Feminist quotes are widely used on women’s right and liberty day. Feminism as an ideology is all about equality of sexes in day to day life.

Feminism started as a political and social movement. These movements are considered the main force behind societal changes for women right especially in western countries. Feminists have successfully campaigned for women’s right to vote, to earn equal pay, to hold public office, to receive education, to have maternity leave, etc. throughout centuries. Due to these efforts, women enjoy massive rights in today’s age.


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

“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”
Bette Davis

“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

“When God made man she was practicing.”
Rita Mae Brown, Cat on the Scent

“I’m not a humanitarian, I’m a hell-raiser.”
Mary Harris Jones

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

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

“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 – Feminist Quotes

“I want a Zero Tolerance policy on All The Patriarchal Bullshit.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?”
Mary Astell

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

“I hate men who are afraid of women’s strength.”
Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From “A Journal of Love”–The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”
Simone de Beauvoir

“By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.”
Virginia Woolf

“Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
Margaret Atwood

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ”
Roseanne Barr

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.”
George Carlin – Feminist Quotes

“Usually when you see females in movies, they feel like they have these metallic structures around them, they are caged by male energy.”
Bjork

“What is feminism? Simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be. Are you a feminist? Hahaha. Of course you are.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

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“No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor. ”
Betty Friedan

“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”
Martha Gellhorn, Selected Letters

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
Gloria Steinem – Feminist Quotes

“I waited to be told what was good about me. […] All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you- the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.”
Emma Cline, The Girls

“For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious–or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.”
Naomi Wolf

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“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”
Warsan Shire

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

“He – and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could or would ever fuck things up this badly.”
George Carlin

“It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible. What we need is for more birds to fly above it and shit all over it, so we can see it properly.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

“Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework.”
Françoise Sagan

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“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
Abigail Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
Christopher Hitchens

“He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.”
Pope Benedict XVI

“Many of my movies have strong female leads- brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.”
Hayao Miyazaki – Feminist Quotes

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“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him — or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“Individual heterosexual women came to the movement from relationships where men were cruel, unkind, violent, unfaithful. Many of these men were radical thinkers who participated in movements for social justice, speaking out on behalf of the workers, the poor, speaking out on behalf of racial justice. However when it came to the issue of gender they were as sexist as their conservative cohorts.”
Bell hooks

“Great minds may have cold hearts. Form but no color. It is an incompleteness. And so they are afraid of any woman who both thinks and feels deeply.”
Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife, or The Star-Gazer

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“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, or a prostitute.”
Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917

“My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

“Men should think twice before making widowhood women’s only path to power.”
Gloria Steinem – Feminist Quotes

“Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women’s liberation…none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.”
Barbara Ehrenreich

“A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

“This business of womanhood is a heavy burden.”
Tsitsi Dangarembga
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“It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself. The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question ‘who am I’ except the voice inside herself.”
Betty Friedan

“The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.”
Margaret Sanger

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
Audre Lorde

“I love being single. It’s almost like being rich.”
Sue Grafton – Feminist Quotes

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“Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.”
Saddam Hussein, The Revolution and Woman in Iraq

“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

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

“It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

“He cried when I left, which I find to be standard male behavior.”
Emilie Autumn

“I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.”
Dolly Parton – Feminist Quotes

“I don’t think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they’re black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That’s what we’re upset about.”
Toni Morrison

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“Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”
Gloria Steinem – Feminist Quotes

“I’m not a concept. Too many guys think I’m a concept or I complete them or I’m going to ‘make them alive’…but I’m just a fucked up girl who’s looking for my own peace of mind. Don’t assign me yours.”
Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script

“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.”
Gloria Steinem

“Capabilities are clearly manifested only when they have been realized.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“Chains of gold are still chains.”
Robert Thier, Storm and Silence

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“Woman’s degradation is in mans idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“A girl’s got to use what she’s given and I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does. So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress sexily on stage – what I do is so extreme. It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is sexy or just weird.”
Lady Gaga

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
Adrienne Rich

“The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth – Feminist Quotes

“When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America

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

“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.”
Stevie Nicks

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“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”
Jeanne d’Arc

“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

“There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics

“There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few.”
Bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

“A slut is someone, usually a woman, who’s stepped outside of the very narrow lane that good girls are supposed to stay within. Sluts are loud. We’re messy. We don’t behave. In fact, the original definition of “slut” meant “untidy woman.” But since we live in a world that relies on women to be tidy in all ways, to be quiet and obedient and agreeable and available (but never aggressive), those of us who color outside of the lines get called sluts. And that word is meant to keep us in line.”
Jaclyn Friedman – Feminist Quotes

“The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her “beauty.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

“When we consider that women are treated as property it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.”
Roman Payne, The Wanderess

“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”
Joss Whedon

“Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

“The word ‘sin’ is derived from the Indo-European root ‘es-,’ meaning ‘to be.’ When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a [person] trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, ‘to be’ in the fullest sense is ‘to sin’.”
Mary Daly – Feminist Quotes

“Man corrupt everything, say Shug. He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain’t. Whenever you trying to pray, and man plop himself on the other end of it, tell him to git lost, say Shug. Conjure up the flowers, wind, water, a big rock.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”
Marie Shear

“Only stupid men would want stupid wives!”
Robert Thier, Storm and Silence

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“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”
Dolly Parton

“You can tell whether some misogynistic societal pressure is being exerted on women by calmly enquiring, ‘And are the men doing this, as well?’ If they aren’t, chances are you’re dealing with what we strident feminists refer to as ‘some total fucking bullshit’.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

“No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“While falling in love is fun, it’s not everything, and it’s not the antidote to an unfulfilled life, despite what Reese Witherspoon movies may tell you.”
Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

“Male domination is so rooted in our collective unconscious that we no longer even see it.”
Pierre Bourdieu – Feminist Quotes

“The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women’s emancipation.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.”
Gloria Steinem

“If women want rights more than they got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.”
Sojourner Truth

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“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”
Charlotte Whitton

“Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.”
Louise Bernikow

“A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not.”
Simone Weil, Waiting for God

“The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own.”
Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”
Susan B. Anthony – Feminist Quotes

“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
Audre Lorde

“I think that men ought to treat women like something other than weaker men with breasts.”
Jim Butcher, Storm Front

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