welfare. -Gloria Steinem

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      God knows (She knows) that women try. -Gloria Steinem

      Women are liked better when they lose. -Gloria Steinem

      Diane Keaton is good for women in and of herself. She’s smart and funny and real. -Gloria Steinem

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      Feminism…is not ‘women as victims’ but women refusing to be victims. -Gloria Steinem

      If women have young children, they are one man away from welfare. -Gloria Steinem

      Most women’s magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers. -Gloria Steinem

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      Most books are bought by women. -Gloria Steinem

      Female inferiority is internalised by us. Women need a lot more confidence. -Gloria Steinem

      Some women and men seem to need each other. -Gloria Steinem

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      The Constitution did not mention women when it was first written, and it still doesn’t. -Gloria Steinem

      Knowing About Victoria Woodhull inspires women to be daring, outrageous and creative. -Gloria Steinem

      The idea that women don’t smell fine on our own is a problem. -Gloria Steinem

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      Only when women rebel against patriarchal standards does female muscle become more accepted. -Gloria Steinem

      In a way, women are a psychic immigrant group. -Gloria Steinem

      A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. -Gloria Steinem

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      Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. -Gloria Steinem

      One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the Earth! -Gloria Steinem

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

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      Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age. -Gloria Steinem

      If women could sleep their way to the top, there’d be a lot more women at the top. -Gloria Steinem

      Do women compete for the favours of men? Yes. They’ve spent 5,000 years competing. -Gloria Steinem

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      Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just havent been a part of history. -Gloria Steinem

      Don’t think about making women fit the world–think about making the world fit women.” ” -Gloria Steinem

      We’re changing ourselves to fit the world instead of changing the world to fit women. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on human


      It’s a fundamental human right to decide to have children or not to have children. -Gloria Steinem

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      Empathy is the most radical of human emotions. -Gloria Steinem

      There’s more variation among human groups than between human groups. -Gloria Steinem

      Show me something that is not transformed by the other half of the human race. -Gloria Steinem

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

      Women and men are equal human beings. -Gloria Steinem

      If men menstruated, they would brag about how much and for how long. -Gloria Steinem

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      Men are victims of their own impulses. -Gloria Steinem

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

      The men found this was too hard on them. That’s why they’ve become feminists. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on anger


      Anger is energising. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward. -Gloria Steinem

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      There’s no emotion more revolutionary than empathy. -Gloria Steinem

      Everyone is unique and each experience is different. -Gloria Steinem

      If we’re isolated, we come to feel powerless when we’re not. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on power


      We’ll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth. -Gloria Steinem

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      I believe that art has incredible power. -Gloria Steinem

      The point is less what we choose than that we have the power to make a choice. -Gloria Steinem

      In order to make a choice, you need the power to see there is one. -Gloria Steinem

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      Men should think twice before making widow hood woman’s only path to power. -Gloria Steinem

      Power in this country is often like hemophilia; it passes through women and then men get it. -Gloria Steinem

      Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on life


      Feminism began to dawn on my brain belatedly in life. -Gloria Steinem

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      She is a water bug on the surface of life. -Gloria Steinem

      The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us -Gloria Steinem

      Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life. -Gloria Steinem

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      I started out life as a writer, and writers write in part because they don’t want to talk. -Gloria Steinem

      Go out and find your own stories.That is what I want to tell you. -Gloria Steinem

      Each others’ lives are our best textbooks. -Gloria Steinem

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      What’s so valuable about HBO is they tell stories. We learn from stories. -Gloria Steinem

      I’m lucky I don’t make my living in front of the camera. -Gloria Steinem

      I don’t want to die saying but, you know? There’s so much I want to do, so I want more time. -Gloria Steinem

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      A lot of my generation are living out the un-lived lives of our mothers. -Gloria Steinem

      If I read the word ‘problematize’ one more time, I’m going to vomit. -Gloria Steinem

      The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen’s skin. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on self


      Self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it. -Gloria Steinem

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      Self-esteem is the basis of any democracy. -Gloria Steinem

      Believing in a true self is what allows a true self to be born. -Gloria Steinem

      Self-hatred leads to the need either to dominate or to be dominated. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on children


      In Sweden, both parents take care of the children. -Gloria Steinem

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      Housewives are dependent creatures who are still children�parasites. -Gloria Steinem

      What would happen if we listened to children as much as we talked to them? -Gloria Steinem

      Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. -Gloria Steinem

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      Gloria Steinem quotes on violence


      I would say that reproductive freedom comes first, then violence and economics. -Gloria Steinem

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      We choose to be writers because we don’t want to talk. -Gloria Steinem

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

      Inner space is the real frontier. -Gloria Steinem

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      The women’s movement in England was totally against Margaret Thatcher. -Gloria Steinem

      Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential. -Gloria Steinem

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

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      The dogma is that that dogma is a mistake. -Gloria Steinem

      Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before. -Gloria Steinem

      If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot? -Gloria Steinem

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      We must begin to shift the emphasis of teen-age pregnancy to teen-age boys. -Gloria Steinem

      Movements are like rivers. Dipping into them is never the same twice. -Gloria Steinem

      Feminism isn’t called the longest revolution for nothing. -Gloria Steinem

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      The political is personal. -Gloria Steinem

      I never expected to be even busier at 81, and doing more of what I love, than when I was 30. -Gloria Steinem

      We have to know before we can act. -Gloria Steinem

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      The ends and means are a seamless web. -Gloria Steinem

      Girls actually need superheroes much more than boys. -Gloria Steinem

      We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. -Gloria Steinem

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      Nothing changes the gender equation more significantly than women’s economic freedom. -Gloria Steinem

      Law and justice are not always the same. -Gloria Steinem

      If you follow the voice inside you, it does give you guidance. -Gloria Steinem

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      The root of oppression is the loss of memory. -Gloria Steinem

      Feminism isn’t whatever you want it to be. -Gloria Steinem

      If what’s inside your dreams wasn’t already real inside you, you couldn’t even dream it. -Gloria Steinem

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      Always ask the turtle. -Gloria Steinem

      Don’t worry about your background, whether it’s odd or ordinary, use it, build on it. -Gloria Steinem

      It’s never to late for a happy childhood. -Gloria Steinem

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      Women’s progress has been a collective effort. -Gloria Steinem

      Behave like everything you do matters. -Gloria Steinem

      Racism is not real, it’s made up, it’s cruel, it can be stopped. -Gloria Steinem

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      All those chemicals that create empathy only work when you are in a room together. -Gloria Steinem

      Perfectionism attaches to what is valued in the culture. -Gloria Steinem

      We teach what we need to learn. -Gloria Steinem

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      There’s no shortage of great young activists. -Gloria Steinem

      The first resistance to social change is to say it’s not necessary. -Gloria Steinem

      There is always one true inner voice. Trust it. -Gloria Steinem

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      Nothing will happen automatically. Change depends on what you and I do every day. -Gloria Steinem

      The only thing I can’t stand is discomfort. -Gloria Steinem

      Writing keeps me from believing everything I read. -Gloria Steinem Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer. -Gloria Steinem

      There is a naive belief that injustice only had to be pointed out in order to be cured. -Gloria Steinem

      Proust’s tea cake has nothing on one hour in a college dorm. -Gloria Steinem This is the wisdom: If we bless our bodies, they will bless us. -Gloria Steinem

      Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect. -Gloria Steinem

      A good friendship is a conversation that never ends. -Gloria Steinem Whatever you want to do,do it now. -Gloria Steinem

      I do not like to write-I like to have written. -Gloria Steinem

      I keep thinking: ‘Georgia O’Keeffe wouldn’t have had Botox.’ -Gloria Steinem So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? -Gloria Steinem

      A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space. -Gloria Steinem

      Having someone who looks like us but thinks like them is worse than having no one at all. -Gloria Steinem The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together. -Gloria Steinem

      Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality. -Gloria Steinem

      I always trust the microcosm over the macrocosm. -Gloria Steinem Democracy is mob rule with income taxes. -Gloria Steinem

      Of course, we can change. We’re very adaptable. But it takes a while. -Gloria Steinem

      Thank you for all your good and beautiful work. -Gloria Steinem I always wanted to put a sign up on the road to Yale saying, ‘Beware: Deconstruction Ahead.’ -Gloria Steinem

      This is what forty looks like. We’ve been lying so long, who would know? -Gloria Steinem

      There is no such thing as a crime of passion, only a crime of possession. -Gloria Steinem Women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage -Gloria Steinem

      There’s nothing automatic about political change, about liberation. -Gloria Steinem

      When the gender role starts to descend, boys get into the masculine box. -Gloria Steinem Writing is always harder than talking. -Gloria Steinem

      Logic has nothing to do with oppression. -Gloria Steinem

      Religion is often politics made sacred. -Gloria Steinem One of the things I understood from early on was that art was a symbol of systemic inequity. -Gloria Steinem

      Language can’t solve everything, of course, but it does carry our dreams and our ideas. -Gloria Steinem

      We all have good instincts unless they’re beaten out of us or shamed out of us in childhood. -Gloria Steinem When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘where are the boys?’ the boys are with bernie. -Gloria Steinem

      There is no such thing as Superwoman. You cant have everything if you do everything. -Gloria Steinem

      Evil is obvious only in retrospect. -Gloria Steinem I believe that change comes from the bottom, not the top. -Gloria Steinem

      The definition of woman’s work is shitwork. -Gloria Steinem

      Logic is in the eye of the logician. -Gloria Steinem

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