BIO Classroom

BIO Classroom

Women's History Inspirations

Solemn or sassy, women have always had something important to say.

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady, 1776

If women could go into your Congress, I think justice would soon be done to the Indians.
Sara Winnemucca, Piute tribe activist, 1883

I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights.
Inez Milholland, Suffragist 1909

Women more than men can strip war of its glamour and its out-of-date heroisms and patriotisms, and see it as a demon of destruction and hideous wrong.
Lillian Wald, reformer and peace activist, 1914

I was just born to swing, that's all.
Lil Hardin Armstrong, bandleader, 1930's

Modern dance isn't anything except one thing in my mind: the freedom of women in America.
Martha Graham, choreographer, 1946

Maybe we weren't at the Last Supper, but we're certainly going to be at the next one.
Bella Abzug, Congresswoman, 1977

I do not know the word 'quit.' Either I never did, or I have abolished it.
Susan Butcher, Iditarod winner, 1988

No matter how successful I become as a playwright, my mother would be thrilled to hear me tell her that I'd just lost twenty pounds, gotten married and become a lawyer.
Wendy Wasserstein, playwright

Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Mae Jemison, astronaut

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
Roseanne Barr

There are no good girls gone wrong - just bad girls found out.
Mae West

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Theresa, social activist

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Maya Angelou, African American poet

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher, British politician

[at Wellesley College Commencement] Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well!
Barbara Bush, First Lady

[speech at Yale University] Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Gloria Steinem, feminist

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis Joplin, American singer

We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.
Bella Abzug, lawyer