The conversation about feminism is a continuing one. I doubt we'll ever be finished talking about the injustices that plague women all over the world and it's pretty fantastic that powerful women continue to come out as feminists and speak truth to the patriarchy. Even just last week, some awesome public figures spoke about feminism.
I could collect a list of impactful quotes about feminism from history. Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Gloria Steinem all have endless words of wisdom that empower and inspire the women who come after them. However, to remind us that this is still a completely relevant issue, it might be more meaningful to showcase the very recent quotes from Aug. 2-8, 2015.
Yes, we can vote. We can own property and divorce our husbands. But there's still so much to do. We need some new words that will motivate us to push for the things we don't have yet. We need words that will remind us that we don't have fair pay or paid family leave. We need fighting words because every day, we are objectified, cat-called, discriminated against, and judged. To provide a snapshot of the week's feminism dialogue, here are 14 quotes on feminism from last week:
I want to say to my Republican colleagues: The year is 2015, not 1955 and not 1895. Women have lived through a world where backward-looking ideologies try to interfere with the basic health decisions made by a woman and her doctor. And we are not going back. Not now, not ever.
Right before the Senate voted on whether to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Warren defended the non-profit. The measure did not go through, a victory for feminism.
What I really realized I was doing wrong was dieting and training and doing all of these things that I didn’t even like to get this idea of the body that I wanted. I was focused on the results, instead of the process. I was unhappy and thought that when I got the right body I would be happy. But I was going at it backwards. I had to make myself happy first and then the body came.
Rousey took a very feminist approach to body image in an interview with Yahoo. The literal fighter has a ways to go, though, when it comes to making feminism look good. Two years ago, she made some transphobic comments when discussing her competition.
Clinton was ready to battle for women's health care this week.
I'm proud to be a feminist. I think everybody in this room is proud to be a feminist. I’ve just got an email from Gloria Steinem. I still cannot believe I’m in a position to communicate with her.
Schumer said this at a press conference on Saturday. It's wonderful to see emerging feminists who are still inspired by previous generations.
I feel really bad for that kid that I was who was discovered on a street corner at age 17 and a half. I got battered around, and it was a very treacherous place with no protection. I feel really bad for her, but what I’m trying to do is make it better for the next girl. We need the men to help too. We can do this.
In an interview with The New York Observer, filmmaker and actress McGowan talked about feminism and Hollywood.
Sen. Gillibrand, one of the most feminist congresspeople working today, reminded her followers that not all women have paid sick days. This issue puts women behind in the workplace.
If you just look at the sheer numbers, in terms of how many female filmmakers there are out there, there are very few. But I’m optimistic. I think things are changing, and they have to change.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Skarsgård reflected on inequality in Hollywood. He said he thinks it's insane that sexism still exists.
I don't want to see another woman elected to office in this country have to go to the extremes I did in order to beat back these efforts. It shouldn't have to be that way.
Davis is a state senator from Texas who became famous for filibustering a restrictive abortion bill. She published an essay this week called, "Women in Congress Should Never Have to Filibuster Again Over Reproductive Health."
How can you really tell the story of a culture when you don't include all the voices within the culture? Otherwise, it's just the history, and the story, of power.
The New York Times published a story on the Guerrilla Girls, the women who protested the lack of female artists showcased in museums. One of them made this statement.
Today, less than one quarter of the world’s leaders are women. We need more. Because when women lead, the world changes.
UN Women released a new PSA last week. The video features actress and model Markle.
This was my dream job. I never thought I would want to quit.
Rahmani is Afghanistan's first fixed-wing military female pilot and gave an interview with The Wall Street Journal. She has received threats that pressure her to quit.
Richards is the president of Planned Parenthood. She uses her Twitter account to promote women's health care issues.
Clinton isn't the only candidate talking about feminism. Sanders is promoting the issue in his campaign, as well.
You know, I gave birth to two premature kids and I just don’t like lectures by men about what it’s like.
Sen. Boxer shut down Sen. James Lankford when he told the story of a friend giving birth to a premature baby that is now perfectly healthy. She is a powerful advocate for women's health.