For 80 Years, Gloria Steinem’s Made It Great To Be A Girl

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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."

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  • Vicki

    My grandmother used to refer to Gloria as "THAT woman" in kind of a sour tone. It wasn't until I got older and started learning about her myself that I realized what an incredible woman she is and the cause that she fought for. Go Gloria and Happy Birthday!

  • Bike Pretty

    Thank you for this beautiful profile!
    ITG, just gets it, you know?

  • Elle m

    Wow..I just love this. I have to look her up !

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  • Tracy

    Thank you for this great story! What an incredible lady!

  • Minty

    Wow, ITG, what a lovely surprise! Thank you for being more than skin-deep beautiful!!

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    Thanks ITG!

  • Captive Louise

    Long live the Queen!

  • Isabella Yeager

    YES FTW!!! Proud to be a Smithie with this babe. Another happy moment was serving her fried chicken as her waitress at Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too on the UWS. She came in and waited to eat dinner with a person who eventually stood her up. Amazing!


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