If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a terrible warning.
The very first editorial I wrote was about how we needed more women in Parliament. And as a matter of fact, I could run that editorial almost word for word today. It’s changed, but not enough.
When Kinsey came out and reported only one woman in four enjoyed sex, I thought, ‘That’s awful.’ Then there were all these books to help women understand sex. It would have been better to educate the men.
What is power? I can walk in to see the prime minister when I want ... but I can’t get a cab in the rain.
Gender equality is still far over the horizon, and the resistance is absolutely stunning.
If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.
Interesting how, if you are silent, democracy is working. If you speak up, democracy is not for you.
... nothing else is going to matter if we kill the earth and we kill the food and we destroy the gene pool and there aren’t any people around to enjoy the earth.
These people watch CBC and read The Globe and Mail way too much!
Anyone who says this movement is dying betrays their own ignorance.
Sisterhood is powerful.
That just isn’t good enough, I won’t accept that!
To be black and female in a society that is both racist and sexist is to be in the unique position of having nowhere to go but up!
Unless all of us are free, none of us will be free.
Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.
We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.
Women should enter politics to bring about change. It’s a tough arena, and an unpleasant one. The sacrifices called for can only be justified on the grounds that we are indeed making the world, or our community, a better place than it is.
What is not recorded is not remembered.
It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.
As I go across the country and privately visit women’s shelters and counselling centres, I am appalled that the most vulnerable people in our society are still women.
I believe that the time has come for women to take more active roles in all domains of human society, in an age in which education and the capacities of the mind, not physical strength, define leadership. This could help create a more equitable and compassionate society.
Through the horror of rape, rape in war zones is used as an instrument of war.
Feminism exists so that no woman ever has to face her abuser in isolation, alone.
What feminists do in the legal system is to expose its previously unseen maleness and attempt to deconstruct it, in order to make room for the viewpoints, the concerns and the experience of women.
We sought to establish the personal individuality of women.
If a male member of Parliament says anything foolish it is forgotten the next day, but if a woman does it, it is repeated endlessly, right across the country.
Leap and the net will appear.
If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?
You can’t drink oil to live. You can’t eat money to live. If you’ve got no water, you’ve got no life.
We will be the greatest and strongest group of young women ever formed. I mean of women, by women and for women.
Keep on dreaming and work toward your dream. Only you can make it come true.
If you’ve come to help me, You are wasting your time – and mine. If you come because your liberation is linked to mine, Then let’s join hands and start working together.
We women’s organizations from a broad spectrum of political views demand an end to the bombing and other tools of death, and call for the immediate start of deliberations to talk peace and not make war. The dance of death and destruction must come to an end. We demand that war no longer be an option, nor violence a strategy, nor killing an alternative. The society we want is one in which every individual can lead a life of security – personal, economic, and social.
It is clear that the highest price is paid by women and others from the periphery – geographic, economic, ethnic, social, and cultural – who now, as always, are excluded from the public eye and dominant discourse.
The time for women is now. We demand that words and actions be conducted in another language.
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They will kill me but they will not kill my voice, because it will be the voice of all Afghan women. You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Language to me is a tool – a very clumsy tool. And words are garden tools with which to till the soil of one’s life.
Scholarship without public involvement is arcane; public involvement without scholarship leads nowhere.
Say to the darkness, “We beg to differ!”
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
We, the native women, feel no one should have the right to discriminate. I think even God would agree with me.
It’s sad when some politicians are impressive simply because they behave like adults.
It is a myth and superstition to speak of any considerable body of women as not being workers.
Someone said that life is a party. You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished.
Scratch any woman deeply enough and you find a feminist.
Disturbers are never popular – nobody ever really loved an alarm clock in action – no matter how grateful they may have been afterwards for its kind services!
I am a firm believer in women – in their ability to do things and in their influence and power. Women set the standards for the world, and it is for us, women of Canada, to set the standards high.
I saw what could be done with words, for I had a vision of a new world as I talked.
Never retreat, never explain, never apologize – get the thing done and let them howl.
The purpose of woman’s life is ... to make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living.
I ... learned that even if you are terrified it is best not to show it, then you get credit for being fearless.
I think women can save civilization.
Evolution cannot be brought about by the use of dynamite.
The woman, in a battle of fists or guns, may not be as great a power as a man; but a woman behind a vote is every bit as useful as a man.
I’ve met more women who fail because of self-pity ... and worrying about their pride. My definition of courage is that you hang on five minutes longer than the other guy. Don’t blink.
I have to cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely with no extraordinary power reconstitute the world.
If you have to compromise, be sure to compromise up.
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Change happens when people actively participate; lip service is what happens when people don’t.
Establishment women just get mad. Activists change the laws.
One of my experiences around feminist risk and change is that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to put new wine into old wineskins.
Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.
The phrase “working mother” is redundant.
There are few subjects that match the social significance of women’s education in the contemporary world.
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d be millionaires.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
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.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
When you educate a girl, you begin to change the face of a nation.
I think - therefore I’m single.