The Best of Feminist Quotes to Get You Through the Day

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“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

Malala Yousafzai

Often we can find ourselves wondering why we bother. Can full equality ever be reached? Can it be reached in our times? Unlikely. So why bother? When coworkers ask us to define and redefine why we we still need feminism, why not call ourselves ‘equalitists’ if we want equality for ALL people? When we spend all of our emotional energy on simply fighting the patriarchy by walking out the door, and not giving ourselves the care that we ultimately need, it can feel like a fruitless fight. And yet... Progress is being made. Ireland Repealed the 8th, powerful men are finally being outed by the #metoo and #timesup movement. Progress will always be incremental, and whilst this fight may not be won in our lifetime, we will at least be able to say we contributed. So, here are a few quotes from our favourite fearless feminists to reignite your feminist fire:

‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’

Audre Lorde

 

‘As soon as a woman gets to an age where she has opinions & she’s vital & she’s strong, she’s systematically shamed into hiding under a rock.’

Sarah Silverman

 

 

‘I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femininity. And I want to be respected in all my femaleness. Because I deserve to be.’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

 

‘It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.’

Madeleine Albright

 

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‘I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.’

Maya Angelou

 

‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’

Michelle Obama

 

‘Women are leaders everywhere you look - from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.’

 Nancy Pelosi

 

‘For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious - or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy books to our own revolution.’

Naomi Wolf

 

‘I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading’

Amy Poehler

 

‘Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.’

Viola Davis

 

‘The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.’

Coco Chanel
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‘A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how many times they recover when they fall.’

Serena Williams

 

‘Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.’

Tina Fey

 

‘Knowing what must be done does away with fear.’

Rosa Parks

 

‘I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.’

Beyoncé

 

‘Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.’

Oprah

 

‘Don’t let anyone tell you you’re weak because you’re a woman.’

Mary Kom

 

‘I come in peace, but mean business.’

Janelle Monáe
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‘Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?’

Frida Kahlo

 

‘I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead she has leadership skills.’

Sheryl Sandberg

 

I hope after reading the above quotes, you have the energy to go out and be an active feminist today. But, if not, that is also okay. It’s a tough fight, sometimes you need to give yourself a break and remind yourself that you have to have the energy to fight if you are to get anywhere. Keep reminding yourself of the above women. They have/had their down days too. They were still fierce, and so are you.

 

Article by VERVE Operative Helena Burton - Jones