Sometimes I think the only real division into two is between people who divide everything into two and those who don't.
Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
We are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.
If you find yourself drawn to an event against all logic, go. The universe is telling you something.
Also, one of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.
When humans are ranked instead of linked, everyone loses.
Decisions are best made by the people affected by them.
The error that we tend to make is that we think that women's magazines are what editors want and what their readers want - and thus are social indicators - when, in fact, they are what advertisers want. They're just advertising indicators.
Nothing changes the gender equation more significantly than women's economic freedom.
Mama grizzlies mate later than other bears. They have two cubs instead of four. They wait four years - about twice as long as other bears - between having cubs. And after they're pregnant, if winter is hard or their health is not good or the food supply is uncertain, they re-absorb the embryo into their body.
Obviously, there is much similarity among the challenges of transgender people and all women - from health care to harassment to discrimination in the workplace.
The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.
After feminism, I suddenly realised: not everyone has to live the same way. Imagine that!
I looked up affirmative action once in Wikipedia, and it said, 'A measure by which white men are discriminated against,' and I got so mad.
I hate to generalize, but in general, both men and women suffer from ageism. Men much less because men gain power as they get older. Women lose power as they get older. Men are seen as gaining experience and being distinguished. Sons look forward to replacing their fathers.
What I've learned is that unless it's an emergency, like a fire or brain surgery, hierarchy is not necessary and may be damaging. If you have a hierarchy, you're repeating the strengths and weaknesses of one person without allowing for the accumulative strength of a group.
Being misunderstood by people whose opinions you value is absolutely the most painful.
The problem for all women is we're identified by how we look instead of by our heads and our hearts.
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.
A gender-equal society would be one where the word 'gender' does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.
Movements are like rivers. Dipping into them is never the same twice.
Republicans may learn they can't appeal to right-wing patriarchs and most women at the same time.
Having one's traditional role questioned is not a very comfortable experience, perhaps especially for women, who have been able to remain children, and to benefit from work they did not and could not do.
Actually, I believe there are more independents than either Republicans or Democrats, and yet those are the... that is the choice we have on the party ballot.
To say 'radical feminist' is only a way of indicating that I believe the sexual caste system is a root of race and class and other divisions.
Anger is energising. The opposite of anger is depression, which is anger turned inward.
The most hurtful thing is not what comes from our adversaries, it's what comes from our friends.
You can see the absence of women in governing bodies from Congress to state legislators, on corporate boards, in tenured positions in academia, and as forepeople in factories.
There is nothing more fundamental than the idea that the government does not have a right to decide when and whether we have children.
Monotheism makes me grouchy. I don't trust any religion that makes God look like one of the ruling class. I guess I'm a pagan or an animist.
Age brings a freedom. When you're young, you're much more subject to the idea of what feminine is or how you should look or how you should behave.
When I'm talking to groups that are all men, we talk about how the masculine role limits them. They often want to talk about how they missed having real fathers, real loving, present fathers, because of the way that they tried to fit the picture of masculinity.
Whatever each individual woman is facing - only she knows her biggest challenge.
If I read the word 'problematize' one more time, I'm going to vomit.
In the suffragist and abolitionist era, there were a lot of white women and some black men and women who argued for the old hierarchy and against universal adult suffrage - often on religious grounds.
The electoral system is not where change starts - it usually starts in communities and from the bottom up - but it is where change can be stopped.
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.
The Miss America Pageant reinforces a belief that women are merely how they look and how they please.
I'm so happy that we're finally hearing the stories and voices of women who make America. We do what we see, not what we're told, so an incomplete story of this country damages everyone.