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Quotations for Women's History Month

  1. "Who ever thought up the word "Mammogram"? Every time I hear it, I think I'm supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone."
    -- Jan King

  2. "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends."
    -- Laurie Kuslansky

  3. "Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart."
    -- Caryn Leschen

  4. "Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself."
    -- Doris Lessing

  5. "I believe that what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly. "
    -- Ann Morrow Lindbergh

  6. "When will it no longer be necessary to attach special weight to the word "woman" and raise it specially?"
    -- Ding Ling

  7. "I'm all for women myself. I believe they're the comin' man."
    -- Julie M. Lippmann

  8. "If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
    -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

  9. "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive."
    -- Audre Lorde

  10. "Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'"
    -- Clare Boothe Luce

  11. "Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them."
    -- Marya Mannes

  12. "A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform. A woman knows that nothing can come to fruition without light. Let us call upon woman's voice and woman's heart to guide us in this age of planetary transformation. "
    -- Diane Mariechild

  13. "Mother, can't you see I've got to live my life the way I feel is right for me, might not be right for you, but it's right for me."
    -- Sarah McLachlan, "Elsewhere"

  14. "I never know how much of what I say is true."
    -- Bette Midler

  15. "There's a little bit of hooker in every woman. A little bit of hooker and a little bit of God."
    -- Sarah Miles

  16. "Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."
    -- Angela Monet

  17. "Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human."
    -- Robin Morgan

  18. "I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it."
    -- Alanis Morissette

  19. "We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect."
    -- Alanis Morissette, "Perfect"

  20. "If you have not the experience, ask. There is no shame in asking, but do not pretend you know when you don't. "
    -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

  21. "I think being a woman is like being Irish…Everyone says you're important and nice but you take second place all the same."
    -- Iris Murdoch

  22. "Women have to be the biggest champions in the world of other women's choices. "
    -- Dee Dee Myers

  23. "You know, I think I could have the cure to AIDS or cancer in my head, but that brain cell is filled instead with old dialogue from the Brady Bunch."
    -- Mary Newton

  24. "Don't tolerate me as different. Accept me as part of the spectrum of normalcy."
    -- Ann Northrop

  25. "Behind every successful woman...is a substantial amount of coffee."
    -- Stephanie Piro

  26. "Any woman who has a career and a family automatically develops something in the way of two personalities, like two sides of a dollar bill, each different in design…Her problem is to keep one from draining the life from the other."
    -- Ivy Baker Priest

  27. "I feel there is something unexplored about a woman that only a woman can explore. "
    -- Georgia O'Keeffe

  28. "I am a woman above everything else. "
    -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  29. "I have a woman inside my soul. "
    -- Yoko Ono

  30. "Somewhere in Egypt I'm worth 4 camels A strong healthy girl like me On 42nd Street it's a quarter to look But the women outside are free"
    -- Joan Osborne, "4 Camels"

  31. "Behind every successful man is a surprised woman."
    -- Maryon Pearson

  32. "It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of mankind. "
    -- Queen Elizabeth II

  33. "I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch."
    -- Gilda Radner

  34. "I am a woman, hear me roar / In numbers too big to ignore, / And I know too much / To go back and pretend."
    -- Helen Reddy

  35. "Life on the planet is born of woman. "
    -- Adrienne Rich

  36. "I'd rather taste blood, yours, or mine, flowing from a sudden slash, than cut all day with blunt scissors on dotted lines like the teacher told."
    -- Adrienne Rich, "On Edges"

  37. "There is not one female comedian who was beautiful as a little girl."
    -- Joan Rivers

  38. "I think that business practices would improve immeasurably if they were guided by "feminine" pinciples, qualities like love, care, and intuition. "
    -- Anita Roddick

  39. "Women want to be free to choose from the same range of options that men take for granted. In our quest for equal pay, equal access to education and opportunities, we have made great strides. But until women can move freely and think freely in their homes, on the streets, in the workplace without the fear of violence, there can be no real freedom."
    -- Anita Roddick

  40. "Women are like tea bags; put them in hot water and they get stronger. "
    -- Eleanor Roosevelt

  41. "Campaign behavior for wives. Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president."
    -- Eleanor Roosevelt

  42. "I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on."
    -- Roseanne

  43. "It occurred to me when I was thirteen and wearing white gloves and Mary Janes and going to dancing school, that no one should have to dance backward all their lives."
    -- Jill Ruckelshaus

  44. "I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours."
    -- Rita Rudner

  45. "Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
    -- Margaret Sanger

  46. "have a brain and a uterus, and I use both."
    -- Patricia Schroeder

  47. "The phrase "working mother" is redundant."
    -- Jane Sellman

  48. "A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car."
    -- Carrie Snow

  49. "Feminism is not a doctrine that seeks to confine us but rather a quest we continually define."
    -- Caroline Soriosis

  50. "God made man, and then he said 'I can do better than that' and made women. "
    -- Adela Rogers St. Johns

  51. "Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government. "
    -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  52. "Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers. "
    -- Gertrude Stein

  53. "But the problem is that when I go around and speak on campuses, I still don't get young men standing up and saying, 'How can I combine career and family?'"
    -- Gertrude Stein

  54. "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."
    -- Gloria Steinem

  55. "I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career."
    -- Gloria Steinem

  56. "If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?"
    -- Gloria Steinem

  57. "Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry."
    -- Gloria Steinem

  58. "Women are the architects of society. "
    -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  59. "So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?"
    -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  60. "My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said 'Just wait.'"
    -- Judy Tenuta

  61. "Once a woman is made man’s equal, she becomes his superior. "
    -- Margaret Thatcher

  62. "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman."
    -- Margaret Thatcher

  63. "A little more matriarchy is what the world needs, and I know it. Period. Paragraph."
    -- Dorothy Thompson

  64. "And ar'n't I a woman?"
    -- Sojourner Truth

  65. " Well-behaved women rarely make history."
    -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  66. "Some leaders are born women."
    -- Unknown

  67. "I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success. "
    -- Gloria Vanderbilt

  68. "Womanist is to feminist as purple to lavender."
    -- Alice Walker

  69. "When women go wrong, men go right after them."
    -- Mae West

  70. "Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often."
    -- Mae West

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  71. "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

  72. "Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels."
    -- Faith Whittlesey

  73. "Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. "
    -- Charlotte Whitton

  74. "Society, while willing to make room for women, is not willing to make changes for them."
    -- Shirley Williams

  75. "I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. "
    -- Oprah Winfrey

  76. "I think, therefore I'm single."
    -- Liz Winstead

  77. "Any measurement must take into account the position of the observer. There is no such thing as measurement absolute, there is only measurement relative."
    -- Jeanette Winterson

  78. "I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves."
    -- Mary Wollstonecraft

  79. "Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
    -- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  80. "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman my country is the world."
    -- Virginia Woolf

  81. "The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself."
    -- Virginia Woolf

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