March 8th was International Women's Day, but as one of my gorgeous friends declared, 'Surely, one day is not enough.' Hear, hear!
Therefore, without further ado, here are 13 of my favourite quotes about women, by women writers:
"When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her."
-- Adrienne Rich
"There are women who make things better... simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who- through strength and courage- make it through. There are women who change the world everyday... Women like you."
-- Ashley Rice
"How can you be so many women to so many strange people, oh you strange girl?"
-- Sylvia Plath
"It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
-- Maya Angelou (Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women)
"Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?"
-- Germaine Greer
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."
-- Anaïs Nin
"We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly."
-- Margaret Atwood
"Even for women without children, trading hours that produce income for hours that produce “only” art seems like a foolish decision. What a loss for the world, though, to have women's voices silenced because art is our last priority."
-- Holly Robinson
"My gran had always told me that a woman--any woman worth her salt--could do whatever she had to."
-- Charlaine Harris (Dead to the World)
"I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives."
-- Jane Austen
"a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is going to write..."
-- Virginia Woolf
"Have you seen this woman?
I am considered harmless.
Armed and dangerous.
But only to me."
-- Sandra Cisneros
"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart."
-- Erma Bombeck
Which one do you like best?
Photo 'Look into My Eye' by Poe Tatum, available under a creative commons license. © 2008, Poe Tatum.