80+ Best Feminist Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational feminist quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Most Famous Feminist Quotes

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” – Brigham Young 

“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 b*tch or a dyk*, it means you believe in equality.” – Kate Nash

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” – Shirley Chisholm

“We need to encourage girls that their voice matters. I think there are hundreds and thousands of Malalas out there.” – Malala Yousafzai

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher 

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” ― Jane Austen, Persuasion  

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. – Faith Whittlesey

“Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we’ve rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.” – Gloria Steinem 

“Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.” – Andrea Dworkin

I wish someone would have told me that, just because I’m a girl, I don’t have to get married. – Marlo Thomas

Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their opressors. – Evelyn Cunningham

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.” – Emma Watson 

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou 

“My coach said I run like a girl. And I said if he ran a little faster he could too.” – Mia Hamm

Man endures pain as an undeserved punishment; woman accepts it as a natural heritage. – Author Unknown

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. – Timothy Leary

“[Unlikeable women] accept the consequences of their choices, and those consequences become stories worth reading.” – Roxane Gay 

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine Albright 

“My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.” – Ani DiFranco 

I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b*tch, okay. – Madonna Ciccone

“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut. We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.” – Michelle Obama 

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

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b*tch, okay.” – Madonna

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

When I see the elaborate study and ingenuity displayed by women in the pursuit of trifles, I feel no doubt of their capacity for the most herculean undertakings. – Julia Ward Howe

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men. – Joseph Conrad

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femininity. And I want to be respected in all my femaleness. Because I deserve to be.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright 

“Feminism is not just about women; it’s about letting all people lead fuller lives.” – Jane Fonda

No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself. – Rabbi Sofer

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a mas*ch*st. – Sally Kempton, attributed

“Feminism isn’t a cloak that I put on in the morning and take off at certain times. It’s who I am. I look at the world through eyes that are very alert to gender injustice, and I always will.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

“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 distinguish me from a doormat.” – Rebecca West 

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. – Marlo Thomas

“There’s just as many different kinds of feminism as there are women in the world.” – Kathleen Hanna

“Feminism is not dead, by no means. It has evolved. If you don’t like the term, change it for Goddess’ sake. Call it Aphrodite, or Venus, or bimbo, or whatever you want; the name doesn’t matter, as long as we understand what it is about, and we support it.” – Isabel Allende 

“More than ever, I am aware of the need to support and celebrate each other. I like to believe I am part of a global support group network of 3.4 billion. Imagine: if you can fall back on the 3.5 billion sisters, and the many good men who are with us, what could we possibly not achieve?” – Nicole Kidman

“They tried to bury us; they did not know we were the seeds.” – Mexican Proverb

“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf 

I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves. – Mary Wollstonecraft

There are very few jobs that actually require a p*n*s or v*gin*. All other jobs should be open to everybody. – Florynce Kennedy

The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. – Bella Abzug

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” ― Irina Dunn 

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson 

“Feminisim’s agenda is basic: it asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.” – Susan Faludi 

Most women are one man away from welfare. – Gloria Steinem

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tunafish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock. – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“I want women’s rights to be equally honored, and uplifted, and heard…but I want to see us fighting the fight for all women – women of color, our LGBTQ sisters, our Muslim sisters. I want to see millions of us marching out there for our rights, and I want to see us out there marching for the rights of women like Dajerria Becton, who was body slammed by a cop while she was in her swimsuit for simply existing as a young, vocal, black girl. I think we are inching closer and closer there, and for that, I am very proud.” – Solange Knowles 

“There’s a strong chance the next Bill Gates isn’t going to look anything like the last one. So I’m interested in finding solutions that will help ensure we recognize her when we see her.” – Melinda Gates

Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. – Susan B. Anthony

A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring. – Jane Fonda

How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete? – Author Unknown

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Bronte

“I believe the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st Century.” – Hillary Clinton

“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

“Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a v*gin*. Those things can take a pounding.” ― Sheng Wang 

Men will often admit other women are oppressed but not you. – Sheila Rowbotham

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” ― Cheris Kramarae 

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

“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’” – Erin McKean 

“I am not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” – Iggy Pop 

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. – Margaret Mead

Women’s chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy. – Estelle R. Ramey

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Our Girls”

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. – Unknown 

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

“We need everyone to be a feminist. Feminism is the fight for the equality of sexes, not for the domination of one sex over another.” – Najat Vallaud-Belkacem 

To me, “sexual freedom” means freedom from having to have sex. – Lily Tomlin

No one should have to dance backward all of their lives. – Jill Ruckelshaus

When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn’t she behave like a nice man? – Edith Evans

“No woman gets an org*sm from shining the kitchen floor.” – Betty Friedan 

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou 

“Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde 

I think, therefore I’m single. – Lizz Winstead

I can’t be a rose in any man’s lapel. – Margaret Trudeau

“One isn’t born courageous, one becomes it.” – Marjane Satrapi

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

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.” – Michelle Obama 

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” – Clare Boothe Luce

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