This week marked, the mother of modern feminism, Gloria Steinem’s 79th birthday. Regardless of what you may think of the feminist movement, the world, as we know it today wouldn’t be the same without her.

On the frontlines as a journalist, theorist, speaker and activist of issues such as abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment and labor rights, she continues to challenge and inspire us to strive for equality in our work and home lives.

Ms. Steinem’s incredible journey has been captured in the HBO documentary, “Gloria: In Her Own Words.” Among her many achievements she is the co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, New York and Ms. magazines, president and co-founder of Voters for Choice and founder of the Women’s Action Alliance. She is also the author of several bestsellers and the winner of numerous awards for her advocacy work.

Known for her intellect, outspokenness, humor and quick wit, we’ve put together some of our all-time favorite Gloria quotes:


“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”

“A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”

“Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.”

“I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.”

“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.”

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

“Whatever you want to do, just do it…Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential.”

“I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”

“One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the Earth!”

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”