Best Quotes About Feminist

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation… none was more alarming, from a feminist point of view, than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men. -Barbara Ehrenreich

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. -Rebecca West

Does being a feminist mean that I believe that I'm as good as any man? Yes. -Yasmine Bleeth

I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. -Rebecca West

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. -Rebecca West

As a result of the feminist revolution, 'feminine' becomes an abusive epithet. -Wyndham Lewis

Men have defined the parameters of every subject. All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name. -Andrea Dworkin

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect. -June Jordan

I'm a woman who was raised to believe that you are not complete unless you have a man. Well, in some ways it's true. I am a feminist to a point. But I'm not going to deny the fact that I love to be with men. -Goldie Hawn

I like women who look like women. I hated grunge. No one's more feminist than me, but you don't have to look as if you don't give a – you know. You can be smart, bright, and attractive aesthetically to others – and to yourself. -Catherine Zeta-Jones

I work toward the liberation of women, but I'm not feminist. I'm just a woman. -Buchi Emecheta

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist. -Judith Butler

First and foremost, I'm a feminist. And basically that stems from a strong belief that all people and creatures deserve equal opportunity, rights and respect. -Kathy Najimy

I've never been drawn to the feminist movement. I was brought up to believe that men had little to do with the home or children – except to bring in the money. -Beryl Bainbridge

Who laughs less than feminists? -Tucker Carlson

To be a feminist, you could cut your hair really short. You have to be really angry about something. -Tucker Carlson

This is a feminist bookstore. There is no humor section. -John Callahan

It's just so hard sometimes to work out where people stand on these things. I mean, isn't the Pope a feminist? -Elizabeth Joan Smith

Gone are the days when reality fed the feminist movement. -Tammy Bruce

One of the biggest problems with the modern feminist movement is its failure to bring men along with us. -Tammy Bruce

Putting women in military combat is the cutting edge of the feminist goal to force us into an androgynous society. -Phyllis Schlafly

Every country that has experimented with women in actual combat has abandoned the idea, and the notion that Israel uses women in combat is a feminist myth. -Phyllis Schlafly

Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be. -Phyllis Schlafly

I still consider myself a feminist. -Suzanne Vega

To me, a feminist belongs in the same category as a humanist or an advocate for human rights. I don't see why someone who's a feminist should be thought of differently. -Suzanne Vega

Looking back Little Lulu was an early feminist, but at the time I just thought she was a really feisty developed comic strip character. -Bill Griffith

I am a humanist not a feminist. There's a big difference. -Lydia Lunch

Postmodernism is an academic theory, originating in academia with an academic elite, not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted. -Catharine MacKinnon

It's not that sexual liberation or feminist messages are dead. -Susie Bright

Now my mother, interestingly enough, was not a feminist in her own mind. -Elizabeth Moon

Today, unless women gain jobs and athletic scholarships commensurate with their percentage of the population, feminists scream discrimination. -Marvin Olasky

But one did not do feminist theory, as such, in those days, not only because male academic discourse did not recognize such a term, but especially because the women's movement did not either. -Teresa de Lauretis

I'd guess that 80 percent of the people who work for Playboy are feminists. -Christie Hefner

I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement, so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see the subject clearly because I came from white, middle-class privilege. -Betty Buckley

If we're for one another, we're feminists. The rest is semantics. -Betty Buckley

So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn't believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist. -Betty Buckley

The pure connecting factor is that those of us who describe ourselves as feminists want equal rights for all people. -Betty Buckley

Because religion has such a compelling hold on the deep psyches of so many people, feminists cannot afford to leave it in the hands of the fathers. -Carol P. Christ

A lot of women are turned off by the physical appearance of some of the first feminists. -Helen Reddy

I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history. -Vivienne Westwood

When I was much younger, I sometimes felt rejected by feminists because of an image that I sold because it paid the bills. Any fool could tell my hair is dyed. -Felicity Kendal

I'm criticized by the feminists, by the Jewish establishment, by Canadian nationalists. And why not? I've had my pot shots at them. I'm fair game. -Mordecai Richler

I wanted to be an actress. In college I was a serious feminist and very political. I was determined to get one thing out of my career and that was respect. I didn't want money. I didn't care about fame. -Christine Lahti

In America and in most of the industrialized world, men are coming to be thought of by feminists in very much the same way that Jews were thought of by early Nazis. The comparison is overwhelmingly scary. -Warren Farrell

My husband is a fall-away Catholic, but with a vengeance. He's actually more of a feminist than I am. -Olympia Dukakis

I didn't see myself as any advance guard, or feminist. -Ida Lupino

There were some films I refused because the feminist aspect was a bit wonky. -Julie Christie

Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry, and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation. I don't care; that's what poetry is supposed to do. -Diane Wakoski

The media only wants to get the view of the flaming radicals because they make better copy than those of us who are more sensible. I'm a feminist and I think I've done a lot of good. -Betty Dodson

My parents divorced when I was born, and my mother is a political science professor, like a feminist Mormon, which is sort of an oxymoron. -Eliza Dushku

My mom is this liberal, feminist, Mormon powerhouse. I just love her to death. -Eliza Dushku

I'll always prefer to play with women and hang out with women, and I'll always be a feminist. -Courtney Love

People were always able to look at Bettie Page and see what they needed her to be and she gave them that permission to do so. So in that way she's a feminist but I don't think she was ever trying to be. -Gretchen Mol

All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art. This includes the art of installation, political, feminist and socially directed art. -Sol LeWitt

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women. -Audre Lorde

There are lesbians, God knows… if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties and fifties in New York… who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists. -Audre Lorde

When we create out of our experiences, as feminists of color, women of color, we have to develop those structures that will present and circulate our culture. -Audre Lorde

I think I can speak for all four of us on the show here. We all consider ourselves to be feminists and we get very upset when people don't think we are. We're like, where did this come from? Of course we are. -Kristin Davis

Our mothers' generation fought so hard to change things and we're the first generation to benefit. And now you get girls in their twenties who say they're not feminists. -Kristin Davis

Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars, and even to feminist scholars. -Clifford Geertz

There was that feminist myth that we can do everything. I don't think you can. -Jessica Lange

I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes. -Toni Morrison

There's a feminist writer, Naomi Wolfe, who is reconsidering her position on abortion. -Norma McCorvey

I realize now that I was a feminist and the minute I heard the word I certainly knew it meant me, but at that time I don't think we had the label yet. But there's no doubt about it that I was born a feminist. -Marlo Thomas

Maybe I'll be a feminist in my old age. -Bjork

A good part – and definitely the most fun part – of being a feminist is about frightening men. -Julie Burchill

Courage to be is the key to revelatory power of the feminist revolution. -Mary Daly

Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist. -Camille Paglia

Donald, my husband, considers himself a feminist. -Judy Chicago

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not. -Andrea Dworkin

The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me. I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I'm a feminist. That suits me fine. -Chrissie Hynde

Women have seen that they have locked themselves up with feminist writing. -Nathalie Sarraute

My mom was sarcastic about men. She would tell me Adam was the rough draft and Eve was the final product. She was a feminist minister, an earth mom who wore a bra only on Sundays. -Daphne Zuniga

If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby, it's false and useless. -Crystal Eastman

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. -Alice Walker

If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society. -Gloria Steinem

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent. -Barbara Ehrenreich

The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower. -Audre Lorde

I am tired of angry feminists. I like my women happy, gregarious… and bathed. -Evan Sayet

I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist – although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me. -Isabel Allende

Earlier feminists were almost universally pro-choice and have dominated political debate until now. Having access to abortion was viewed as the only way women could have full equality with men, who, until recently, couldn't get pregnant. -Kathleen Parker

I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else. -Emma Watson

I've always wanted to be independent and answer for myself. That probably is the part of me I would class to be feminist. I'd like to have children; marriage I have a bit of an issue with. -Kelly Brook

We're feminists. We're doing something that only guys are expected to do and doin' it right! At our concerts we'll do one hard-core rap song and then do one where we'll be real sexy. -Cheryl James

I don't know why it's still a taboo to be a feminist. -Gemma Arterton

It's such a male-dominated industry. You can be a feminist, it's just difficult because it sometimes comes back at you. -Gemma Arterton

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. -Barack Obama

I'm not a feminist at all. -Kirsty Gallacher

My parents demonstrated against the Vietnam war, they were into the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, they started the first vegetarian restaurant in Pittsburgh. -Justin Sane

I've heard people say that 'The Blair Witch Project' is a feminist movie because there's a woman in charge and I've heard it called a completely anti-feminist movie because this woman screws everything up. Who cares really? It's just a movie. -Heather Donahue

President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next? -Michelle Malkin

I felt it was really, really important, not just in the vein of feminist erasure or whatever but also just as an artist that I honored my work. -Kathleen Hanna

I'm a feminist, a 21st-century feminist – which means choice and freedom. One has the right to be both glamorous and ethically structured. -Arielle Dombasle

I was a feminist in the Sixties, and can you imagine? The worst thing I could have done was to be in fashion. It was the most uncomfortable position. -Miuccia Prada

Women can really be who they are. I'm about to say the F word, feminist. Often that word has such a negative connotation. -Laura Kightlinger

I've always been a strong feminist and felt that the image of models was detrimental to women. That whole thing really bothered me. I would think about quitting about once a week. -Saffron Burrows

Women have that weird way of trying to be feminist. You know, like 'hear me roar.' But what they really want is a man to open the door for them. -Leslie Bibb

I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, 'black feminist' does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it's just… womanish. -Alice Walker

A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don't want to call themselves feminists. You have this cheap, hideous 'girl power' sort of fad, which I think is pretty benign at best, but at worst, I think it's a way of taking the politics out of feminism and making it some kind of fashion. -Ani DiFranco

Why do you think I write these feminist songs, to try and teach myself to respect myself. You know, it's not because I'm a hero. -Ani DiFranco

Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked 'other.' -Ani DiFranco

Militant feminists are pro-choice because it's their ultimate avenue of power over men. And believe me, to them it is a question of power. It is their attempt to impose their will on the rest of society, particularly on men. -Rush Limbaugh

I prefer to call the most obnoxious feminists what they really are: feminazis. Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism. -Rush Limbaugh

I don't think that I would consider myself a feminist. I think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable, if not more so in a lot of different dimensions, but I don't, I think have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that. -Marissa Mayer

The issue of gender was never my biggest concern; my biggest concern was doing good work. When the feminist movement really got going, I wasn't an active part of it because I was more concerned with my own mental pursuits. -Patti Smith

I wish that I had bridged the feminist movement and the anti-war movement better than I did. -Bernadine Dohrn

My first hero, as a teenager, was James Connolly. I remember discovering that he was a feminist, and that was an eye-opener, coming from a man of such poverty. -Frances O'Grady

I am a feminist and I have no problems being called that. -Frances O'Grady

Are you trivialising the sisterhood if you dye your hair or have your eyebrows threaded? I'd say the answer to that is no. But equally, it's a perfectly valid feminist thing to say there is a certain amount of attention on a woman's appearance, and I don't wish that to be the focus or a distraction. -Louise Mensch

Young feminists have been sold a bill of goods about American feminism. The enormous changes in women over the past 40 years are constantly and falsely attributed to the organized women's movement of the late 1960s and '70s. -Camille Paglia

Popular culture – above all rock 'n' roll, with its African-American R & B roots – did far more to radicalize us than did any feminist leader. -Camille Paglia

Remember that in the early days of the feminist movement, they refused to have a leader; different women would just stand up and speak. The early feminists were very careful to not put what was spontaneously arising back in the old bottle. -James Hillman

I call myself a feminist, not a feminist filmmaker. If somebody asked me if I had a feminist sensibility it would be pretty hard to deny, but is it the theme of my work? Not necessarily. I'm interested in a lot of things. -Callie Khouri

If you say you're not a feminist, you're almost denying your own existence. -Margaret Cho

To be a feminist is to be alive. -Margaret Cho

Personally I'm not a feminist, as I can't stand puritans. -Vivienne Westwood

If we value what we've inherited for free – from other women – surely it's right morally and ethically for us to wake up and say, 'I'm a feminist. ' -Annie Lennox

It's easier to sit there and say you don't like feminists because they don't have a sense of humor. -Joan Jett

Whatever feminists may say about their only advocating choices, everyone knows the truth: Feminism regards work outside the home as more elevating, honorable, and personally productive than full-time mothering and making a home. -Dennis Prager

I'm not particularly a feminist, but if you get women off the animal cycle of reproduction and give them some say in how many children they'll have, immediately the floor will rise. -Christopher Hitchens

My mom is like this hard-core, liberal feminist. She's a professor in Boston, and she's been teaching women's studies for 30 years and international politics. -Eliza Dushku

I wouldn't say I'm a feminist, but I don't like girls pretending to be stupid because it's easier. -Amy Winehouse

I had a terrible time with feminists in the Seventies. They hated me, those women. I think they hated everything. -David Bailey

I wasn't an active feminist in the '60s, never have been. -Doris Lessing

What the feminists want of me is something they haven't examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness. -Doris Lessing

I don't think that the feminist movement has done much for the characters of women. -Doris Lessing

What I really can't stand about the feminist revolution is that it produced some of the smuggest, most unselfcritical people the world has ever seen. They are horrible. -Doris Lessing

Do feminists have a sense of humor? Yes. -Gloria Allred

I was in college in the '60s, and the whole feminist movement had swept me up. -Laura Schlessinger

I don't belong to any clubs, and I dislike club mentality of any kind, even feminism – although I do relate to the purpose and point of feminism. More in the work of older feminists, really, like Germaine Greer. -Jane Campion

I am a feminist, and I define myself: Be yourself, because if you can get away with it, that is the ultimate feminist act. -Liz Phair

I wouldn't call myself a feminist, because I think there are differences between men and women. -Shania Twain

Well, I don't think of myself as a feminist at all. As soon as we start labeling and categorizing ourselves and others, that's going to shut down the world. -Melissa Leo

I'm not limited by my gender, and I don't think anyone else should be either. Because I am the age I am and I sort of rode the crest of the first profound post-suffragette feminists, I wasn't fighting to burn my bra. Those women fought that fight just seconds before I came into womanhood. -Ellen Barkin

I would like to think I am feminist in some sorts. -Jessie Ware

I would hope everyone would be a feminist. -Mia Wasikowska

The liberal feminist movement never imagined that women would take seriously the encouragement to become our own heroes and claim life for ourselves, on our terms, no matter who we are. Pro-choice and pro-life, Christian and not, poor and rich, black, white, gay and straight. It is a dream we all hold dear, and it's called the Tea Party. -Tammy Bruce

The most empowering feminist act is for women to be taught about the ways babies bond and then decide what they want to do. -Mayim Bialik

I really am a feminist, though I never used to call myself that. -Jackee Harry

I'm thankful for the work that feminists like Gloria Steinem have done. I am a feminist, but the geography for women today is vastly different than it was in the '60s. -Amber Heard

Certainly there's a huge appeal to the '60s, because it was such a big turning point to everyone. It was the era of change, the boiling point. People rebelled against things – the hippies, the feminists, the protesters. All these things just built up and boiled over. I think people can relate to that today. -Margot Robbie

We take a lot for granted as second wave feminists, what our mothers and aunts did for us. -Vera Farmiga

I'm not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I'm a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day. -Carla Bruni

You can't be a woman and not be a feminist, I don't think. If you care about the world and the world you exist in and your rights. -Sally Hawkins

I know a lot of women who embody what it means to be a feminist but do not want to use that word. The misperceptions about what it's all about have gotten into their heads. -J. Courtney Sullivan

I think for a long time it seemed like working in an art form and being a feminist meant portraying women in a perfect, angelic light. And there's nothing feminist about that. -Rebecca Hall

Feminism is very much a part of a lot of my student's lives, but they're not going to march about it or take a public political stance. And I think more and more young women are claiming that they're not feminists – even though they are. -Mary Gordon

I'm a feminist, yes! Very strongly. -Bob Hoskins

I'm a feminist, of course, and I feel as if I'm very politically correct, although I do question what's P.C. and what's not – I don't just accept what I'm told. -Beth Ditto

I have a lot of feminist idols. My favorite thing about growing up in Arkansas – well, not favorite but something I've always felt grateful for – was that I really had to dig for what I could. There was no Internet. There wasn't tons of feminist literature floating around. -Beth Ditto

Aretha Franklin was a teenage mom, a musician who came from an incredibly Christian background, but there was a lot of love, which is really inspiring in a feminist way. -Beth Ditto

I worshipped Ethel Merman and I worshipped Ethel Merman a lot. It's incredible – Ethel Merman was a conventional singer. Her naming her child Ethel Merman, Jr., was, to me, one of the coolest feminist things. -Beth Ditto

Girls are taught to sing high and pretty, like Antony, not low and from the guts like Nina Simone. But we're slowly trying to change that. There are so many things we're not told growing up, and it's our true feminist responsibility to take the truth to the people who need to hear it. -Beth Ditto

Portland is a place where you can find a community as a feminist, a vegan or a fat activist. Artists, musicians, knitters, and filmmakers can all meet like-minded souls. It's proved the perfect place for me and all my punk friends. -Beth Ditto

'Feminism' is such an incredibly awkward word for us these days, isn't it? Not to be feminist would be bizarre, wouldn't it? -Kate Atkinson

I am an adamant feminist. It never occurred to me to take my husband's name when we married. I am a supporter of abortion rights, of equal pay for equal work, of the rights of women prisoners, of all the time-honored feminist causes, and then some. -Ayelet Waldman

Before I was married, I didn't consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn't do 'do-it-yourself.' When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers. -Ayelet Waldman

The stereotypical gay man is someone whose company I enjoy, someone who makes me laugh, someone I'd want my kid to be. The stereotypical gay woman makes me insecure, conscious of my failings as a feminist. -Ayelet Waldman

Well, you know, I was raised by a 1970s feminist. My mom had a consciousness-raising group. I used to sit at the top of the stairs and listen to them. -Ayelet Waldman

I mean, I absolutely call myself a feminist. And by that, I mean a woman who believes that your opportunities should not be constrained by your gender, that women should be entitled to the same opportunities as men. -Ayelet Waldman

I believe, literally, in the God of the Old Testament, whom I understand as the Lord of the Jews and the Protestants. I'm a Christian Zionist, as well as a Christian feminist and a Christian socialist. -Julie Burchill

One of the few ways in which I feel I've actually matured is that as I've grown older I do find the concept of 'men' mystifying, whereas when I was a feisty young thing I was forever saying 'The most fun part of being a feminist is frightening men!' -Julie Burchill

I want to put any number of assorted 'ists' – such as relativists, deconstructionists, destructivists, postmodernists, the more maudlin kind of pacifists and feminists – firmly in their place. -Martin Van Creveld

One of the achievements of our generation of feminists was to emancipate women from the division between being interested in clothes and appearance, and being serious and ambitious. I am of the first generation that could go to Biba, wear miniskirts and get a degree. -Marina Warner

I'm a feminist. The women in my books in recent years have been powerful characters and I love to see a woman with a cute bottom walking past. -Wilbur Smith

I try my hardest to push the point that I am a feminist. -Jenna Jameson

Being a woman writer, I would be deceiving myself if I said I write completely through the eye of a man. There's nothing bad in it, but that does not make me a feminist writer. I hate that name. The tag is from the Western world – like we are called the Third World. -Buchi Emecheta

No, I'm not feminist. I'm not, not a feminist. -Lily Rabe

I respect women like Gloria Steinem who paved the way. But when you say 'feminist' now, there is a message that if you are sexy and you acknowledge that part of your personality publicly, then it's somehow an affront to women. And I reject that. -Megyn Kelly

I'm a feminist; I grew up with feminism, but I also think there's a way in which we need to shake things up so that we can push it further and in other directions. -Eve Ensler

There is a widespread assumption that simply because my generation of women has the good fortune to live in a world touched by the feminist movement, that means everything we do is magically imbued with its agenda, but it doesn't work that way. -Ariel Levy

As the son of a feminist mother, I grew up with the idea that work was a sort of salvation for women as it would give them freedom from the domestic grind. Now it seems work is a form of slavery, undertaken out of apparent compulsion rather than choice. -Tom Hodgkinson

Cleopatra had one great advantage. She lived at a time when female sovereigns were not anomalies. And when women enjoyed rights they would not again enjoy for another 2,000 years. You could call them early feminists, if I may use a dirty word. -Stacy Schiff

You hear younger women say, 'I don't believe I'm a feminist. I believe women should have equal right and I believe in fighting for the rights of other women, but I'm certainly not a feminist. No, no, not that!' It's just a word. If you called it 'Fred' would it be better? -Gail Collins

I am very clear that I am not a feminist. It puts you into a category and I don't like that. -Marina Abramovic

Why am I not feminist? Maybe because I come from a country where my mother ruled my life. I never felt in any way that I couldn't achieve what I want. -Marina Abramovic

Socialists find me too far left; Trotskyites not far enough; ecologists say I am too happy eating foie gras, defending nuclear energy and GM plants; feminists find I am not enough of a woman; anarchists a petit-bourgeois who has sold out because I believe in universal suffrage. -Michel Onfray

The feminists who are aware of the effects of patriarchy realize that we are all in the same boat from the dangers of patriarchy, and that the oppression of women is universal. -Nawal El Saadawi

There can be people who are feminist, and people who hold the completely opposite view but are still feminists. It seems to me from the outside that there's a lot of people busy fighting each other rather than working toward their goals. It's a shame. -Neil Strauss

I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, 'Is this a world you want to live in?' They would say, 'No.' -Helen Mirren

I do consider myself to be a feminist. -Isla Fisher

There are a lot of people who say, 'Yeah yeah, I'm a feminist,' and they're not, actually. I wouldn't want to throw that word around, because it's a very strong thing. -Saoirse Ronan

It's because I'm a feminist that I can't stand women limiting other women's imaginations. It really makes me angry. -A. S. Byatt

I feel the feminist movement has excluded black women. You cannot talk about being black and a woman within traditional feminist dialogue. -Katori Hall

I consider myself a rampant feminist. -Cindy Gallop

I deplore the shying away that can go on, within women, from the term 'feminist.' I am, absolutely, all about being a feminist. -Cindy Gallop

I suppose it's the feminist in me, but I didn't always associate modelling with an intelligent career. I used to put myself down for doing it. -Daria Werbowy

I'm not a misogynist, so you can dispense with that. I think I've done wonders for the feminist movement. -Nick Cave

My number-one goal is to never feel like I'm strictly defining myself. The minute I feel like I'm doing that as anything – as theatrical, as feminist, as songwriter – I feel like the minute I name it, I'm stuck in a box. -Amanda Palmer

I consider myself a feminist because I believe women should have equal rights. Of course. It's just that the term 'feminism' conjures up other things for people. -Marina and the Diamonds

What I increasingly felt, in marriage and in motherhood, was that to live as a woman and to live as a feminist were two different and possibly irreconcilable things. -Rachel Cusk

A feminist man is a bit like a vegetarian: it's the humanitarian principle he's defending, I suppose. -Rachel Cusk

It is living, not thinking, as a feminist that has become the challenge. -Rachel Cusk

I find families intriguing, perhaps because I did not grow up in one. I was raised by a feminist, independent, single mother, a divorcee. -Elif Safak

I try to be feminist in, like, I love myself and I don't need someone else's approval. -Amy Lee

I'm a feminist. I want to fight, but I don't see many people with this desire to fight for something. Women don't help each other, especially in fashion. -Donatella Versace

I was raised by a hardcore feminist. -Joss Whedon

I am most certainly a feminist. -Brenda Brathwaite

Women somehow get portrayed as one type. You're either a feminist or you're not. You're a working woman or you're not. I'm raising two girls, and I say to them, 'I need you to be strong and soft. You can be smart and beautiful… You can be all of these things.' -Maria Shriver

I have a problem with people saying feminine means anti-feminist, and I think it's counter-productive to immediately associate anything 'girly' with vanity or stupidity. -Tavi Gevinson

Feminism to me means fighting. It's a very nuanced, complex thing, but at the very core of it I'm a feminist because I don't think being a girl limits me in any way. -Tavi Gevinson

Victorian feminists made the mistake of making membership of the sisterhood conditional on signing up to a particular policy agenda. Marxist feminists made a similar mistake of saying, 'You can't be a real feminist unless you join with miners, the unions, the vegans.' -Naomi Wolf

When I was a baby feminist, leading feminist thinkers were insisting that if women ran the world, there would be no sadism or war. -Naomi Wolf

There was a bad patch in the '80s and early '90s when feminist thinking had become sort of a monopoly and had developed a series of litmus tests. -Naomi Wolf

I'm an actor, but I'm also a feminist, and a lot of times in movies there are things that I cannot imagine happening that are on the screen and totally accepted. And I just go, 'Whaaat?' -Alison Pill

When you say 'revolution' when you have only men outside, you know that something is going wrong. I'm not like a hardcore feminist, but I think that one of the things that makes the society advanced is equality between men and women. If half of the society is oppressed by the other half, it's not fine. -Marjane Satrapi

I am absolutely not a feminist, I am against stupidity, and if it comes from males or females, it doesn't change anything. If it means that women and men, they are equal, then OK, certainly I am a feminist. -Marjane Satrapi

I don't consider myself as a feminist but more a humanist. -Marjane Satrapi

I am more feminist than feminists. -Christian Louboutin

Most days I struggle just to be accepted into the camp of plain old feminists. This is mainly because I am not by nature ideological and generally suspicious of people who are. -Hanna Rosin

Maybe there's something about the outsiderness of being Jewish that makes for a fiery feminist type. -Hanna Rosin

I grew up in a working-class Israeli family, which was feminist only in its female-dominated structure. -Hanna Rosin

I think we should all call ourselves feminists. -Hanna Rosin

The general image of a man in an American sitcom is like a complete moron. You'd think the industry was run by a feminist cabal. -Hanna Rosin

There comes a point in nearly every book event I've done when a little feminist revolt stirs inside the crowd. -Hanna Rosin

Full disclosure: I went to university as an eager young feminist for many reasons – to get away from my parents, to soak up literature and knowledge, to cease being a child, to expand my mind and my world. -Janine di Giovanni

I'm not sure that finding a husband at university made me any less of a feminist or an academic. I still soaked up Susan Faludi; I still read Doris Lessing. But I did it at the same time I met someone who I felt was my soulmate. -Janine di Giovanni

I believe and support the feminist movement, but I am not generally interested in considering women's rights in relation to equality with men, or in a competition with men, but rather within their own rights and feminine space. -Shirin Neshat

I started modeling when I was – not older, but not 12. I have a mom who's a feminist – she's an English professor, an intellectual. She really gave me the equipment to understand that you can celebrate yourself without putting yourself down or needing to apologize for the way you look. I think that attitude is really crucial for a model. -Emily Ratajkowski

Madonna is a feminist and has been doing more for the cause than all the grumpy feminists, who are giving nothing back by being grumpy. -Christian Louboutin

I'm a feminist. God, yes! A bra-burning, building-burning feminist. -Romola Garai

I think the problem is that there has been a kind of backlash against feminism. I think women just didn't really see themselves winning that fight, and I think that probably led to a lot women feeling trapped in a perpetual cycle of disappointment – trying to be feminists and failing to be. -Romola Garai

The person who inspired me the most was a friend of mine, Anita Roddick. I know that Anita wasn't known to be an ardent feminist, but she truly was. -Annie Lennox

Women's art, political art – those categorisations perpetuate a certain kind of marginality which I'm resistant to. But I absolutely define myself as a feminist. -Barbara Kruger

Sometimes, being a feminist artist, there are times where I'm in a position where I just want to feel like I'm saying all the right things politically, or I feel like I have to mention my own project over other people's projects. But I don't do that anymore. I just want to be off the cuff and honest. -Kathleen Hanna

In terms of men being feminist allies, it's just important to speak from your own place. I'd love to hear men singing about masculinity and the damage it does to them. -Kathleen Hanna

It's now taken for granted that women are in bands and you can say feminist things in your songs. But back in the early '90s, there was a lot of violence at Bikini Kill shows that people don't realize happened. -Kathleen Hanna

I write for women because it's the only way I can use what I've experienced. It's good that people like what I write, but I don't want to go down the feminist path. -Jennifer Saunders

I'm sure it's why I'm such an odd duck in my feminist generation, because I've always been equally fair to men. -Nancy Friday

I see many more men who are feminist, or at least who have learned about life in the context of feminism. -Jane Fonda

There's lots of different feminist groups. It's not as straightforward as just looking like a plumber. -Jo Brand

In 2008, I was one of the young feminist whippersnappers who voted for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries – or as many of my older counterparts called me at the time, a traitor. -Jessica Valenti

As I grew up and began identifying myself as a feminist, there were plenty of issues that continued to make me question marriage: the father 'giving' the bride away, women taking their husband's last name, the white dress, the vows promising to 'obey' the groom. And that only covers the wedding. -Jessica Valenti

It's not always easy being a full-time feminist – especially as a young woman – when you're constantly being told that what you do is irrelevant. I'm on the defense all the time. -Jessica Valenti

You come to a point where you give up on holding yourself to a perfect feminist ideal – it just feels stifling. -Jessica Valenti

The stereotypes of feminists as ugly, or man-haters, or hairy, or whatever it is – that's really strategic. That's a really smart way to keep young women away from feminism, is to kind of put out this idea that all feminists hate men, or all feminists are ugly; and that they really come from a place of fear. -Jessica Valenti

People ask me a lot, 'Well, can you be pro-life and be feminist? Can you be conservative and be feminist?' And I think that, yeah, maybe personally you can be those things. But I think if you're advocating for legislation, or if you're fighting to limit other women's rights, then you can't really call yourself a feminist. -Jessica Valenti

I kind of love that there's not really a feminist canon; or maybe there is, but it's being changed, that it's a constantly moving canon in the feminist blogosphere. I love that. -Jessica Valenti

Bra-burning never happened. It was completely made up by the media. A couple of women protesting a Miss America pageant threw some bras into a garbage can, and somehow that became this longstanding idea of feminists as bra-burners. -Jessica Valenti

Social media is not just another way to connect feminist and activist voices – it amplifies our messages as well. -Jessica Valenti

Being attacked by right-wing Christians did not bother me. Being attacked by liberal feminists did. -Hugh Hefner

People say, 'Gee, you don't really do political music.' Well, I sing a lot of songs about how men and women and lovers treat each other, and none of us want to be talked down to or belittled or ignored or disrespected… So I'm proud to be a feminist. -Bonnie Raitt

As far as I'm concerned, you're a feminist by default if you're born in the Western world right now. -Caitlin Moran

There are 3 billion women in the world, so there are 3 billion ways to be a feminist. -Caitlin Moran

I say this in the spirit of feminist encouragement, but I think I'm pretty hot. I've got all the facial features, facing the right way, at the right end, and you can always paint over the bad bits with makeup. -Caitlin Moran

Despite the fact that feminists say they're not getting a fair deal, women are still very powerful. -Les Dawson

Mark Twain was very unhappy with himself for various reasons. He was very unhappy with America of this time. He thought it was terrible we had no anti-lynching laws, and he was also a feminist, and he was also very concerned with anti-Semitism. He was a good man, but he was hard on himself. -Joyce Carol Oates

I am what would be called a 'mainstream feminist,' not a radical feminist. -Joyce Carol Oates

I don't necessarily think of myself as a feminist, but I'm a whole person. -Jill Scott

I don't consider myself a feminist, but I feel very empowered as a woman, and I've used all my resources widely. I believe in equality, but that's just naturally happening. I still want a door opened for me, to be treated like a lady, but I also want equal rights for women, of course. -Pamela Anderson

I think that feminists have definitely underestimated the role that women have had historically. I think I would be insecure if I were to be a man; there's so much pressure on you. -Vivienne Westwood

A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with. -Natalie Portman

We who don't want radical Islam to spread must compete with the agents of radical Islam. I want to see what would happen if Christians, feminists and Enlightenment thinkers were to start proselytizing in the Muslim community. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A lot of the hate mail I get is clearly misogynist. I am a proud liberal, feminist woman, and the hate mail I get about those three things is not about me. -Janeane Garofalo

My mother didn't want me to be a feminist, a radical, political person, because she was scared. She wanted me to be protected and safe, but my life never was. -Isabel Allende

Using pseudonyms was such a part of the early feminist movement. We didn't want to have this star system. We wanted attention on the ideas, not the persona of the writer. -bell hooks

In 1995, I was thrust into the role of reluctant, flag-waving feminist and emotionally-focused artist/advocate. -Alanis Morissette

At five I was already a feminist, and nobody used the word in Chile yet. -Isabel Allende

I've never been against women. That anti-feminist rap is bogus. I think men should be nice to women, buy them diamonds. -Sam Kinison

I'd refer to myself as a feminist. I don't think my music is overtly rooted in feminism. I'm a teenager, and 95 percent of my friends are boys, and that's just the way I've always been. -Lorde

I find a lot of feminist reading quite confusing and that often there's a set of rules, and people will be like, 'Oh, this person isn't a true feminist because they don't embody this one thing,' and I don't know, often it can be a gray area, and it can be a hard thing to navigate. -Lorde

I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist; I had a terrifying father and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren't allowed to make a sound. -Joss Whedon

I consider myself a feminist living in a post-feminist era. -Kim Cattrall

Because of the feminist perspective, we have gotten a view of the world that is distorted. -Warren Farrell

To those of us who remained committed mainly to the exploration of moral distinctions and ambiguities, the feminist analysis may have seemed a particularly narrow and cracked determinism. -Joan Didion

I love if someone invites me to a restaurant, so I don't know if that's a feminist. -Carine Roitfeld

I was put out there as a spokesperson for the new feminist revolution. It was very difficult because I was either too feminist or not feminist enough, depending on who you spoke to. -Sarah McLachlan

The Democratic Party is made up of trial lawyers, labor unions, government employees, big city political machines, the coercive utopians, the radical environmentalists, feminists, and others who want to restructure society with tax dollars and government fiat. -Grover Norquist

For women, we intend to do something in a noble and missionary spirit… We mean to appeal to their intellects… and we hereby announce ourselves as determined and bigoted feminists. -Frank Crowninshield

You could call me a 'card-carrying feminist,' if there were a card to carry. -Susannah Grant

Women born and raised on this fragile planet have more uniting us than dividing us – and it's the job of feminists to help us realise that. -Robin Morgan

I don't care about controversies. I am a young woman with an opinion about certain things. I can't be diplomatic. I am a feminist, and as long as I can be the voice of hundreds of girls out there, I will speak my mind. I don't care what other people think. -Sonam Kapoor

Films with female protagonists don't attract many eyeballs. Most of them are perceived as feminist films. If Bollywood starts giving women major roles in entertaining movies, then the audience, too, will open up to the idea of watching commercial films in which the actresses do more than just play the role of the hero's love interest. -Bipasha Basu

I do not consider myself a feminist. I do not believe that by doing female-oriented films that depict a woman fighting the system, we can change the system. -Anushka Sharma

I still try to be a feminist in some tiny way. -Imogen Poots

I'm not a type of feminist who is afraid to be sexy. -Megan Fox

The feminists taught us about consciousness-raising. -Richard Dawkins

The point of the feminist movement wasn't simply to set our underwear on fire and muscle into small spaces in the male-dominated workplace, but to create a world where the contribution of both sexes was equally valued and no one's worth was judged on their take-home salary. -Mariella Frostrup

I think I started writing about identity, and I used to believe that identity is the story. But now I'm not so much subscribed to that. I mean, with 'Mr. Fox,' it has a feminist agenda as well. And so, as I sort of been away from writing about identity, I still feel that kind of tug of roots and, you know, cultural background. -Helen Oyeyemi

I've never been a feminist. -Dolly Parton

I don't think of myself in a political way, though I am definitely a feminist. -Nicole Holofcener

Like many traditional feminists, I became one of the boys, only better. For a while it gave me a buzz to win at their game, but ultimately, that kind of power just goes nowhere. Traditional feminism excludes men and so perpetuates conflict. I am not interested in warring about power. -Scilla Elworthy

The most important movement in the world is the feminist movement. If we can really figure out what's going on between men and women, the other problems will take care of themselves. I'm sure of it. -Utah Phillips

I'm a fiction writer, and I do write essays, but I am not a poet. And I absolutely reject the phrase 'woman writer' as anti-feminist. I wrote an essay about this as far back as 1977, at the height of the neo-feminist movement. -Cynthia Ozick

I'm comfortably asocial – a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive. -Octavia E. Butler

No matter how many feminist tracts you read, you never forget what boys like. -Jami Attenberg

A friend of mine wrote a script, a feminist romantic comedy. She had a feminist scholar consult on it. My friend said, 'Oh, my friend Gillian read it and really loved it.' She goes, 'Gillian Jacobs, you mean: Britta Perry, feminist icon?' -Gillian Jacobs

For me, the triad of 'Harry Potter,' the 'Hunger Games' and 'Twilight' feature strong women, and as a declared feminist, it's a wonderful thing. These women have really opened up this particular world of storytelling, which I'm very grateful for. -Cassandra Clare

Whatever feminists may say about their only advocating choices, everyone knows the truth: Feminism regards work outside the home as more elevating, honorable, and personally productive than full-time mothering and homemaking. -Dennis Prager

Becoming a model was very counter-culture for my background, which is hyper-liberal, academic and feminist. -Cameron Russell

It's self-deceptive to think we're in a post-feminist world when we never tried a feminist world. -Ellen Goodman

I don't think it's not feminist to use every tool you have to succeed, and part of that is being a woman – presenting yourself in a certain way. -Christina Hendricks

I would love for people to know that the label 'feminist' is something that everyone should wear proudly, because it just means that you support women. -Kristen Schaal

Although some people call me anti-feminist, I know I wasn't because Germaine Greer supported me. -Bernardo Bertolucci

I do consider myself a feminist, yeah. Totally. -Tyra Banks

The idea of what a feminist is has changed so much that there needs to be a new word for it. -Trinny Woodall

Women always go through the door first. Even ardent feminists would admit it's nice. It's not an acknowledgment of women as the weaker sex; it's perhaps an acknowledgment of women as the stronger sex. -Lyle Lovett

I would definitely say I'm a feminist. To me, it just means being attentive and mindful. It's about equality and equal treatment. It feels like a gut instinct. -Hattie Morahan

I'm kind of a sloppy feminist. Any ideology makes me a little nervous because there's some point where it doesn't allow for the complexity of things. -Kim Gordon

I don't consider myself a feminist, but I'm down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful. If you asked me, 'What do you want to say?' it would be, 'Love yourself more.' -Meghan Trainor

I didn't think of 'Thelma and Louise' as a feminist movie. -Callie Khouri

I am not saying that the Renaissance in any way was a feminist movement – hardly. But the arts flourished, and in more social settings as opposed to being confined to the church. -Kathryn Lasky

I'd rather be a lady of the evening than a feminist. -Wendy Long

I feel like a feminist is gender equality. -Ilana Glazer

The words we spoke and our entire punk performance aimed to express our disapproval of a specific political event: the patriarchs' support of Vladimir Putin, who has taken an authoritarian and anti-feminist course. -Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

I'm a feminist in the true sense of the word. It's about equality. -Natalie Dormer

I think we all remember Emma Peel from 'The Avengers,' the feminist icon that she was in the late '60s. -Natalie Dormer

I think people take the word 'feminist' really seriously, and I think people are scared to use that word. -Rita Ora

Events such as the 1991 Tailhook debacle have been seized upon and used by feminists to attack the military culture and bring about major concessions. -Jim Webb

When the Taliban took over in 1996, the news of their crimes hit the Toronto papers. As a feminist and as an anti-war activist, I heard about what was happening to women, and I wanted to do something to support those folks. -Deborah Ellis

When people ask me do I believe in feminism – well, I didn't even know I was a feminist. I was the top of the bill; I've always been the top of the bill. So I don't know what equality is. -Cilla Black

George McGovern – and I campaigned very hard for his election – was not, in the summer of 1971, a strong feminist ally. But he did come around. -Karen DeCrow

Despite the strength of the feminist movement in the 1970s and beyond, a fable has persisted that educated women are rejected as marriage partners. -Karen DeCrow

Most of the well-known American feminists of the 19th century did not come out against the institution of marriage. -Karen DeCrow

The feminist spirit still lives! It shows most boldly among younger women from the millennial generation. -Gail Sheehy

The strategy we need to pursue is one of recovering our time – to push back on our hours of work. We need to form a new alliance between feminist groups, labor unions, child advocates, progressive corporations, and the federal government insofar as it's willing to pursue a family-friendly agenda. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

People start to talk about post-racist, post-feminist. What does that mean? We're clearly not post either. Would you say post-democracy? Clearly we haven't reached true democracy yet. -Gloria Steinem

To say 'radical feminist' is only a way of indicating that I believe the sexual caste system is a root of race and class and other divisions. -Gloria Steinem

The question of whether one has one's own political power or goes to work for someone else is not only a feminist question. -Gloria Steinem

What is frustrating is being told that no matter how hard I've worked, it counts less than my appearance. Although if you're not considered conventionally attractive, that also becomes an issue: you know, you're a feminist because you couldn't get a man. -Gloria Steinem

Women tend to be conservative in youth and get more radical as they get older because they lose power with age. So if a young woman is not a feminist, I say, 'Just wait.' -Gloria Steinem

If you are not a feminist in love, you fail to recognise someone who does not love you. Feminism makes love easier. Otherwise, there is the danger of feeling romantically drawn to someone who does not see you as an equal. -Gloria Steinem

I am a feminist. I don't especially care for the term, but there it is. -Robert Webb

I think it was really entering my 30s that I began to embrace feminism and call myself a feminist. -Roxane Gay

I think one of the most important things we can do as feminists is acknowledge that, even though we have womanhood in common, we have to start to think about the ways in which we're different, how those differences affect us, and what kinds of needs we have based on our differences. -Roxane Gay

I would love for everyone to be a feminist, but I have to respect people's choices. If you don't want to be a feminist and don't want to claim feminism, that's entirely your right. -Roxane Gay

If a woman wants to take her husband's name, that's her choice, and I still think she can be feminist while doing that. -Roxane Gay

People don't want to think… I mean, they don't! They just want to say, 'Oh, okay, feminists are humorless man-haters,' and that's simply not the case. There are radical people and radical ideas in absolutely every movement, but that doesn't mean they define the ideals. -Roxane Gay

It's an amusing idea to some, this feminism thing – this audacious notion that women should be able to move through the world as freely, and enjoy the same inalienable rights and bodily autonomy, as men. At least, that's the impression given when feminism and feminists are all too often the targets of lazy humor. -Roxane Gay

I keep trying to imagine a universe in which too many public figures declaring themselves feminists would be a bad thing. -Roxane Gay

I support anything that broadens the message of gender equality and tempers the stigma of the feminist label. We run into trouble, though, when we celebrate celebrity feminism while avoiding the actual work of feminism. -Roxane Gay

We have to believe that we can hold different points of view without labeling each other bad feminists. -Roxane Gay

Beyonce is not above critique. As a feminist herself, I hope Beyonce would welcome it. -Roxane Gay

I am failing as a woman. I am failing as a feminist. To freely accept the feminist label would not be fair to good feminists. If I am, indeed, a feminist, I am a rather bad one. I am a mess of contradictions. -Roxane Gay

Even as a feminist, my whole life I'd been waiting for a man to love who could love me. For decades, I'd thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man, and he was my brother. -Mona Simpson

When husbands and wives not only co-work but try to co-homemake, as post-feminist and well-intentioned as it is, out goes the clear delineation of spheres, out goes the calm of unquestioned authority, and of course, out goes the gratitude. -Sandra Tsing Loh

I think female solitude is a mental condition as well as a physical state. You can be married and a spinster. I think spinster is an identity every woman can claim, if she will… I feel like a lot of women, or a lot of feminists, joke about taking to the sea or living alone in a cottage as this kind of fun freedom. -Daniel Mallory Ortberg

There's a toxicity within gaming culture, and also in tech culture, that drives this misogynist hatred, this reactionary backlash against women who have anything to say, especially those who have critiques or who are feminists. -Anita Sarkeesian

I was frustrated with how academia tended to present feminist theory in disconnected or inaccessible ways. I wanted to try and bring a sociological feminist lens to the limited and limiting representations of women in the media and then share that with other young women of my generation. YouTube was the perfect medium. -Anita Sarkeesian

I'm not a feminist that hates men by any means. -Imelda May

When I was coming of age, I remembered reading and studying the initial ideas within the feminist movement. There was this idea with my parents' generation that in order to find equality, a woman would need to behave like a man. -Bryce Dallas Howard

I don't think in a male or female way. I don't differentiate between male and female. I never have. I'm not considered a feminist. -Martha Stewart

To be feminist doesn't mean you can't be submissive. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

I think that all women, unless they are absolutely asleep, must be feminists up to a point. -Ruth Rendell

I'm not a feminist. -Marge Simon

For me, feminism is about equality. So, when someone works for a Wall Street firm and says they're a feminist, my eyes are going to roll. -Jodie Evans

I have no problem with saying I am a socialist or with saying I'm a feminist. That's how I was when I was 15, and you know, I haven't grown out of it and probably never will. -Cherie Blair

I have never been ashamed of calling myself a feminist, and I believe passionately in women's rights. -Cherie Blair

My mom was an orphan, and there was never anybody to tell her what she could or couldn't do. At the core, she's probably an artist – an artist and a feminist. -Mark Bradford

I am a feminist, although I always worry saying that because you then get people asking you about the 1970s. -Sarah Hall

I'm a very bad Christian, but I am a Christian. I think that all women, unless they are absolutely asleep, must be feminists up to a point. And socialist, well yes, of course, it's not a fashionable word, but I am very much of the Left. -Ruth Rendell

Any adjective you put before the noun 'writer' is going to be limiting in some way. Whether it's feminist writer, Jewish writer, Russian writer, or whatever. -Alice McDermott

My mom was a big feminist, and when I was growing up, I wasn't allowed to have typical girl toys: she did not let me have dolls. Barbies were banned in our household. She read feminist books to me; my mom was a major feminist. -Leila Janah

People ask me if I think Anne Boleyn was a feminist… but she wasn't striking out on behalf of women, and she wasn't particularly keen on them. -Lydia Leonard

Some feminists have this party-line attitude, and they can be very extremist. The most enlightened characters in my film are women. -Lina Wertmuller

For years, the feminists thought of me as an army sergeant. I was too macho for them. -Lina Wertmuller

If, in the coming thousand years, a feminine culture shall really supplement the masculine, then this will be exactly in the measure in which women have the courage to create and to act as most feminists now do not even dare think. -Ellen Key

In the late sixties, when revolution and upheaval were everywhere, feminists were ridiculed for focusing on housework. -Lynn Coady

I was always watching the boys and how they interacted. It comes with being a feminist, just somebody who thinks a lot about gender and how it plays out in society. -Lynn Coady

When I first started writing comics, in the way-back days, Typhoid Mary was my explosive response to women characters in comics – I made her an innocent virginal type, a clever, dark, liberated woman, and as Bloody Mary, a feminist bent of punishing men – all in one character. She was an instinctual rather than a calculated creation. -Ann Nocenti

There is an unspoken feminist layer to Katana. She's an aggressive modern woman with traditional Japanese roots. She was in love with her sword because she believed it contained her husband. -Ann Nocenti

If I feel something, it's how I feel. I never say, 'I feel this way, so you should feel that way.' Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I just am who I am. But, yeah. I think you would call me a feminist. -Kim Kardashian

Men are born privileged in the scale of things – I'm generalizing, but it's true. Women have to define themselves in the eyes of men. They have to fight for their rights, especially in a society that will pretend that there is no fight or no battle, that it's a cliche, that feminists are reactionary, all these things. -Xavier Dolan

I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality. -Kaley Cuoco

As a feminist, just to speak to what women go through, I think women are put in a box way too often. What I love about 'You're the Worst' is that no female character is portrayed as a black-and-white cartoon character. We're all complicated, messy human beings. -Kether Donohue

Lesley Gore's part-time field was pop singer, and in her brief but urgent prime, she was the Queen of Teen Angst. She endured heartbreak as a birthday girl betrayed by her beau in 'It's My Party,' savored revenge in the sequel 'Judy's Turn to Cry' and belted the proto-feminist anthem 'You Don't Own Me.' -Richard Corliss

You may debate whether the Disney heroines fit the feminist standard, but they don't live in a democracy. Remember, they're princesses. -Richard Corliss

I feel confused about what I'm supposed to be doing as a feminist because I do like fashion, and I do like magazines, too. I buy them on airplanes. I like seeing what hot trends are new this fall. It makes me feel very conflicted a lot of the time. -Megan Amram

'Suffragette' is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fight for the right to vote. -Sarah Gavron

I rejected the traditional notion of 'women's work,' but I never thought of my early ambitions in a feminist way, exactly. Primarily I rebelled against apathy and limited education. I was rejecting a whole way of life that I thought trapped everyone. -Bobbie Ann Mason

I'm not an ardent feminist – well, maybe I am an ardent feminist. I just roll my eyes at the way women are constantly used and how sensitive men are about photographs of themselves. -Sally Mann

So many people are concerned with being the perfect 'something.' Whether it's the perfect singer, the perfect sexy girl, or the perfect feminist. I don't want to be the perfect anything. -Halsey

I had a very feminist mother who exposed me not only to Planned Parenthood – my first job – but also to Betty Friedan and Colette and Naomi Wolf. -Liz Goldwyn

I don't label myself a feminist. I love men, but I am all about promoting a better, healthier relationship between the sexes. -Liz Goldwyn

Historians who write about families are usually feminists who think in terms of gender relations. -Jane Ridley

People like to watch surfing, but maybe the girls get the wrong kind of promotion and the wrong kind of press. I might be called a feminist for saying it, but it's like the girls are promoted sexually rather than what they're achieving. -Jessica Fox

A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It's equality, it's fairness, and I think it's a great thing to be a part of. -Zendaya

When people ask me if I am a feminist film maker, I reply I am a woman and I also make films. -Chantal Akerman

Young women are still looking for a prince on a white charger to come over the hill or for Mr. Rochester to appear. We all pretend we're right-on feminists, but underneath that, there's still the bedrock of romance. -Gemma Jones

It's sad when a woman writing fantasy in the United States in the 1970s has less actual feminist cred than Sir Walter Scott. -Judith Tarr

I wouldn't call myself a feminist. I am just me. I like boxing and acting and doing my charity work. -Nicola Adams

My husband is a feminist! -Judy Blume

Blogs with feminist content, from 'Feministing' and 'Jezebel' to 'Racialicious' and 'Shakesville' and 'Feministe,' have opened up and changed the scope of the feminist universe for women who might never have encountered contemporary feminism. -Rebecca Traister

It's a controversial issue: many feminists reasonably worry that by taking the concentration off gender as an independent locus of oppression, we dilute the strength of a women's movement, or of women's rights advocacy. -Rebecca Traister

Roseanne was a huge groundbreaking comedian. Margaret Cho. Ellen DeGeneres, and then on 'Saturday Night Live,' the era of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sort of helped to bring in an awareness of a new generation of women comedians, often women who were feminist in their comedy, who were unafraid – and this came from the genre of show that was emerging. -Rebecca Traister

I don't think there's anything wrong with feminist uplift. That's how we got credit cards in our own name. -Diane English

How can you not be a feminist if you have a brain in your head? If you're not a feminist, then you're a problem. -Jon Krakauer

'The Witch' is feminist. -Anya Taylor-Joy

I wouldn't really call myself a feminist. I obviously want equality and equal opportunities to the men. -Katie Taylor

I just happen to be a woman and involved in sport, but that doesn't necessarily make me a feminist. -Katie Taylor

I don't think women are that vastly different from men. I'm a bit of a woman myself. But I'm not a feminist filmmaker. I'm not making a feminist thesis to prove that women are important. I just happen to make films with strong characters that are women. -Pawel Pawlikowski

In the late '80s, I think my vision was chasing people out of the room. Nobody else thought like this. I was really this pro-sex feminist. -Marilyn Minter

I define my work as a feminist act and a political act because I'm black and a woman. You don't necessarily have to claim that, but the act of making art itself is a political and feminist act when you're a woman. -Mickalene Thomas

I am a feminist. Women are discriminated against in so many ways, and they make up half the population. -John Legend

As it turns out, my grandmother, my mother, my wife, and my daughter are all women, and I like those people. I'm concerned about the issues that they face in their lives. So I'm a feminist, but that's not all I am. -Tommy Lee Jones

I would always stand up for women, but I don't want women's rights and all that sort of thing. I love to have men around, and I suppose if you're a true feminist, you get on and do it yourself. I love it when someone says, 'I'll get your coat' or, 'I'll look after you', or offers you a seat on the bus. I'm thrilled to bits. I'm not a feminist. -Mary Berry

Of course, I consider myself a feminist, but I wouldn't say I'm a feminist genius or anything. -Zara Larsson

The feminist movement is not about success for women. It is about treating women as victims and about telling women that you can't succeed because society is unfair to you, and I think that's a very unfortunate idea to put in the minds of young women because I believe women can do whatever they want. -Phyllis Schlafly

Feminists don't honor successful women. You never hear them talking about Margaret Thatcher. Take Condoleezza Rice. She's a remarkable, successful woman. You don't hear the feminists talk about her or Carly Fiorina or Jeanne Kirkpatrick. -Phyllis Schlafly

When I had a baby, I didn't leave the second floor for six months. I nursed my babies. I was a full-time homemaker. I taught them all how to read before I let them go to school. So I gave them that care in the early life that somehow feminists have been led to believe is demeaning and is not worth the time of an educated woman. -Phyllis Schlafly

I would not want to be called a feminist. The feminists don't believe in success for women and, of course, I believe that American women are the most fortunate people who ever lived on the face of the earth, can do anything they make up their minds to do. -Phyllis Schlafly

I think the main goal of the feminist movement was the status degradation of the full-time homemaker. They really wanted to get all women out of the homes and into the workforce. And again and again, they taught that the only fulfilling lifestyle was to be in the workforce reporting to a boss instead of being in the home reporting to a husband. -Phyllis Schlafly

The media has bought into the whole social revolution, the Kinsey ideas, and has been completely taken over by the feminists. And the feminists, I think, are the most destructive elements in our society. -Phyllis Schlafly

For a radical feminist to try to change the church was like a black person trying to reform the Ku Klux Klan. -Mary Daly

I always thought that there was nothing an antifeminist would want more than to have women only in women's organizations, in their own little corner empathizing with each other and not touching a man's world. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If you look back at what I believe and what I stand for, I am certainly a proud feminist. -Tracee Ellis Ross

I know for a fact I've put in the same amount of hours as every up-and-coming male rapper right now, if not more. I'm a feminist with regard to my music and the music industry. -Tink

Naturally, my stories are about women – I'm a woman. I don't know what the term is for men who write mostly about men. I'm not always sure what is meant by 'feminist.' In the beginning, I used to say, 'Well, of course I'm a feminist.' But if it means that I follow a kind of feminist theory, or know anything about it, then I'm not. -Alice Munro

For some reason, the word 'feminist' freaks people out, but when you look it up, all it means is equal opportunity. -Madison Marlow

Not so long ago, my feminist education taught me to ask the question, 'Is the gaze male?' The answer, apparently, is yes, which is why so many movies and television shows are about men and not women. -Theresa Rebeck

My mom was very much the product of a very paternalistic, deep-southern culture, but also a repressed feminist. Her way of being defiant was to raise us to be rebellious ourselves – basically, the opposite of who she had to be in her own life. -Campbell Brown

I think it's foolish to interview someone who's just promoting a movie that they're in and ask if they consider themselves a feminist. That's not about feminism; that's about the journalist wanting to gauge how much this person is aware of the world or is aware of the feminist movement. -Tavi Gevinson

I am a feminist – I just think the label reflects my beliefs – but, you know, we say 'Rookie' is a website for teenage girls, not a feminist website for teenage girls. That's not because I'm not proud to call myself a feminist, but when you're calling attention to a project, you can very easily be pigeonholed by choosing certain identifiers. -Tavi Gevinson

I've always been a feminist, and what I love in my work is being able to explore a full-sided woman and not patronize her. -Felicity Jones

I think feminism is that you just have to stick it all out. I remember this one time when someone interviewed me, and I was young, and they said, 'Do you see yourself as a feminist?' And I was like, 'I don't know. I'm not really comfortable calling myself a feminist.' -Yuna

It's like with feminism. We talk a lot about feminism meaning complete freedom, and for some people, that means, like, 'Free the nipple!' But there's another end of the feminist spectrum, and that's where people like me are. -Yuna

I'm almost a feminist and believe if a girl wants to do something, she should be able to do it in the same way that a man is able to, which is sometimes a problem in our country. -Alia Bhatt

I'm not feminist, by the way. I am just an artist. -Marina Abramovic

The ideal feminist world shouldn't be one where women suppress their human instincts for attention and desire. We shouldn't be weighed down with the responsibility of explaining our every move. We shouldn't have to apologize for wanting attention, either. We don't owe anyone an explanation. -Emily Ratajkowski

Every woman, whether or not they're comfortable with the term 'feminist,' probably wants to be equal to men, and that is fundamentally what feminism is about. -Emily Ratajkowski

You see, feminists don't really like to define the Patriarchy. They prefer to keep it nebulous and amorphous so they can conveniently blame it for everything that goes wrong in their lives. Not being paid enough? Patriarchy! Not getting a promotion? Patriarchy! Too many catcalls? Patriarchy! Too few catcalls? Patriarchy! -Milo Yiannopoulos

Of all the threats to free speech in history, the one the media give the most credibility to without question is the feminist movement, which is trying to rebrand public debate as harassment. -Milo Yiannopoulos

I have always thought of myself as someone for equal rights. I don't mind being called a feminist, and I get really upset when female celebrities resist the title as if it's a bad thing, because it's a very good thing. -Marcia Clark

I am a feminist. And I don't think of that as being anti-men, I think about it as equal rights for women. -Marcia Clark

Am I feminist? I don't know. I'm not really sure what that is. I am all up for equality to a certain extent, although in the home, I do feel this is where the mother excels and the man needs to step back a bit. My family is from Nigeria, and this is our culture. -Anthony Joshua

People feel feminists are aggressive, men-hating women with a little moustache. I think it's got a bad reputation because when feminism came into being, we were facing so much opposition that we had to be strident and aggressive. -Twinkle Khanna

I never said I'm not a feminist! I wrote one column where I was being sarcastic, and I called myself a 'wombist'. Now which sane person would say that 'wombist' is a better term than feminist? I was being sarcastic, and perhaps it was my fault in not getting the point across as clearly as I would have liked to. I don't think there's any doubt. -Twinkle Khanna

If people see anything I do and the way I live my life, there is no ambiguity about me being a feminist. -Twinkle Khanna

I'm an independent woman and a feminist. -Kriti Sanon

Sometimes when I talk, I sound like a feminist because I get really angry when I hear certain things. For instance, a lot of families don't really educate their girls much while they educate their sons to the full extent. I think that's not fair. -Kriti Sanon

I don't like that word: feminist. -Megyn Kelly

I don't like the women who stand up for the empowerment of women at the expense of men. They try to demonize men, and they try to suggest men all want to keep us down, which is one of the reasons why I don't like that label 'feminist.' -Megyn Kelly

I'm happy to say I'm a feminist. Being a feminist is just believing in equal rights. Man, woman, gay, straight, black, white – we're all in it together. -Aaron Taylor-Johnson

We need everyone to be a feminist. Feminism is the fight for the equality of sexes, not for the domination of one sex over another. -Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

I don't like the word 'feminist.' I don't like the word 'ambitious.' I do like the word 'anti-establishment.' -Rei Kawakubo

For me, as a feminist, as somebody who wants to lift up women – because I do; I come from a single mom who raised three boys on her own – I feel like, you close the door on women, you close the door on humanity. -Theodore Melfi

I am a feminist. -Claire Danes

I personally think Beyonce's a strong feminist. What she's done in music and for women is unprecedented. I love her. She definitely makes me feel like more of a woman. -Sam Smith

I've heard people say to me, 'How can you claim to be a feminist when you dress like that?' I wear a lot of slip dresses and nightwear and stuff. People always question my credibility because of that: 'Oh, are you selling sex? Are you doing this or that to be recognized more or to sell your music?' No, it's just a fashion thing for me. -Charli XCX

The definition of being a feminist is equality, and if you're not a feminist at this point, then what are you really promoting? -Alessia Cara

I remember being called 'feminazi' and all that. I'm so proud of these young women who are coming out and not afraid to say they are feminists. -Marcia Clark

This thinking that you can have every single thing you want in life is not the thinking of a feminist. It's the thinking of a toddler. -Ariel Levy

I didn't even know how much of a feminist I was, and I realized, 'Oh my God, I was raised by a single mom who had to raise six kids. I have three sisters. Larry, you've been a feminist your whole life, and you really didn't know it until you've been presented with these issues.' -Larry Wilmore

I'm not a bleeding-heart feminist, but I do like to call out that stuff in my act. It's nice when you find a perspective that no one has hit on. -Nikki Glaser

I did not start out thinking I'm going to become a feminist poet. It was a tag I was given. -Rupi Kaur

I grew up in a bit of a feminist fantasy with a single mom. I was totally shielded, in a way, from an idea that I couldn't do something. -Patty Jenkins

I really connect to strong feminist writers that make their ideas accessible for the rest of the world. -Laura Harrier

I'm going to be honest. Up until I started work on Bumble, the 'f-word' scared me. People would ask me if I was a feminist, and I didn't know how to respond. The word seemed to put guys off, but now I realise, who cares? -Whitney Wolfe Herd

If we want to create change, we all have to be feminists – men, women, everyone needs to acknowledge that. Sometimes I have more in common with the man than I do the woman in the room. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

I always joke that I'm a feminist with a boob job. -Marti Noxon

In 'UnREAL', for me, just being so openly feminist, just being so overtly, like, 'This show is about women who are not necessarily likable, doing a job that is despicable, and we are not going to be afraid of that.' -Marti Noxon

I was raised by a lesbian feminist who told me that shaving my legs was giving into the patriarchy. So, I consider myself to be a bona fide feminist. -Marti Noxon

I find the whole feminist thing very boring. They are so much on the defensive that they dare not love a man because they feel assaulted by being dependent. -Diana Rigg

I check Facebook to see how everybody from high school's doing. I go on Reddit to see what my weirdos are talking about. Then I go on Tumblr to see what my feminists are talking about. -Jessica Williams

For some reason, when I think feminism, I think, like, 'Well, you can't include men if you're talking about feminism and being a feminist,' so I get a little bit muddled. I find it to be a bit grey. Then if you say you are not a feminist, that means that you're not pro-woman! -Cobie Smulders

It's not my place to tell anyone what kind of feminist she should be. -Katherine Ryan

It seems the feminists are all about female freedom of expression so long as the female is overweight or transgender. You can't pick and choose what type of women fit your agenda. -Tomi Lahren

I don't consider myself a feminist, but boy, I won't lay down and play dead, ever. -Tomi Lahren

There's this ridiculous idea that I'm a gender traitor because I'm not a feminist. I'm supposed to be part of a sisterhood: you're automatically supposed to support all women just because you have the same genitals as them, which doesn't make sense. -Lauren Southern

I never played a part in the feminist movement – it touches me, but I am not a militant. -Sonia Rykiel

I think a way that feminist photographers work is turning what was the object into the subject and really making it our own. -Petra Collins

The feminist movement is way bigger than the word. I don't police people on what they call themselves, but equality and a general sense of togetherness are really important to me. -Petra Collins

I'm not an active feminist: I'm an active humanist. -Hugh Hefner

I separated ways from the American feminist movement when they became anti-sexual. I believe embracing sexuality is a part of what it means to be free. -Hugh Hefner

I am fully a feminist in this modern definition of the term. It's innate in my work because that's just who I am. -Frankie Shaw

I'm proud to be a feminist because making sure that everyone understands we all have a role in fighting for equality is the only way to move forward. -Justin Trudeau

If you're a progressive, you really should be a feminist because it's about equality, it's about respect, it's about making the best of the world that we have. -Justin Trudeau

Quite frankly, I talk about the fact that I'm a feminist as often as I can, and every time I do, it gets huge reaction, and media reacts, and the Twitterverse explodes and things like that, because here I am saying I'm a feminist. I will keep saying that until there is no more reaction to that when I say it, because that's where we want to get to. -Justin Trudeau

Women who can, do. Those who can't become feminists. -Bobby Riggs

People review my comic books. People review every article I write – 'The Atlantic' even publishes them. A great deal of the critique of 'Between the World and Me' was from a feminist perspective. bell hooks pushed back, among others. Some of that has value. Some of it does not. I try my best to separate the wheat from the chaff. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

My politics are private, but many of my feminist politics cross over into my professional life. -Frances McDormand

My feminist training was that this was your goal, to be a self-sufficient woman, but that is a miscalculation. It's just not the way we work. We work in dialogue with the community. -Frances McDormand

I think the history of western feminism is one that is fraught with racism, and I think it's important to acknowledge that and, at the same time, to say that feminism is not the western invention, that my great-grandmother in what is now south-western Nigeria is feminist. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Some people ask, 'Why the word 'feminist'? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression 'human rights' is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If there was anyone primed to raise their kids feminist, it was me. My parents treated me no differently from my brother. I was raised to believe I was capable of doing anything I set my mind to. -Amanda de Cadenet

Some people would say having a feminist perspective is political, but I don't think it is. I think it's just having a female perspective. -Amanda de Cadenet

I identify as a feminist. I have so many feminist beliefs – and then I'm so mean to myself about my body sometimes. -Busy Philipps

In the industry, I am judged by what I wear. If I want to be taken seriously, I have to hire a team of stylists. It's an occupational hazard. But it's not as though I am any less of a feminist. -Swara Bhaskar

Being unapologetic about my body, my sexuality, my life's decisions is a political belief that, as a feminist, I strongly espouse. -Swara Bhaskar

The beauty of being a feminist is that you get to be whatever you want. And that's the point. -Shonda Rhimes

We do need women in civic life. We do need women to run for office, to be in political office. We need a feminist to be at the table when decisions are being made so that the right decisions will be made. -Dolores Huerta

My nature is feminist. How could you not be a feminist and be alive? The world is full of brilliant, interesting women. -Ali Smith

I think in the '80s, we certainly wrestled with what was the role of 'Playboy Magazine' in a post-sexual revolution, post-feminist world. -Christie Hefner

To me, saying you're not a feminist should be like saying you're a racist. It should be that politically unacceptable. -Christie Hefner

Being a feminist is being equal to do what a man do. -Cardi B

The truth is, none of us is OK, not really. The best, most dear, most thoughtful and engaged and open and feminist men in my life have occasionally come out with some statement that's made me gasp. Then again, so have almost all the women. -Naomi Alderman

I hope that there are many more women out there writing bits of feminist sci-fi. And men, also – men are allowed to write feminist things. -Naomi Alderman

I've always been a reader of science fiction, and I have loved a lot of feminist science fiction. -Naomi Alderman

Writers of feminist dystopian fiction are alert to the realities that grind down women's lives, that make the unthinkable suddenly thinkable. -Naomi Alderman

Sometimes it feels like the feminist movement never happened. -Maxine Peake

Despite erasure by the media and other patriarchal institutions, there was, by 1975, a substantial body of feminist writings as well as artwork, music, films, and organization of all kinds. -Mary Daly

I remember when 'A League of Their Own' was coming out in '92, when I was doing interviews, it seemed like every interviewer at some point would say, 'So… would you consider this a feminist movie?' People are worried that it's a taboo thing, so I took great relish in saying, 'Yes, I would. Write that, yes.' -Geena Davis

Violence against women is a huge issue. A good feminist should be working on that – making the world a safer place for girls and women, wherever they live. -Chirlane McCray

I am proud to represent the first explicitly feminist government in the world, and one that has been at the forefront of advocating for greater attention to women, peace, and security. -Isabella Lovin

Any woman's right to self-identify is a personal freedom I fight for, and those women who claim trans women are not women are perpetuators of gender-based oppression, and all feminists should be upset and moved to action against this. -Janet Mock

Reproductive rights are about body and medical autonomy: our collective and deeply personal right to choose what we want to do to/with our bodies. Trans people and feminists should be building natural alliances here. -Janet Mock

When I was young and less wise, I thought that being a feminist meant being independent. It meant not sacrificing your needs for anyone else's and not relying on anyone else for even a smidgen of your happiness or well being. -Emily V. Gordon

I took my teaching responsibilities very seriously… I taught some great courses: Legal history to feminist theory, courses in American mass culture… I love teaching – I mean really love it. -Eva Moskowitz

I am a mother now, and I'm a mother to a son, and I want him to go into the world a feminist. I want him to go into the world with compassion for humanity. -Karyn Kusama

Polanski is a great example of a person whose personal life clearly has been just fraught with scandal and transgression and criminal acts. And yet, in 'Rosemary's Baby,' I think he's made one of the crowning feminist statements in film. -Karyn Kusama

I used to sort of consider myself a feminist, an environmentalist, and I still have some of that in me, but I've done so many offensive comedies, I'm now worn down to a little nub of… nub of an activist. -Anna Faris

Freedom of expression is essential for feminists and dissidents in the Muslim world. -Deeyah Khan

I'm a woman of colour. I am the daughter of immigrants. I am a Muslim. I am a feminist. I am a lefty liberal. -Deeyah Khan

I couldn't reconcile being a progressive feminist with being the mother of a male: advocating for policies that discriminated against him and targeted him simply for his sex, advocating an ideology that was a direct contradiction to my role as a mother to protect and nurture my child. -Dana Loesch

Even if feminists tear down the bogeyman patriarchy and dominate men in all areas of life, they still won't be happy because deep down, they'll know it's a false victory. Achievement obtained by lowering your opponent to your standard as opposing to rising and surpassing their standard of output isn't achievement. It's mediocrity. -Dana Loesch

Maybe even at six or seven, I knew that, sweet as they were on the surface, all fairy tales needed a feminist shake up. -Sarah Pinborough

I'll be on the street and go up to people – 'Have you read a comic book before? Well, here's one.' You've got your pro-life people, your pro-choice people, your feminists. I'm a comicbooks activist. -Rob Liefeld

I never really considered myself much of a feminist until I left Wall Street. I did all the right things – such as put together gender-diverse teams – but feminism wasn't deep in my bones. -Sallie Krawcheck

I'm a feminist with a capital 'F' and have always had a passion for policy. -Reshma Saujani

I understand this fear of the word 'feminism,' and I understand the fear of saying it because it becomes as divisive as 'sexism' has become. But I know a lot of male feminists. -Abi Morgan

When you see in this country and every other part of the world the huge pay disparity – in Hollywood, in every profession in the U.K., globally – and you see what is happening to women in every country socially and culturally, you can't not be a feminist. -Abi Morgan

Now I would say I'm absolutely a feminist writer. -Abi Morgan

Lizzie Magie was a pretty astonishing woman. She was an outspoken feminist, she had acted, she had done some performing, she had written some poetry, and she was a game designer. -Mary Pilon

Wonder Woman is most definitely a feminist, or a humanist, in no uncertain terms. Her prime goal in life is to teach peaceful coexistence and equality. -George Perez

I'm not in the slightest wanting to attack the women's movement here. But I think that in popular, broadly left-wing, broadly feminist discourse, there is a tendency to just label discrimination against women – and embedded assumptions about them – as misogyny and think 'job done.' -Mary Beard

My own belief is all men should be feminists, and with enthusiasm. -Andy Dunn

There is no question I consider myself a feminist, but I also think the term 'feminist' has become a topical thing to say without backing it up with any real action. -Cole Sprouse

I'm not a feminist. -Stacey Dash

As I started to explore my gender identity, I didn't know how I could claim the title of 'feminist' without subscribing to the gender binary. I thought I had to be a proud woman to be a feminist. Then I came to the realization that I can be proud of women without necessarily identifying as one. -Amandla Stenberg

I'm a feminist. -Nina Tassler

I feel confident that I'm presenting myself in a feminist way that is good for young women. -Bel Powley

I've set the bar high in terms of having a very feminist attitude towards how I present my body. -Bel Powley

Although I often find that the feminist rhetoric – not feminism – can come across as simple-minded, self-regarding, nuance-averse and reductive – biology to physiology, history to psychology, procreation to gynecology, and so on – I have come to realize that we should all be feminists. -Neri Oxman

I have never met a feminist who didn't have a father. -Brian Azzarello

I'm a writer and a feminist of color, and I've written complex, powerful women for my entire career. I'm just one voice, but there are many others like me. -Marjorie Liu

Take 'Ex Machina.' Everyone said it was one of the great feminist works of science fiction. But what I found disappointing is that everything about the main female character is defined by men. -Marjorie Liu

My family is very feminist, and they consider that Islam is not a super feminist religion, which I know people can argue about. But that's – anyway that's how I was brought up, so it would be odd for me to suddenly just up and start wearing a headscarf. -Elif Batuman

Being a feminist is not about how successful, talented, and assertive you are in your own life. It's about whether you support the struggle to overcome the limiting gendered stereotypes and barriers that force so many women to restrict their aspirations as workers, to fulfill their aspirations as parents, and force so many men to do the opposite. -Stephanie Coontz

I grew up in a small town in the Mojave Desert where conservative Republicans were as common as cacti. Inexplicably, I grew up liberal and a feminist. -Sabaa Tahir

Throughout her career, many women would view Mrs. Clinton as an imperfect vessel for the feminist cause. She was a Yale-educated lawyer who, at the height of the 1970s women's movement, moved to Arkansas to put her own ambitions on hold in furtherance of her husband's career. -Amy Chozick

I think I'm a feminist, hopefully by example. I just feel it's important to do as much as I can as a woman, to the best of my ability. -Cornelia Parker

After leaving college, I was in a show called Sculpture by Women where I was asked to talk about my history of victimisation in art, and I genuinely didn't think I had been victimised. Although I obviously believe in a lot of the feminist aspirations, I was wary about being dragged down by the politics of it. -Cornelia Parker

My whole life, I have considered myself a feminist. -O. T. Fagbenle

It's funny because I was looking back on my Instagram,, and I saw that I had a bunch of feminist posts but that was all before 'Handmaid's Tale.' -O. T. Fagbenle

I try to encourage myself to act in a way that supports gender equality, and I call that feminist. Whatever word people want to use to call that, I'm not really attached to a label. -O. T. Fagbenle

I am a feminist. -Michelle Wolf

The thing that I would say you get the most hate about on social media, in my experience, is if you tweet anything about women's rights or feminism. It blows my mind. But it's the thought of not being a feminist that actually blows my mind. -Ellen Page

While 'Twilight''s popularity was undeniable among both the teenagers they were aimed at and middle-aged women who flocked to the series in droves, Meyer has drawn her share of criticism for her writing. Some feminist critics assailed what they saw as Bella's mooning over her vampire lover. -Michelle Dean

I've come, even as a feminist, to dread the phrase 'female friendship,' because it tends to signal overdetermined relationships. -Michelle Dean

If you go into the mainstream with a female perspective that seems to resonate with a lot of people, you have a political agenda imposed on you: you are told that you are a feminist. -Phoebe Waller-Bridge

I see the portrayal of any believable female character as feminist. -Phoebe Waller-Bridge

I get asked a lot about being a woman within the industry and how difficult it is, and yeah, it is – but it's difficult for everybody… I'm not a 'burn-your-bra' feminist. -Jessie Buckley

I think we are the first feminist or first attempt at a feminist dating app. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

Black women's intersectional experiences of racism and sexism have been a central but forgotten dynamic in the unfolding of feminist and antiracist agendas. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

I think that the same kind of openness and fluidity and willingness to interrogate power that we, as feminists, expect from men in alliance on questions of class should also be the expectation that women of colour can rely upon with our white feminist allies. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

We're never going to come to a moment where all of us who claim to be feminists can agree about what the first priority of feminism is. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

I'm a feminist, and I am a man for choice. -Tony Goldwyn

I spent seven seasons on 'Mad Men,' playing what became considered a very feminist character. -Elisabeth Moss

I've always considered myself a feminist. But, like a lot of women of my generation, I didn't think we had to fight for it. I thought it was all done. I took so much for granted. -Elisabeth Moss

I used to think the word 'feminist' reeked of insecurity. A woman who needed to state that she was equal to a man might as well be shouting that she was smart or brave. If you were, you wouldn't need to say it. -Paulina Porizkova

My name is Paulina Porizkova, and I am a feminist. -Paulina Porizkova

My readers are surprisingly mixed. I have conservative readers – for instance, women with headscarves – but also many liberal, leftist, feminist, nihilist, environmentalist, and secularist readers. Next to those are mystics, agnostics, Kurds, Turks, Alevis, Sunnis, gays, housewives, and businesswomen. -Elif Safak

I'm out about my misogyny. Most men are misogynists, and most women are feminists. I work with a lot of women. They have their finger on the pulse of things. But women do things to other women that men would never do to other men. -Brad Garrett

I don't know if I'm a feminist, but I just know that I am all for outspoken, powerful women. -Mac Miller

As a woman in Saudi Arabia, you have one of two options. You either lose your mind – which at first happened to me because I fell into a deep depression – or you become a feminist. -Mona Eltahawy

For years, despite my inner doubts, I represented to others my choice to veil as a feminist one. -Mona Eltahawy

As a feminist of Egyptian and Muslim descent, my life's work has been informed by the belief that religion and culture must never be used to justify the subjugation of women. -Mona Eltahawy

To this day I have no idea what dissident professor or librarian placed feminist texts on the bookshelves at the university library in Jeddah, but I found them there. They filled me with terror. I understood they were pulling at a thread that would unravel everything. -Mona Eltahawy

For some reason, the word 'feminist' freaks people out, but when you look it up, all it means is equal opportunity. -Maddie Marlow

Radical feminists are often highly conservative in many areas except for women's rights, and LGBT activists can be the same. -Andreja Pejic

My wife is a social worker and a feminist, and it feels natural to me to have these relationships with these powerhouse women that I have had. -Jay Duplass

My consciousness is a process, and that includes my relationship with my husband. His being white doesn't make me any less black or invested in black issues, the same way him being a man doesn't make me any less of a feminist. -Franchesca Ramsey

I don't think I'm inherently feminist. I think the universe wants me to be feminist, and I think I resonate with that. I think it just chose me to be this female energy… thing. And I'm very drawn to female energy, but I don't really have any prerequisites in feminism. I just roll with it. -SZA

I don't mind the term 'feminist.' -Jenny Mollen

Any story about a powerful woman owning herself in any way is automatically deemed feminist. -Madeline Brewer

I am 150 percent the first person to say it: I am a feminist through and through. -Madeline Brewer

For me, a feminist is a self-empowered woman who strives to move things forward for not only women but also men in terms of freedom and liberation. -Lotte Verbeek

My parents are both massive feminists and always led me to believe that I could dream big and do anything that I wanted in my life, almost to a delusional degree. -Jennifer Hyman

I'm not a feminist. -Tash Sultana

Beyonce is very outspoken on feminist issues. So I think that's good. That could be brought to the forefront more. -Aretha Franklin

I'lI say this: I recall entering Congress in 1971 and being called a 'feminist' by members of my own party as if it was a dirty word. They didn't realize that I wore that label as a badge of honor. -Ron Dellums

I'm a body positive, fat-loving feminist. That's who I am off-screen. -Natasha Rothwell

I think that idea of 'because I'm sexy, I'm a feminist' is kind of immature. But as long as women think being sexy is what makes them beautiful and powerful… then it will continue. -Ann Wilson

We had a mother who could have been called a feminist. That's just how we were raised. Why do you have to go sulk off in some corner because you are a girl? What's the big deal? -Ann Wilson

There was an angry wave in the '70s, a strong feminist angry wave. I remember thinking – oh my God – I thought it was the beginning of something, and it all went quiet. -Viv Albertine

'Al Jamilat' is not just feminist. It's an album with songs that feature women: women who are in love, rebellious women, political activists, women who are more submissive, women who are in charge. -Yasmine Hamdan

I think 'The Handmaid's Tale' always had that power since it was written over 30 years ago. This extraordinary piece of feminist literature had its fan base then, but TV has given it an enormous reach. -Joseph Fiennes

I identify as a feminist but subscribe to the pretty basic definition of a feminist as 'someone who seeks equality between the sexes.' -Lauren Mayberry

I had somebody say to me once, 'You can't make the kind of music you're making and call yourself a feminist.' The door was slammed on them swiftly after that. -Lauren Mayberry

People say Taylor Swift's not feminist enough or Beyonce's not feminist enough, but there are 12-year-old girls going to their shows and taking an awesome message. -Lauren Mayberry

We were quickly labeled as an outspoken feminist band, which I'm totally fine with. -Lauren Mayberry

People have said it's hypocritical for me to call myself a feminist and make the kind of music we are making, because we signed to a major in the U.K., and that system objectifies women. Or people have complained that I don't dance. But I like the idea that I can stomp around the stage if I want. -Lauren Mayberry

I think women have always been funny. But when Tina Fey became head writer at 'Saturday Night Live,' the culture shifted, and women gained a bigger voice in comedy. It's not as if Hollywood producers are feminists. It's more that Hollywood said, ''Bridesmaids' made us so much money, all we want now is funny women.' -Cecily Strong

I think I'm always inspired by really, really funny, amazing women, but I'm also inspired by really funny, amazing men. I think there's more of a feminist voice, like with Amy Schumer being out right now, whom I adore. -Cecily Strong

Yes, I believe in equality. But I don't like the word 'feminist,' because it's such a rational belief to think that women are equal to men, and I'm a rational person. You shouldn't be labeled for being reasonable. -Michael Che

My first marriage was ruined by feminist indoctrination. -Mike Cernovich

It's time for the aesthetics of upwardly mobile feminist respectability to make room for the aesthetics of survival, particularly trans survival. -Hari Nef

I'm fun, ruthless, articulate, impatient, maybe a little cavalier. I'm a woman and a feminist. I'm transgender. I'm an actress, a reluctant writer, occasionally a potato-shaped model. -Hari Nef

When I first read Helen Weinzweig's 'Basic Black with Pearls' several years ago, I emerged in the sort of daze that happens when a book seems to ferret out your most secret thoughts and hopes. Since then, I've described the book to others as an 'interior feminist espionage novel.' -Sarah Weinman

'Basic Black with Pearls' contains overt references to Virginia Woolf and covert ones to feminist classics like Kate Chopin's 'The Awakening' and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper.' The scholar Ruth Panofsky, who writes extensively about Weinzweig, sees echoes of George Eliot. -Sarah Weinman

If you were really a feminist, you'd support housewives. You'd see them as the heroes and women who work as just wasting their time! -Gavin McInnes

I do consider myself a postfeminist. I just want women to have choices – they can be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, or they can be stay-at-home mothers and raise their kids as a job. -Meghan McCain

I will stand for equality, and that doesn't mean giving me reservation. I would like to fight for it; just give me a fair chance. That's what being a feminist is. -Taapsee Pannu

I am a self-proclaimed feminist in a lot of ways, but I am not going to say that I will take a pink flag and run to India Gate with that. -Taapsee Pannu

If you're unhappy with your circumstances, then change them. Don't blame the government or your boss or the guy down the street who's better looking than you (exceptions include Hugh Jackman and George Clooney). Just take some Pepto-Bismol and be a man (or woman, for all of you bullish feminists). -Steven Crowder

I think that it is too common for white feminists to say, 'We want some diversity. Come join our movement about gender, but we want you to check the class and race at the door.' And you can't undo that braid of race, class, and gender: all three intersect with each other, so it's important for more education to be done about that. -Rachel Dolezal

I don't really consider myself to be a super feminist. -Stormy Daniels

I think that any female who gets asked if she's a feminist… it's silly… it's so interesting when people ask females if they're a feminist. Of course every female wants to be equal! -Melanie Martinez

I can't even relate to the idea of raising a feminist. -Laurie Simmons

With the feminist movement – a good movement which I support – there's been more overt criticism of the male, an attitude that men are failing to understand the finer nature of women, failing to appreciate their needs, failing to support them, failing to be compassionate. -Steven Berkoff

I've never considered myself a feminist, but I'm happy that I've been raised as a strong, independent woman. -Shruti Haasan

Fifth Harmony are all feminists. It's our duty to reach out to people and let them know a woman can be just as powerful as a man can be. -Dinah Jane

I'm an old feminist and member of the anti-Nazi league. -Anna Soubry

There are lots of ways to be a feminist. Beyonce, for example, is a beautiful example of feminine sensuality and is still really powerful. My character and my inner essence is more like an awkward 15-year-old boy, like a teenager backstage, like, 'Yeah, what's up?' That's what I'm trying to channel. -Christine and the Queens

I think most feminists are very smart. -Ali Wong

I am an opinionated feminist. I can never say or do anything against women. -Bhumi Pednekar

I keep saying this: If you're not a feminist, you're a bad person. -Kalki Koechlin

Being a feminist means asking for equality. But people take it the other way at times. It is looked down upon is because it is seen as man-hating. But, feminism is a really crazy idea that suggests men and women are equal. -Kalki Koechlin

I'm a feminist, so it's just a really nice creative energy to work with a lot of women. -Maggie Rogers

I think I was a feminist before being born. I had a feminist chromosome somewhere. -Agnes Varda

Until feminists started wailing about the female's passivity, submissiveness, and something called 'victim status,' I had no idea women were such doormats. My childhood was populated by Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Pearl Buck, Marie Curie, Clare Boothe Luce, and the Duchess of Windsor. -Florence King

Any woman who has ever worked in a gutsy male environment knows that the correct response to a randy remark is an even more salacious retort. But timid feminists don't see it that way. To them, the proper reply is a lawsuit – that safe, modern version of the old slap in the face. -Florence King

Women's writing was coming along fine until feminists came along and turned it into Women's Lit. -Florence King

Feminists, I hasten to add, are not all bad. In fact, they are an ideal bellwether, an invaluable aid in helping me form opinions on issues that I don't have time to keep up with. If the feminists are for it, I'm against it; if the feminists are against it, I'm for it. -Florence King

Until the mid-seventies, the traditional or classic lesbian was always a spinster and often a tweedy intellectual, with a stark glamour that titillated men and women alike. This is the woman that feminists destroyed when they pressured the media for 'positive images' of lesbians. -Florence King

We always had a lot of admiration for feminists who were out there trying to change things for the better for women, who were trying to find equality in the workplace and at home. -Nancy Wilson

I'm a huge feminist, I majored in sociology at college, and I care about what I put into the world. -Beanie Feldstein

I only ever want to be a part of something that feels good to me, because I'm such a feminist and a believer in the power of women and the stories we have to tell. -Beanie Feldstein

Growing up with a bold feminist in my mother, I witnessed her march magnificently from mini to maxi, fashions so obviously linked to powerful statements of female progression, equality and recognition. I knew no other than freedom of expression in all the forms it came in; art, theatre, fashion, literature and music. -Esther McVey

Pro-life feminists believe in women and their ability. Pro-choice feminists only see women as weak and something to be exploited. -Abby Johnson

I wanted to show everyone that I can be… romantic one day. I can be sexy the other day. I can be crazy. I can be serious. I can be boss. I can be feminist, and I still don't lose my way to be, you know? -Anitta

What I never seem to understand about feminist-bashing conservative women is their inability to see how ironic it is that they attend political rallies, share their opinions, and cast their ballots when the America they're nostalgic about wouldn't allow them to do any of those things. -Ana Kasparian

I think being a feminist is to each her own. It's kind of like asking someone what being a woman means to them. We should all be feminists. We should all want equality. -Kiersey Clemons

The leaders of the Women's March, arguably the most prominent feminists in the country, have some chilling ideas and associations. Far from erecting the big tent so many had hoped for, the movement they lead has embraced decidedly illiberal causes and cultivated a radical tenor that seems determined to alienate all but the most woke. -Bari Weiss

I believe that facts serve feminists far better than faith. That due process is better than mob rule. -Bari Weiss

Christina Hoff Sommers is a self-identified feminist and registered Democrat with a Ph.D. in philosophy and a wicked sense of humor. -Bari Weiss

We need a feminist movement that is robust enough to survive women who have preyed on others without trying to justify their behavior or maligning their victims. -Bari Weiss

We need a feminist movement in which the facts of the case trump the identities of the parties involved. -Bari Weiss

I realized that, as a woman, you have an obligation to be a feminist. -Sadie Sink

When going out on a date, I think there are certain old-fashioned manners that I still enjoy. I don't mean that as an anti-feminist comment. I just mean it as a pro-women comment. There must be a place for us to exist and our differences to exist without one taking away from the other. -Rachael Stirling

You can't be a feminist in the United States and stand up for the rights of the American woman and then say that you don't want to stand up for the rights of Palestinian women in Palestine. It's all connected. -Linda Sarsour

There's nothing antifeminist about showing a lovely body; it's part of the person you are. -Margaret Trudeau

Oh, am I a feminist? I usually say that I was an accidental feminist. Really, I was just being me. -Margaret Trudeau

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