Gloria Steinem Quotes

Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.

We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.

The purpose of feminism is to free the uniqueness of the individual and to understand that inside each of us is a unique human being who is a combination of heredity and environment.

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

The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us

At my age, in this still hierarchical time, people often ask me if I’m “passing the torch.” I explain that I’m keeping my torch, thank you very much-and I’m using it to light the torches of others.


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

Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” it helps other people do the same.

You are the leader you’ve been waiting for.

Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer.

We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.

When I’m talking to people, I find myself quoting the three organizing rules of Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter was initiated by three young women, and too few people know that. But, anyway, the first one is lead with love. The second is low ego, high impact. The third is move with the speed of trust. I must say those make me feel very hopeful for the future.

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

Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.

The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

imagining anything is the first step toward creating it. Believing in a true self is what allows a true self to be born.

In order to make a choice, you need the power to see there is one.

A good friendship is a conversation that never ends.

The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn’t exist in every culture.

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.

No one can give us power. If we aren’t part of the process of taking it, we won’t be strong enough to use it.

The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.

But somewhere within each of us, buried at varying depths depending on the age and degree of neglect or abuse, shame or coercion we endured, there is a resistant, daydreaming, rebellious, creative, unique child — a true self who is waiting.

Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie.