Thoughts on women and power

Published: Jun 25, 2016


“You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”
—Margaret Thatcher

“I do not wish [women] to have power over men, but over themselves.”
—Mary Wollstonecraft


“I’m not a member of the weaker sex.”
—Lauren Bacall

“Disguise our bondage as we will, ’tis woman, woman, rules us still.”
—Thomas Moore


“Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealised into powerlessness.”
—Erica Jong

“It takes a woman 20 years to make a man of her son, and another woman 20 minutes to make a fool of him.”
—Helen Rowland


“One day, an army of grey-haired women may quietly take over the earth.”
—Gloria Steinem

“If women understand by emancipation the adoption of the masculine role, then we are lost indeed.”
—Germaine Greer


“The vote, I thought, means nothing to women. We should be armed.”
—Edna O’Brien

“The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it’.”
—Genesis 3:12


“I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.”
—Alanis Morissette


“Women now figure so prominently in business and industrial life that steps should be taken to bring the order of things into harmony therewith.”
—BC Forbes


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.”
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton


Images: Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Erica, Edna, Bc Forbes : Getty Images; Alanis, Splash News / Newscom

(This story appears in the 08 July, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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