Empowering Quotes From Strong Women August 17, 2018 09:00

What terrifies me about all things feminist (and in fact any social and personal issues as well) is that we don't know what we don't know.

It seems obvious, but think again.

We don't know what we don't know.

We are so used to a specific status quo. We are so used to things being a certain way that we cannot imagine it any other way. Like a fish being unaware of the water, how can we conceive a different and better way of living?

I recently watched a talk by Paula Stone Williams, a transgender woman who lived as a man for most of her life. The tiny differences in treatment that she highlights in her talk are really quite fascinating. How she instinctively started doubting herself and her intelligence is something that started making me very aware of how I made myself smaller to fit into a box that was considered more appropriate for a woman.

Rehabilitation from a certain way of thinking is a long process that requires tremendous amounts of patience and a lot of helping hands. 

Here are a few quotes from remarkable women to get you thinking.

"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

 

"You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'"

—Erin McKean

 

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

—Audre Lorde

 

"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 boots to our own revolution."

“A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.” 

-Naomi Wolf

 

"A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, 'For a man, you're kind of ignorant.'"

—Anne Hathaway

 

"It's not about the dress you wear. It's about the life you lead in the dress."

—Diana Vreeland

 

"It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and your real estate."

—Amy Poehler

 

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

—Sheryl Sandberg

 

Do you have any other strong women you follow? I'd love to hear about them.

 

 

Image sources:

https://girltalkhq.com/a-feminist-perspective-on-why-more-men-need-to-join-the-fight-for-gender-equality/

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https://blog.ted.com/the-top-10-words-of-ted2014-according-to-erin-mckean/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wIuwR4fv18

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https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/7/26/17616966/nia-wilson-murder-anne-hathaway

https://nationalpost.com/entertainment/review-the-bazaar-wonderful-life-of-diana-vreeland-in-the-eye-has-to-travel

http://www.bdcwire.com/amy-poehler-is-shameless-in-the-most-inspiring-way-possible/

https://www.sxsw.com/news/2017/sheryl-sandberg-joins-convention-keynote-lineup/