Gloria Steinem, feminism’s most badass (and stylish) lady, turns 80 today. Mazel tov! To celebrate the founder of Ms. Magazine, here are 6 of her most inspiring quotes.
“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.’
“Women have two choices: Either she’s a feminist or a masochist.”
On Jewish women in the feminist fight: “For many years, the anti-feminist movement accused feminism of being a Jewish plot to destroy the Christian family.”
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
“A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
“You know the passage [in the Torah], ‘Wherever I shall go, you shall go?’ That was always how I knew it was a woman speaking to a woman — because of my mother.”
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
6 Gloria Steinem Quotes as She Turns 80