"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead I said that Shariat law should be revised. I want a modern, civilized law, where women are given equal rights. I want no religious law that discriminates, none, period--no Hindu law, no Christian law, no Islamic law. Why should a man be entitled to have four wives? Why should a son get two-thirds of his parents' property when a daughter can inherit only a third? Should I be killed for saying this? . . .
-Taslima Nasrin (Bengali "blasphemer")
"Be wicked, be brave, be drunk, be reckless, be dissolute, be despotic, be an anarchist, be a religious fanatic, be a suffragette, be anything you like, but for pity's sake be it to the top of your bent -- Live-- live fully, live passionately, live disastrously au besoin."
-Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West, October 1918
My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias. -William Allen White (1868-1944) "No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along." -Dr. Joyce Brothers
I will choose what enters me, what becomes flesh of my flesh. Without choice, no politics, no ethics lives. I am not your cornfield, not your uranium mine, not your calf for fattening, not your cow for milking. You may not use me as your factory. Priests and legislators do not hold shares in my womb or my mind. If I give it to you, I want it back. My life is a non-negotiable demand. -Marge Piercy