Gloria Steinem’s Best Quotes That Empower Women
What does it mean to be a feminist? In her first speech as UN women goodwill ambassador, Emma Watson said feminism has become synonymous with "man-hating," but by definition, it is simply “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." Social activist, writer, editor, and lecturer Gloria Steinem has been a proud feminist and champion of women's rights since the late 1960s. She led the charge for the women's movement when she made the jump from journalist to activist, launching Ms. Magazine and writing several books on the topic of women's rights and gender equality, something she continues to fight for today at age 81. "The truth is that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it," Steinem told The New York Daily News. With the release of her new book, My Life on the Road, we compiled some of Gloria's most empowering quotes. Scroll down to read more, and click on the quotes to read the full interview.
“The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.”
“But I wasted time not so much out of fear as out of a desire to be useful. A friend or a family member or someone in the movement would ask me to do a particular thing, and I would think, ‘Well, that’s not so hard to do, and it might really help. I’ll do that.’ Because I was, in a way, making myself real by being useful.
I think that’s a very female experience—that it’s hard to say no. Somebody gave me a cartoon to put on my wall of a man sitting at a desk, talking on a phone, and he’s saying, ‘How about never? Would never be good for you?’ [Both laugh.] But I think the most obvious real fear I had was of public speaking. That really paralyzed me.”
“As a general rule of how to make change or how to achieve, if you are in a situation where you have more power than others, you need to listen as much as you talk. If you have less power, you have to talk as much as you listen. It took me years to understand that.”
“The ballgame is to [get women to think] you can’t do it and therefore you shouldn’t try and you shouldn’t disturb the system. You can both be there [in the workplace] and you can have the fun—and it is fun—of making change while you’re there.”
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