Gloria Steinem

(1934 / Toledo, Ohio)

Gloria Steinem Quotes

  • ''... the art of politics is to be ahead of your time—about six months will do it. Any more than that, and people forget you were there.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, and editor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 41 (October 1972). Steinem was thinking of Senator (and Democratic Presidential candidate) George McGovern's often-unacknowledged, early opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War.
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  • ''I will no longer be referred to as "Miss" Steinem of Ms. magazine.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, editor, and co-founder of Ms. magazine. As quoted in Newsweek, p. 13 (June 30, 1986). On the decision made by the New York Times in the previous week to allow the use of the title "Ms.," as well as "Mrs." and "Miss," to designate women. For more than a decade, many feminists had objected to the practice of routinely designating women by their marital status, while designating men by the neutral "Mr." The Times, conservative in adopting new linguistic usage, had refused to use "Ms.."
  • ''It was the first female-style revolution: no violence and we all went shopping.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, and editor. As quoted in Newsweek, p. 19 (December 18, 1989). On the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, which had occurred in the previous month. Within a year, East and West Berlin were officially rejoined.
  • ''Unless we include a job as part of every citizen's right to autonomy and personal fulfillment, women will continue to be vulnerable to someone else's idea of what "need" is.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. author, editor, and feminist. From "Why Women Work," published in Ms. magazine in March 1979. As quoted in The Decade of Women, by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons (1980).
  • ''The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day ... a movement is only people moving.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, and editor. As quoted in Time, p. 57 (March 9, 1992).
  • ''If you say, "I'm for equal pay," that's a reform. But if you say. "I'm a feminist," that's ... a transformation of society.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, and editor. As quoted in Time, p. 56 (March 9, 1992).
  • ''A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer. Attributed. Although the quote is generally attributed to Steinem, there is evidence that the words were current as a graffito in the 1970s, in the form, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle."
  • ''Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer, editor. adapted from articles in Ms (New York, Aug. 1977 and Nov. 1978). Erotica vs Pornography, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983).
  • ''Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer, editor. Ms (New York, July 1978 and July/Aug. 1982). Far From the Opposite Shore, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983).
  • ''Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.''
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer, editor. repr. In Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983). "In Praise Of Women's Bodies," Ms. (New York, April 1981).

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