Gloria Steinem is a hell of a lady. The writer, speaker, all-around revolutionary (and former model!) turns 80 today, so in her honor, we collected some of her best bon mots. She's living proof that feminism can be warm, funny, humane, sexy, smart, and everything else a girl might strive to be. Thank you, Ms. Steinem—for the opportunities, for your articulation, and for those amazing aviators, too.
Gloria's words to live by:
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."
"A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after."
"Women have two choices: Either she’s a feminist or a masochist."
"A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space."
"We are the women our parents warned us against, and we are proud."
"Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it."
"We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters."
"Fear is a sign of growth because you're doing what you're not used to."
"Too often, women just don't ask. "
"People think being pretty or beautiful solves everything, which, of course, it doesn't. The hard part, for me—I must say the painful part—is I work really hard, and then the result is attributed to looks."
"The art of behaving effectively is behaving as if everything we do matters—because we can't know what will change the future."
"We are becoming the men we wanted to marry."
"One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the Earth."
"Having someone who looks like us but thinks like them is worse than having no one at all."