Quotes and Sayings about Feminism



"Feminism is sort of like God. Many people profess to believe in it, but no one seems to be able to define it to everyone's satisfaction."
- Aaron Allston
(Related: God, People, Feminism, Satisfaction)

"I got more and more politically active and just followed the course of feminism and sexual liberation."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Feminism)

"The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe, often with the passion of youthful optimism, that feminism is a battle already won. I worry for them - and for my daughters, too."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Women, Optimism, Battle, Daughters, Feminism, Passion, Worry)

"The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Life, Feminism, Identity, Sense, Word)

"Feminism - the word - can give us a handle, a rallying point, a common ground, and help us build a bridge. Why not claim the gift of the word as a place to begin?"
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Feminism, Help, Word)

"It was critical to finding a way out. I had assumed young women knew the history of feminism and must have felt gratitude to the movement for the opportunities that the work we have done has afforded them."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: History, Women, Work, Gratitude, Feminism)

"Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues."
- Charlotte Bunch
(Related: Women, Feminism, World)

"Sexual harassment law is very important. But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media."
- Judith Butler
(Related: Mistake, Feminism, Law, Media)

"People have accepted the media's idea of what feminism is, but that doesn't mean that it's right or true or real. Feminism is not monolithic. Within feminism, there is an array of opinions."
- Judy Chicago
(Related: People, Idea, Feminism, Media, Opinions, Right)

"I am trying to make art that relates to the deepest and most mythic concerns of human kind and I believe that, at this moment of history, feminism is humanism."
- Judy Chicago
(Related: Art, History, Feminism, Humanism, Trying)

"My feminism is humanism, with the weakest being those who I represent, and that includes many beings and life forms, including some men."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Life, Men, Being, Feminism, Humanism)

"Words like feminism or democracy scare me. They are words with barnacles on them, and you can't see what's underneath."
- William Collins
(Related: Democracy, Feminism, Words)

"My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do."
- Ani DiFranco
(Related: Idea, Feminism, Needs, Open, Right, Self, Woman)

"Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Women, Defense, Expression, Feminism)

"Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots."
- Crystal Eastman
(Related: Love, Women, Work, Feminism, Independence, Motherhood, Want)

"It's tragic when people think feminism is a dirty word."
- Siobhan Fahey
(Related: People, Feminism, Word)

"Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness."
- Susan Faludi
(Related: Happiness, Women, Feminism, Justice, Public)

"The Myth of Male Power dealt much more with the political issues, the legal issues, sexual harassment, date rape, women who kill, and those issues were very much more interfaced with the agendas of feminism."
- Warren Farrell
(Related: Legal, Power, Women, Feminism, Myth)

"'I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes,' she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes."
- Marilyn French
(Related: End, Feminism, Hate)

"Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has. Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias have been quite important, and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: Feminism, Sensitivity)

"I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: Anthropology, Feminism)

"I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science, and it's about social constructionism. So I would say I'm a social constructionist, whatever that means."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: Science, Books, Feminism, Writing)

"To recommend that women become identical to men, would be simple reversal, and would defeat the whole point of androgyny, and for that matter, feminism: in both, the whole point is choice."
- Carolyn Heilbrun
(Related: Women, Choice, Defeat)

"There's a side of me that dislikes feminism. I think we surrendered something and women were unable to reveal any kind of vulnerability."
- Rachel Hunter
(Related: Women, Feminism, Vulnerability)

"He travels fastest who travels alone, and that goes double for she. Real feminism is spinsterhood."
- Florence King
(Related: Feminism)

"First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain. On a grander scale, I would say they're reacting to change. Feminism has got to be part of that."
- Neil LaBute
(Related: Food, Men, Change, Feminism, First)

"The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Family, People, Conflict, Feminism)

"What, do you think that feminism means you hate men?"
- Cyndi Lauper
(Related: Men, Feminism, Hate)

"Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Women, Feminism)

"I think Julia is defining a new feminism. It's the power of the open heart. And its ok to be sexual."
- Kenny Loggins
(Related: Power, Heart, Feminism, Open)

"I used to think feminism was a liberating force - now I see many of those people are just censors under a different name."
- Lydia Lunch
(Related: People, Feminism, Force, Name, Now)

"Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Art, Imagination, Nature, Feminism, Myth)

"Sotomayor's vainglorious lecture bromide about herself as "a wise Latina" trumping white men is a vulgar embarrassment - a vestige of the bad old days of male-bashing feminism."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Men, Embarrassment, Feminism, Old)

"Even now, after whatever gains feminism has made in involving fathers in the rearing of their children, I still think virtually all of us spend the most formative years of our lives very much in the presence of women."
- Reynolds Price
(Related: Women, Children, Fathers, Feminism, Now, Years)

"Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Women, Capitalism, Children, Feminism, Husbands, Practice, Witchcraft)

"Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Women, Capitalism, Children, Feminism, Husbands, Practice, Witchcraft)

"Feminism is a political mistake. Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect, a mistake which her instinct will recognize."
- Valentine de Saint-Point
(Related: Women, Mistake, Feminism, Instinct, Intellect, Will)

"The cornerstone of the political correctness that dominates campus culture is radical feminism."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Culture, Feminism, Radical)

"And the first commandment of feminism is: I am woman; thou shalt not tolerate strange gods who assert that women have capabilities or often choose roles that are different from men's."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Women, Gods, Feminism, First, Woman)

"Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Nature, Failure, Feminism, Human nature)

"One of the greatest gifts of Black feminism to ourselves has been to make it a little easier simply to be Black and female."
- Barbara Smith
(Related: Feminism, Gifts)

"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."
- Rebecca West
(Related: People, Feminism)

"Feminism is a good venue for getting yourself across as much as for getting your point across."
- Elizabeth Wurtzel
(Related: Feminism)