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Women's History Month Quotations

  1. "The Rubicons which women must cross, the sex barriers which they must breach, are ultimately those that exist in their own minds."
    -- Freda Adler

  2. "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."
    -- Catherine Aird

  3. "Now we are expected to be as wise as men who have had generations of all the help there is, and we scarcely anything."
    -- Louisa May Alcott

  4. "Women must understand that simply attacking or hating men is just another form of disempowerment. A woman has to realize that when she makes a man crawl it doesn't give her power."
    -- Tori Amos

  5. "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass."
    -- Maya Angelou

  6. "I'm a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman, / That's me."
    -- Maya Angelou

  7. "Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory. "
    -- Susan B. Anthony

  8. "The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? "
    -- Susan B. Anthony

  9. "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."
    -- Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton (motto of The Revolution newspaper)

  10. "Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel."
    -- Bella Abzug

  11. "I married beneath me. All women do."
    -- Lady Nancy Astor

  12. "Women love the lie that saves their pride, but never an unflattering truth."
    -- Gertrude Atherton

  13. "I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?"
    -- Joan Baez

  14. "It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time."
    -- Tallulah Bankhead

  15. "Sentences that begin with "all women" are never, never true."
    -- Margaret Culkin Banning

  16. "One is not born a woman, one becomes one. "
    -- Simone de Beauvoir

  17. "It is really asking too much of a woman to expect her to bring up her husband and her children too?"
    -- Lillian Bell

  18. "In every girl is a goddess. "
    -- Francesca Lia Block

  19. "Women are never what they seem to be. There is the woman you see and there is the woman who is hidden. Buy the gift for the woman who is hidden. "
    -- Erma Bombeck

  20. "My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint."
    -- Erma Bombeck

  21. "Never lend your car to anyone whom you have given birth."
    -- Erma Bombeck

  22. "When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country."
    -- Elayne Boosler

  23. "I'm just a person trapped inside a woman's body."
    -- Elayne Boosler

  24. "Let Greeks be Greeks, and women what they are. "
    -- Anne Bradstreet

  25. "Conventionality is not morality."
    -- Charlotte Brontė

  26. "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."
    -- Helen Gurley Brown

  27. "Consider the "new" woman. She's trying to be Pollyanna Borgia, clearly a conflict of interest. She's supposed to be a ruthless winner at work and a bundle of nurturing sweetness at home."
    -- Rita Mae Brown

  28. "Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself."
    -- Rita Mae Brown

  29. "She had always been too wise to tell him all she thought and felt, knowing by some intuition of her own womanhood that no man wants to know everything of any woman. "
    -- Pearl S. Buck

  30. "It certainly must have been a relief for women of the country to realize that one could be a woman and a lady and yet be thoroughly political. "
    -- Pearl S. Buck

  31. "The basic discovery about any people…is the discovery of the relationship between its men and women."
    -- Pearl S. Buck

  32. "There is more difference within the sexes than between them."
    -- Ivy Compton-Burnett

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  33. "The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing ~ and then marry him. "
    -- Cher

  34. "In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing - antihumanism."
    -- Shirley Chisholm

  35. "Women are adaptable to what the man presents to her. If he presents affection she presents affection. If he presents anger then that is what she gives back. And if he present stupidity, then she adapts to the fact that she has to do the thinking for the both of them."
    -- Tina Cleland

  36. "I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it."
    -- Voltairine de Cleyre

  37. "The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. "
    -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

  38. "I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night."
    -- Marie Corelli

  39. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."
    -- Marie Curie

  40. "Old age ain't no place for sissies."
    -- Bette Davis

  41. "Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old."
    -- Shelagh Delaney

  42. "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
    -- Emily Dickinson

  43. "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

  44. "Women want men, careers, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love, and three dollar pantyhose that won't run."
    -- Phyllis Diller

  45. "There is space within sisterhood for likeness and difference, for the subtle differences that challenge and delight; there is space for disappointment--and surprise. "
    -- Christine Downing

  46. "Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences. "
    -- Isadora Duncan

  47. "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."
    -- Irina Dunn

  48. "Adventure is worthwhile. "
    -- Amelia Earhart

  49. "If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?"
    -- Linda Ellerbee

  50. "There is a hidden fear that somehow, if they are only given a chance, women will suddenly do as they have been done by."
    -- Eva Figes

  51. "Instant gratification takes too long."
    -- Carrie Fisher

  52. "Behind every successful woman...... is a basket of dirty laundry."
    -- Sally Forth

  53. "Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."
    -- Jodie Foster

  54. "Women have broken through the glass ceiling, and they're now more and more in the power seats. "
    -- Aretha Franklin, Billboard, 9/03

  55. "When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman. "
    -- Betty Friedan

  56. "Nature provides exceptions to every rule."
    -- Margaret Fuller

  57. "I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house."
    -- Zsa Zsa Gabor

  58. "Normal is in the eye of the beholder."
    -- Whoopi Goldberg

  59. "Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open."
    -- Emma Goldman

  60. "The thing women must do to rise to power is to redefine their femininity. Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex. "
    -- Katharine Graham

  61. "If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them."
    -- Sue Grafton

  62. "What happened to the good old days of "Woman as passive recipient?" What happened to being courted? What happened to sitting back under a parasol and granting someone a chance to try to win us over? "
    -- Cathy Guisewite

  63. "Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."
    -- Adrienne Gusoff

  64. "Soon they'll be telling you you can't be Batman, Shakespeare, President, or God. Little fat baby, going on schoolgirl, you can be anyone, but it won't be easy."
    -- Marilyn Hacker

  65. "A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't."
    -- Rhonda Hansome

  66. "To be meek, patient, tactful, modest, honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly; it is to be humane."
    -- Jane Harrison

  67. "The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy."
    -- Helen Hayes (at 73)

  68. "The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubator and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no women is or can be qualified is sperm donor."
    -- Wilma Scott Heide

  69. "Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?"
    -- Lillian Hellman

  70. "I find a woman's point of view much grander and finer than a man's. "
    -- Katharine Hepburn

  71. "Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then."
    -- Katharine Hepburn

  72. "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
    -- Katharine Hepburn

  73. "If you are going to generalize about women, you'll find yourself up to here in exceptions."
    -- Dolores Hitchens

  74. "We haven't come a long way, we've come a short way. If we hadn't come a short way, no one would be calling us 'baby.'"
    -- Elizabeth Janeway

  75. "Had I been a man, I might have explored the Poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was, my spirit found outlet in the air."
    -- Amy Johnson

  76. "You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy."
    -- Erica Jong

  77. "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. "
    -- Janis Joplin

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