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We are the women our parents warned us against, and we are proud.
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The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
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America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
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If the shoe doesn't fit, must we change the foot?
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Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair 
for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us
for that. It's about baking a new pie.
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I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
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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?"
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I always wanted to be a writer. I got into activism just because it needed to be done.
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Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as
courageous as either one.
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Don't worry about what you should do, worry about what you can do.
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Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
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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.
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Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and
battered children are the practice.
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The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.
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I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of possibility, with no history to
guide them and a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond the
words to express it.
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Women are always saying, "We can do anything that men can do." But Men should be saying,
"We can do anything that women can do."
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Rich people plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.
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A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
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Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
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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.
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We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
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It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.
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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.
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The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people
moving.
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So whatever you want to do, just do it... making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely
essential.
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A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
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Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.
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