In yesterday’s post, I barely scratched the surface of what feminism is and isn’t. Yet, even so, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the “dirty F word”, “feminism,” needs to be considered more intently, and with a fresh set of eyes. Especially in the twenty-first century.

Below are some notable feminist statements. Do they match your own view of feminism in the twenty-first century? Do you think they represent how most people view feminism in the twenty-first century?

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”

“Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience; but, as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavour to keep women in the dark, because the former only want slaves, and the latter a play-thing.”

Mary Wollstonecraft

“But I ask no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy.”

 Sarah Moore Grimké (Also quoted by Ruth Bader Ginsberg)

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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

Gloria Steinem

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

Audre Lorde

“Feminism is for everybody.”

bell hooks

“The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

Emma Watson

“Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.”

Shonda Rhimes

“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

Hillary Clinton

“The whole of feminine history has been man-made. Just as in America there is no Negro problem, but rather a white problem; just as anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, it is our problem; so the woman problem has always been a man problem.”

“Her wings are cut and then she is blamed for not knowing how to fly.” 

“It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.” 

Simone de Beauvoir

“A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life.”

Virginia Woolf

“There is nothing wrong in calling yourself a feminist. So I am a feminist, and we all should be feminists because feminism is another word for equality.” 

Malala Yousafzai

I’m taking the above feminist statements into consideration as I complete this week’s writing prompt: Write A Short Piece About What ‘Feminism’ Is. What notable feminist statements or quotes have you come across this week? Be sure to share with us in a comment at the bottom of the page.

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