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"When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars."
Edward W. Howe
Gloria Steinem Quotes
A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
Gloria Steinem

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
Gloria Steinem

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

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Gloria Steinem

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
Gloria Steinem

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.
Gloria Steinem

At my graduation, I thought we had to marry what we wished to become. Now you are becoming the men you once would have wished to marry.
Gloria Steinem

Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.
Gloria Steinem

For much of the female half of the world, food is the first signal of our inferiority. It lets us know that our own families may consider female bodies to be less deserving, less needy, less valuable.
Gloria Steinem

For the reader who has put away comic books, but isn't yet ready for editorials in the Daily News.
Gloria Steinem

From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence - and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified.
Gloria Steinem

Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described - and will be, after our deaths - by each of the family members who believe they know us.
Gloria Steinem

Hope is a very unruly emotion.
Gloria Steinem

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
Gloria Steinem

I'd like to be played as a child by Natalie Wood. I'd have some romantic scenes as Audrey Hepburn and have gritty black-and-white scenes as Patricia Neal.
Gloria Steinem

I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.
Gloria Steinem

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?
Gloria Steinem

It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.
Gloria Steinem

It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
Gloria Steinem

Law and justice are not always the same.
Gloria Steinem

Logic is in the eye of the logician.
Gloria Steinem

Men should think twice before making widow hood woman's only path to power.
Gloria Steinem

Most women are one man away from welfare.
Gloria Steinem

Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.
Gloria Steinem

No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the office.
Gloria Steinem

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
Gloria Steinem

She has become the Julia Child of sex.
Gloria Steinem

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Gloria Steinem

Someone asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true and incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.
Gloria Steinem

The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
Gloria Steinem

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
Gloria Steinem

The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.
Gloria Steinem

The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.
Gloria Steinem

The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.
Gloria Steinem

There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.
Gloria Steinem

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
Gloria Steinem

We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.
Gloria Steinem

We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.
Gloria Steinem

We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.
Gloria Steinem

What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married.
Gloria Steinem

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
Gloria Steinem

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