Each February, the search for feminist quotes about romance winds up being harder than it should be. As a celebration of romantic love, Valentine's Day highlights how much pressure is put on women to find fulfillment in another person — not exactly the kind of idea that promotes gender equality. On the other hand, nobody wants to come across like they don't love and value their partner. Usually, the easiest option is just to grit your teeth and buy the least heteronormative Valentine's Day card you can find, which is a tall enough order in the first place.
Although feminist quotes about love may seem few and far between, they're definitely out there, particularly in the writings of proto-feminist authors like Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. Finding a quote short enough to fit on a Valentine's Day card without resorting to handwriting so tiny as to be illegible, however, is a different story. Fortunately for you all, that's where I come in: Below, you'll find 11 quotes about love from feminists. Sometimes, they're speaking through their characters; other times, it's purely their own thoughts. Most importantly, each is both feminist and concise enough to write on the inside of your loved one's card — check them out below.