Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.
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- Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.
- We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come.
- Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.
- The suffering of either sex — of the male who is unable, because of the way in which he was reared, to take the strong initiating or patriarchal role that is still demanded of him, or of the female who has been given too much freedom of movement as a child to stay placidly within the house as an adult — this suffering, this discrepancy, this sense of failure in an enjoined role, is the point of leverage for social change.
- The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women, but I sometimes think to myself: That is not what I meant by freedom — it is only social progress.
- The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact.