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Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It's much sexier than any body part.-- Aimee Mullins

I never feel more confident or more pretty on the inside than when I'm being Ugly Betty. There's a light that shines from the inside. -- America Ferrara
One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. -- Marlo Thomas

Women and men have to fight together to change society -- and both will benefit. Partnership, not dependence, is the real romance in marriage. -- Muriel Fox
If women navigate skillfully, not only do they advance but they also leave a positive mark on the entire culture of the organization. But if they don't navigate well, they get frustrated, and stalled, and often wind up reinforcing the values they had hoped o challenge. -- Debra E. Meyerson

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. -- Susan B. Anthony

Woman must cease to consider herself the object of man's lust.
-- Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

God's grace never descends upon a man who is a slave to lust.
-- Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

At the end, I get a bit tired of constantly having to prove. We had to prove genocide, we had to prove that our women are being raped, that our children have been killed. Every time I take a statement from these women, and you journalists want to interview them, I imagine those people, disinterested, sitting in a nice house with a hamburger and beer, switching channels on TV. I really don't know what else has to happen here, what further suffering the Muslims have to undergo...to make the so-called civilised world react." -- Selma Hecimovic, who looked after Bosnian women who had been raped.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.

-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) Declaration of Sentiments, First Women's Rights Convention, Seneca Falls, New York , July 19-20, 1848

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 or a prostitute. -- Rebecca West

The capabilities of women are incredible. Any society that doesn't fully encourage woamn to reach for their complete potential is insane. -- Bill Purdin

Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. -- Mary Wollstonecraft

The Final Report: Women's Demographics in the 1990's

Average age of widowhood: 55
Divorce rate: 50%
Wealthy Americans ($500,000+ in assets) who are women: 40%
Life expectancy of women born in 1990's: 7 years longer than men born in the 1990's
Percentage of workforce: 51% (58 million)
Percentage of National Income: 36%
Percentage of businesses owned by women: 30%
Percentage of nation's shareholders: 39%
Women who become wholly responsible for their finances in their lifetime: 90%
Retired women not eligible for pensions: 80%
Working women who do not have a pension: 50%
Women living alone as a percent of all households: 14.7%
Growth in female-headed households 1980 to 1990: 37%

You are born a woman
for the sheer glory of it,
little redhead, beautiful screamer.
You are no second sex,
but the first of the first;
& when the moon's phases
fill out the cycle
of your life,
you will crow
for the joy
of being a woman,
telling the pallid moon
to go drown herself
in the blue ocean,
& glorying, glorying, glorying
in the rosy wonder
of your sunshining wondrous self.

-- Erica Jong, as reprinted in "Praise and Celebration of Daughters"

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters. -- Alice Thomas Ellis

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