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I only wish I could interview Gloria Steinem for real. But here follows the extensive interview-stalking of a Gloria Steinem fan, chock-full of her most inspiring and motivational lines.

All about Beyoncé via Harper's Bazaar (interviewer: Lena Dunham):
"I've never really talked to Beyoncé, though I would like to. I was there when she did the Chime for Change concert in London [in 2013], and when she came onstage she said to the audience, which was mostly women, I know life is hard, but we're together. And for the next hour you're safe. So she had me at hello. And then her husband came out midway through, and he sang one verse of her song with her, kissed her on the cheek, and left. I thought, 'Okay, Frank Sinatra would not have done that with one of his wives. It would have been his show.'"

Her opinions on white feminism via Teen Vogue:
"There’s this academic idea of feminism and its origins, which from my personal experience is incomplete. There’s sometimes a divide-and-conquer method. But the first three landmark legal cases that were brought for sexual harassment were filed by black women, and the first person to try to enforce anti-sex discrimination through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was Aileen Hernandez, a black woman. When we launched Ms. magazine, we looked at a 
poll, and the majority of black women supported the goals of feminism. It’s 
always been remembered the other way around, but black women invented feminism disproportionately."

On the social roots of male domestic violence against women via PBS:
"It comes in a very deep sense from teaching men to dominate. If you're going to have a male dominant system, to maintain the system, you have to teach men to dominate. So they come to believe that at a minimum, control is part of masculinity. And some men really, not through their own fault, got born into this culture too, but they get hooked on violence and control as a kind of drug, you know, so that if you talk to men who have been violent against women in their lives, they will speak about it almost like an addiction. I needed a fix, you know, I didn't feel like a real man. She was daring to not have the dinner ready on time, whatever it was that made him feel even marginally out of control, then causes him to respond with violence."

On the inspiration to openly discuss her abortion via NPR:
"So I sat there as a reporter for New York magazine, listening to women tell their stories, you know, that were tragic and ludicrous and every human emotion all wrapped into one. And suddenly, I thought, wait a minute, you know, I had an abortion. And actually, 1 in 3 American women had needed an abortion at some time in her life. So why is this illegal? And why is it dangerous? And it's the kind of revelation that comes from people just telling the truth and discovering you're not alone."


Why opposition to abortion exists via NPR:
"We do need a new wave of telling the truth, I think. However, I'm not surprised by the opposition because it is the basis of (laughter) - of everything. I mean, to be able - the definition of patriarchy is to be able to control reproduction. And that means you have to control women's bodies."

Why it's useless to outlaw abortions via Elle Magazine:
"If you outlaw abortion or make it financially unavailable, it doesn't reduce the number of women who need abortions – which, in this country, is about one in three – it just increases the number of women who are injured and die from forced pregnancies and births."

Gloria Steinem via Getty Images. 

On the freedom of being older via NPR:
"Here's my comparison now. Remember when you were 9 or 10, and you were this independent, little girl climbing trees and saying, I know what I want? I know what I think and so on. That was before gender descended for most of us, as Carol Gilligan has pointed out in her work. After 50, you've theoretically, according to society, had kids, raised them. So your gender role is over. And ironically, I found by 60, you're free again. So you're the same person you were at 9 or 10. Only now you have your own apartment. You can reach the light switch (laughter). You know, you hopefully have a little money so that you can, you know, do what you want. There is, as I was saying then, a whole different country after 60."


The goals of improved representation of women in politics via WNYC
"Our aim should be to humanize society by bringing the values of a woman's culture into it," Steinem said. "Not simply to put an individual woman into a man's place. We do want to take our rightful position in this country, and our rightful position means 50 percent of every elected and appointed body that exists."

In her address to the women's march:
"Sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are."

To find more goals for life or something else to be passionate about, read all of the Word of Mouth series. Or, follow Avocado Theory on Bloglovin'.


  1. These are amazing, thank you for sharing! I really need to read more of her stuff, she seems like a very, very wise woman. :)

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  2. Love all of this!

    Rachel |

  3. I am not sure if I call myself a Feminist but I do like to inspire women and believe that it takes balls to be a women. Although I am not a huge fan of Beyonce, I like the support she offers towards women around the world. Great article and I am totally gonna come back for more on your blog.

  4. I completely agree with what she's saying. I totally think that abortion should be legalised, as she says, having it be illegal won't reduce abortion it will just reduce the number of safe ones. Amazing post, I found it so inspiring x

    |Georgia Megan|

  5. OMG I wish there were more blogs like yours!

  6. This woman! I wish I could read more of her perspective about things happening around, oh how I wish I just could sit beside her and hear her talk. So inspiring! Thank you for sharing :)

  7. Nice read, thanks for sharing!


  8. So good!! Great post!

    Mónica Sors

  9. This is SUCH a cool post idea! And I love who you picked too - Gloria is an inspiration to us all!!

    Sinéad ♥ Fabuleuse Du Jour

  10. Love to read you!!

  11. This makes for some really interesting reading, love the way you've laid out her quotes. A very empowering post <3

    Katrina x

  12. Thanks for sharing these quotes by Beyonce. She is such an inspiring woman and reading this is so empowering

    Adrianna x

  13. Nice sharing :) This is one of my favorite posts that you've done. Edward Gelber, M.D., Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Brooklyn

  14. Nice sharing :) This is one of my favorite posts that you've done. Edward Gelber, M.D., Board-Certified Child Psychiatrist

  15. Great post.


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