Gloria Steinem

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We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen, or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.

Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine.

Quotes[edit]

  • This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labour on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen, or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.
  • Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
    • "Sisterhood" in New York Magazine (20 December 1971), p. 49
  • I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and the courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.
    • "Sisterhood" in New York Magazine (20 December 1971), p. 49
  • 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.
    • "If Hitler Were Alive, Whose Side Would He Be On?" in M.S. magazine (October-November 1980); later in Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983)
  • If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?
    • Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983), p. 228
  • As the little boy said when asked if he wanted to be a lawyer like his mother, "Oh no, that's women's work." Logic has nothing to do with oppression.
    • Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983), p. 367
  • God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.
    • Moving Beyond Words (1994), p. 270
  • Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.
    • As quoted in Building a Life of Value : Timeless Wisdom to Inspire and Empower Us (2005) by Jason A. Merchey, p. 225


Misattributed[edit]

  • A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
    • This quote was popularized by Steinem and is often attributed to her. However, the line was first coined by Australian educator Irina Dunn. [1]

Quotes about Steinem[edit]

  • … Gloria Steinem's definition of a feminist—"Anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men"...
    • Frederica Mathewes-Green, "Feminists Should Oppose Abortion", in Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints" (September 1994), ed. Carol Wekesser, p. 218
  • She is so deluded that she genuinely believes she speaks for all women. She's a victim of her own success. I liked the early Steinem. There was once a survey conducted for Time about who would make a good candidate for the first female president, and I wrote in Gloria Steinem. But now? Gloria Steinem is dissing men and dissing fashion and she's out having her hair streaked at Kenneth's. She became a socialite with a coterie. A lot of middle-aged white ladies still love her, but the media have been negligent regarding her.

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