Gloria Steinem Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gloria steinem quotes, gloria steinem sayings, and gloria steinem proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.     

Gloria Steinem

The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together.     

Gloria Steinem

Pop culture shapes our ideas of what is normal and what our dreams can be and what our roles are. Politics, of course, decides how the power and the money in the country is distributed. Both are equally important, and each affects the other.     

Gloria Steinem

Labeling makes the invisible visible, but it's limiting. Categories are the enemy of connecting. Link, don't rank.     

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No wonder male religious leaders so often say that humans were born in sin—because we were born to female creatures. Only by obeying the rules of the patriarchy can we be reborn through men. No wonder priests and ministers in skirts sprinkle imitation birth fluid over our heads, give us new names, and promise rebirth into everlasting life.     

Gloria Steinem

Patriarchy creates megapatterns that affect us all--even as we forge different individual choices within them--just as do the megapatterns of nationalism or racism.     

Gloria Steinem

We are still in various kinds of patriarchal systems. The very definition of patriarchy is that men control women as the means of reproduction, so the idea that a woman's main role is to have children often means society wants more workers, more soldiers. The idea that how many children we have should be controlled by the family, the church, the nation - by anyone but women themselves - is still very deep and very strong.     

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More than poverty, more than degree of education, religion, access to natural resources, even degree of democracy - violence against females is the biggest indicator of whether a country will be violent in itself or be willing to use military violence against another country.     

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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     

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

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Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.     

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Elephants are so wise and so funny and so endangered and so intelligent. I just think there is a lot to learn from them.     

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Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.     

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Obviously there is no such thing as race, and in many ways, sex is a continuum, not a binary. So it doesn't make sense to label people in that way.     

Gloria Steinem