It’s March 25 — that means Gloria Steinem is turning 85 today!👏 Gloria Steinem is a feminist and an activist who spoke up for women of the ’60s and ’70s through her journalistic endeavors at New York magazine and Ms. Magazine. In honor of her birthday, we rounded up our top 12 favorite quotes by the ultimate vina herself.
”A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
”Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
”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.”
“Women are always saying,”We can do anything that men can do.” But Men should be saying,”We can do anything that women can do.”
”Don’t think about making women fit the world—think about making the world fit women.”
”Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.”
”We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons … but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”
”Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.”
”Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.”
”For women…bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can’t possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.”
”Don’t worry about what you should do, worry about what you can do.”
”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. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.”
Happy Birthday, Ms. Steinem! We love you here at Hey! VINA!