Y’all. I love quotes. I’ve done like, four or five quotes posts for Book Riot in the last year. Words have so much power. When they are strung together to say something beautiful and/or important in a little bite sized piece, I collect it and store it away. One might say I can be a little obsessive about it. But words are so important! When you can boil something down to a quote, it becomes even more powerful. Today I’ve gathered up ten of my favourite feminist quotes for y’all from some badass ladies.
I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.
—Virginia Woolf, The Pargiters
Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into being. Focused with precision it can become a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.
I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
You’re not too fat. You’re not too loud. You’re not too smart. You’re not unladylike. There is nothing wrong with you.
—Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism
The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
You cannot easily fit women into a structure that is already coded as male; you have to change the structure.
—Mary Beard, Women & Power: A Manifesto
She was scared, but she did it. That’s all being strong is, apparently: being scared, or flawed, or weak, or capable (under the right circumstances) of astonishing acts of stupidity. And then going out and doing it all anyway. Trying, every morning, to be the woman you want to be, regardless of how often you manage to fall short of your own high expectations.
—Sady Doyle, Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… And Why
For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious—or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.
To be shrill is to reach above your station; to abandon your duty to soothe and please; in short, to be heard.
—Lindy West, Shrill
You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect. You should expect it.
—Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon
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Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.