Anything can be used for or against the welfare of women - or the welfare of anyone - depending on who controls it.
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.
A gender-equal society would be one where the word 'gender' does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.
What's so valuable about HBO is they tell stories. We learn from stories.
Women tend to be conservative in youth and get more radical as they get older because they lose power with age. So if a young woman is not a feminist, I say, 'Just wait.'
Women don't want to exchange places with men. Male chauvinists, science-fiction writers and comedians may favor that idea for its shock value, but psychologists say it is a fantasy based on ruling-class ego and guilt.
Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.
Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.
What we need to be able to do is count all human experience. So I would like to count the secretarial positions as good training places to take over the jobs of the bosses.
These poor women in academia have to talk this silly language that nobody can understand in order to be accepted, they think.
Perfectionism attaches to what is valued in the culture.
I didn't go to school a full year until I was 11 or 12, so I lived in books. I really was an observer of life.
Even before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton threw their exploratory committees into the ring, every reporter seemed to be asking, 'Which candidate are Americans more ready for: a white woman or a black man?'
The surest way to be alone is to get married.
Part of the reason that women go to college is to get out of the food service, clerical, pink-collar ghetto and into a more white-collar job. That does not necessarily mean they are being paid more than the blue-collar jobs men have.
We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
There's no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better.
One's enemies are always talking about 'post-feminism.' It is a word invented by people who would like to do away with feminism.
In my own mind, I am still a fat brunette from Toledo, and I always will be.
What happens at 50, more or less, you lose what you need to create another person, to sustain another person; you keep what you need to sustain yourself. And there's something wonderful about that.
I will no longer be referred to as Miss Steinem of Ms. magazine.
I keep thinking: 'Georgia O'Keeffe wouldn't have had Botox.'
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.
Girls actually need superheroes much more than boys.
The Native American cultures on this continent, most of them, were matrilineal, and some women were the chiefs. Societies were about balance.
It's heartbreaking to watch people working against themselves.
This country can no longer afford to choose our leaders from a talent pool limited by sex, race, money, powerful fathers and paper degrees. It's time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers.
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 same way that racism is a white person's problem, violence against women is a men's problem.
Obviously, there is much similarity among the challenges of transgender people and all women - from health care to harassment to discrimination in the workplace.
I can say whatever it is that I feel.
Secretary of state is far superior to vice president, because it's involved in continuously solving problems and making policy and not being on standby.
We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.
The problem for all women is we're identified by how we look instead of by our heads and our hearts.
We're never going to have democratic countries or peaceful countries until we have democratic or peaceful families.
Women tend to need the healthcare system more because we bear children. Insurance companies - not all of them, but many of them - 'gender-rate.' Women may pay 40% more for their health insurance than men do.
The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together.
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.
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.
I think Hefner himself wants to go down in history as a person of sophistication and glamour. But the last person I would want to go down in history as is Hugh Hefner.
I was never against marriage per se. Before feminism, I didn't think you had any choice. In fact, for a long time I always assumed I would get married. I just didn't see any marriages I wanted to emulate, so I kept putting it off.
Children are short people. Some you like, some you don't.
Pearl Jam doesn't just sing about issues they care about. These guys walk it like they talk it.
When I had a fellowship at the Smithsonian, I asked for a couch in the office because I liked to lie down and take a break.
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.
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
Men may feel just disempowered by intimacy, by being close to a woman, and also by feeling the tender feelings that they're ashamed of.
Women are liked better when they lose.
Men should think twice before making widow hood woman's only path to power.
There is nothing more fundamental than the idea that the government does not have a right to decide when and whether we have children.