Feminist Sayings and Quotes

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

Women have to harness their power – it's absolutely true. It's just learning not to take the first no. And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner.     


The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.     

Malala Yousafzai

Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.     

Rush Limbaugh

I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story – I will.     

Amy Schumer

There's just as many different kinds of feminism as there are women in the world.     

Kathleen Hanna

Until women learn to want economic independence, and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no roots     

Crystal Eastman

It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it.     

Claudette Colbert

I am a woman and when I think, I must speak.     


It's not about women acting like men. It's about women acting like women and being successful.     

Zooey Deschanel

She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.     

Naomi Wolf

Women are always at the front of revolutions.     

Buthayna Kamel

If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed….     

Charlotte Bronte

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.     

Diane Mariechild

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.     

Susan B Anthony

A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.     

Simone Weil

Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength.     

G.D Anderson

The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits.     

Adrienne Rich

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.     

Gloria Steinem

You must understand: they fear you.There is nothing scarier in their minds than a girl who knows the power of her flames.     

Nikita Gill

A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.     

Coco Chanel

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.     

Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler

The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.     

Adrienne Rich

It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.     

Warsan Shire

Life on the planet is born of woman.     

Adrienne Rich

Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.     

Gloria Steinem

A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.     

Melinda Gates

The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.     

Naomi Wolf

Feminism directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people has the right to impose definitions of reality on others.     

Liz Stanley and Sue Wise

In the end there is nothing more unattractive to men than radical feminism.     

Helen Fielding

People have accepted the media's idea of what feminism is, but that doesn't mean that it's right or true or real. Feminism is not monolithic. Within feminism, there is an array of opinions.     

Judy Chicago