„To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.“
„The great fact underlying the claim for universal suffrage is that every man is himself and belongs to himself, and represents his own individuality, not only in form and features, but in thought and feeling. And the same is true of woman. She is herself, and can be nobody else than herself. Her selfhood is as perfect and as absolute as is the selfhood of man.“
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
1880s, Speech at the New England Woman Suffrage Association (May 24, 1886) Nicholas Buccola, edit., The Essential Douglass: Selected Writings & Speeches, Hackett Publishing Company, 2016, p. 307. Sometimes referred to as his “Who and What is Woman?” speech
„I do feel this: that it is better to be rash than timid, for Fortune is a woman, and the man who wants to hold her down must beat and bully her.“
— Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527
The Prince (1513), Context: I conclude, then, that so long as Fortune varies and men stand still, they will prosper while they suit the times, and fail when they do not. But I do feel this: that it is better to be rash than timid, for Fortune is a woman, and the man who wants to hold her down must beat and bully her. We see that she yields more often to men of this stripe than to those who come coldly toward her. Ch. 25 (as translated by RM Adams)
„The mother can feel herself the center of attention, for her child's eyes follow her everywhere. A child cannot run away from her as her own mother once did.“
— Alice Miller Swiss psychologist 1923 - 2010
The Drama of the Gifted Child (Das Drama des begabten Kindes, 1979)
— Stefan Zweig Austrian writer 1881 - 1942
Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman (1927)
„I always believed that the time inevitably must come when woman will be judged by the same moral standards applied to man. For it is not her specific virtue that gives her a place of honor in human society, but the worth of the useful mission accomplished by her, the worth of her personality as human being, as citizen, as thinker, as fighter.“
— Alexandra Kollontai Soviet diplomat 1872 - 1952
The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman (1926), Context: By looking back while prying, simultaneously, into the future, I will also be presenting to myself the most crucial turning points of my being and accomplishments. In this way I may succeed in setting into bold relief that which concerns the women's liberation struggle and, further, the social significance which it has. That I ought not to shape my life according to the given model, that I would have to grow beyond myself in order to be able to discern my life's true line of vision was an awareness that was mine already in my youngest years. At the same time I was also aware that in this way I could help my sisters to shape their lives, in accordance not with the given traditions but with their own free choice to the extent, of course, that social and economic circumstances permit. I always believed that the time inevitably must come when woman will be judged by the same moral standards applied to man. For it is not her specific virtue that gives her a place of honor in human society, but the worth of the useful mission accomplished by her, the worth of her personality as human being, as citizen, as thinker, as fighter. Subconsciously this motive was the leading force of my whole life and activity. To go my way, to work, to struggle, to create side by side with men, and to strive for the attainment of a universal human goal (for nearly thirty years, indeed, I have belonged to the Communists) but, at the same time, to shape my personal, intimate life as a woman according to my own will and according to the given laws of my nature. It was this that conditioned my line of vision.
„Options allow a woman to tailor her role to her personality, but if a man expects to provide well, he expects to wear a suit, not to wear what suits him.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part II: The Glass Cellars of the disposable sex, p. 183.
„Thus far woman has struggled through life with bandaged eyes, accepting the dogma of her weakness and inability to take care of herself not only physically but intellectually. She has held out a trembling hand and received gratefully the proffered aid. She has foregone her right to study, to know the laws and purposes of government to which she is subject. But there is now awakened in her a consciousness that she is defrauded of her legitimate Rights and that she never can fulfill her mission until she is placed in that position to which she feels herself called by the divinity within. Hitherto she has surrendered her person and her individuality to man, but she can no longer do this and not feel that she is outraging her nature and her God.“
— Sarah Grimké American abolitionist 1792 - 1873
The Female Experience (1977), Written in 1857, as quoted in ch. 87.
„The working-class woman shows me much more than the ladies who are totally limited by conventional behavior. The working-class woman shows me her hands, her feet, and her hair. She lets me see the shape and form of her body through her clothes. She presents herself and the expression of her feelings openly, without disguises.“
— Käthe Kollwitz German artist 1867 - 1945
Other Quotes, Quoted in Käthe Kollwitz: Woman and Artist (1976) by Martha Kearns The Feminist Press, ISBN 0-912-67015-0, p. 82.
„Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work… a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.“
— Barbra Streisand American singer, actress, writer, film producer, and director 1942
„Feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet… Putting her in a wheel barrow and wheeling her down the street.“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Song lyrics, Things Have Changed (recorded 1999)
„She was already putting her distance between herself and this woman she would kill. She was becoming an object, something she was going to do something unpleasant to; not a person with a right to live.“
— John Varley American science fiction author 1947
"Equinoctial" (1977), The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels, p. 84