If you're planning to take to the streets on Monday in protest of the 45th President of the United States and his administration's treatment of women, people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, religious minorities, and people with disabilities, you need these
feminist quotes from books for your "Not My Presidents Day" march signs. Not only are the 20 excerpts below feminist and fiercely pro-woman, but they're also pro- book: something the 45th POTUS and his regime — I'm looking at you, Betsy — don't seem to be.
Feb. 20 has been named as a day of resistance to the new administration. Across the U.S. and Europe, groups of artists, musicians, and outraged citizens have planned demonstrations of dissent on the federal holiday. BAD AND NASTY — described as "a looseknit coalition of artists, activists, media makers, theater folk, web geeks, designers, performers, writers, concerned citizens, and [whatever YOU may be that is not in the list above]" — have released a guide to connecting locally-organized events with their national resistance movement.
The time has come again to
buy up all of the cardboard, markers, and pink yarn your local craft store has to offer. Read through the list below to find your inspiration, and share your favorite feminist quotes from books with me on Twitter!
"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."
"If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."
"What happens when you let an unsatisfactory present go on long enough? It becomes your entire history."
"My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me."
"I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."
"I hate men who are afraid of women's strength."
"Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper."
"If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?"
"Freedom is dangerous but it's precious, too. You can't just throw it away or let it slip away. You can't sell it for bread and pottage."
"Women are never so strong as after their defeat."
"Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world."
"Sometimes we have to do the work even though we don't yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it's actually going to be possible."
"Conscience, the most terrifying thing in the world."
"I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in."
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down."
"If they put an iron circle around your neck I will bite it away."
"You have to live in the world to say anything meaningful about it."
"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."
"Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves."