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9 Quotes to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Girls just wanna have equal rights.


Know what today is? Yes, Wednesday. But more than just the workweek’s midway point, it’s the very day 95 years ago, when the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

As we look back on how far we’ve come in the Women’s Rights Movements, let the words of Rebecca West, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, and others inspire you.

Because though we’re only halfway to Friday’s happy hour, history reveals successes big and small that just might prove we’re at least more than halfway to complete equality. Here’s to the girls.



“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 (The Only Poet)



“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt (You Learn By Living)



“Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.” —Dorothy Allison (Skin)



“Women have always been an equal part of the past.” —Gloria Steinem (The Revolution from Within)



“There’s something contagious about demanding freedom.” —Robin Morgan (Anatomy of Freedom)



“I think being a woman is like being Irish … everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the time.” —Iris Murdoch (The Italian Girl)



“It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our life that we must draw our strength to live and our reason for acting.” —Simone de Beauvoir (The Ethics of Ambiguity)



“The root of oppression is the loss of memory.” —Paula Gunn Allen (The Sacred Hoop)



“You should have dreams, you should have visions. Never let anybody stop you.” —Ruth Gruber (Ahead of Time)


Published on 26 Aug 2015

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