22 Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think About Feminism

Sometimes you just need a late night computer binge session to get inspiration pumping and your creative juices flowing. We believe it’s the deep corners of the internet that bring ultimate perspective. So when we stumbled upon a few powerhouse feminist quotes, we knew we needed to share with the rest of the world. Below our 22 favorite quotes on feminism, perfectly picked out for even the biggest #girlpower naysayer.

1. “You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.” – Jane Galvin Lewis

2. “Last time I checked, how much sex a girl has doesn’t justify a label slapped on her like a soup can.” – Meggie Royer

3. “As soon as a woman gets to an age where she has opinions and she’s vital and she’s strong, she’s systematically shamed into hiding under a rock.” -Sarah Silverman

4. “I call myself a feminist when people ask me if I am, and of course I am ’cause it’s about equality, so I hope everyone is. You know you’re working in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation.” – Ellen Page

5. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” – Amy Poehler

6. “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?'” – Mindy Kaling

7. “In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she’s a feminist or a masochist.” – Gloria Steinem

8. “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

9. “Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

10. “A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself.” – Lena Dunham

11. “It’s not about women acting like men. It’s about women acting like women and being successful.” – Zooey Deschanel

12. “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” – Maya Angelou

13. “A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, ‘for a man you’re kind of ignorant.'” – Anne Hathaway

14. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis

15. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” – Rebecca West

16. “Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a ‘bitch’ or ‘dyke’, it means you believe in equality.” – Kate Nash

17. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” – Cheris Kramerae

18. “At one point, ‘feminist’ became a pejorative term. How did that happen? If you’re a feminist, you’re basically saying you’re a humanist.” – Julianne Moore

19. “In the end there is nothing more unattractive to men than radical feminism.” – Helen Fielding

20. “I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schumer

21. “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.” – Gloria Steinem

22. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyonce

Megan Prendergast

Editorial Contributor, University of Texas at Austin Major: English/PR Her heart belongs to: her family, friends, chocolate and avocados. Her guilty pleasures: Lofthouse Sugar Cookies and The Bachelorette.

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