Gloria Steinem

Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, and Civil War nurse

"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes

" To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others. Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart. Kindness can change the lives of people." ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

Pearl Buck (1892-1973), writer, civil rights activist, winner 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents. Taken to China at 3 months old. Graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1914. Masters from Cornell University in 1925. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency.

Maya Angelou

“I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?” —the Dalai Lama XIV

I am a woman and I have these human rights.

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~ Lena Horne

Patrick Stewart (whose mom was a victim of abuse) uses his voice to defend the rights of women and girls. This is a feminist.

"Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves. " -Betty Friedan

This is what a feminist looks like.

"For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?" - bell hooks

Gloria Steinem (1934 - ) and Dorothy Pitman Hughes (1938 - ), 1972 Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, prompting her to work toward stopping that from happening to other people. Among her many accomplishments, she raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail, she helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet, and she founded an agency... Photo credit: Dan Bagan

Gloria Steinem's thoughts about Obama, equality and the economy

Anaïs Nin

This is just all sorts of awesomeness. Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinem.