America’s Feminist Icon, Gloria Steinem Lives by These Rules

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If you are a woman who believes in rights, it’s likely you have been inspired by Gloria Steinem’s commentary on feminism at some point or the other. Possibly America’s most famous feminist icon, Steinem’s words show women the mirror, sometimes in more ways than one. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2019, she received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. She is the subject of Julie Taymor’s recent biopic, The Glorias, released earlier in 2020. Gloria Steinem has an Indian connection too. She spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship and during that period she wrote for Indian publications, and was influenced by Gandhi. Packed with guts, glory and inspiration, here’s a look at rules that Gloria Steinem lives by.

  • Women have two choices: Either she’s a feminist or a masochist.
  • We are the women our parents warned us against, and we are proud.
  • A feminist is anyone who recognises the equality and full humanity of women and men.
  • Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect.
  • We are becoming the men we wanted to marry
  • A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
  • I myself cried when I got angry, then became unable to explain why I was angry in the first place. Later I would discover this was endemic among female human beings. Anger is supposed to be “unfeminine” so we suppress it -until it overflows.
  • 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.”
  • Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.