Quotes by Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist and journalist and a spokeswoman for women's rights. She is the founder and original publisher of Ms. magazine.

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A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.
Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.
For women... bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can't possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.
We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.
Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.
Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
Men should think twice before making widow hood woman's only path to power.
No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the office.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.
For much of the female half of the world, food is the first signal of our inferiority. It lets us know that our own families may consider female bodies to be less deserving, less needy, less valuable.
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described --and will be, after our deaths --by each of the family members who believe they know us.
The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.
The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.
Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.
Until we end the masculinization of wealth, we will not end the feminization of poverty.
If men started taking care of children, the job will become more valuable.
Menopause would be celebrated as a positive event, the symbol that men had accumulated enough years of cyclical wisdom to need no more.
Fifty was the end of this long familiar plateau that you enter at 13--you know, the country of the female stereotype. And when I got to 50, which is the edge of this territory--indeed the edge used to be 35, 40, we've pushed it to 50--then it was like falling off a cliff. There was no map. Now it's true that I had been fighting with the map. But you're enmeshed in it either way, whether you're obeying it or fighting with it.
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?
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
The definition of women’s work is shitwork.
Rich people plan for four generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.