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Some people are surprised that the Republicans are waging a war on women, or that they voted against equal pay for women. I’m not surprised at all. In some ways, it may be a good thing. They’re defending the patriarchy, which is a wounded beast! And wounded beasts are always dangerous. Jane Fonda
I am a woman. I am gonna be damaged. I am gonna be crushed. Jane Fonda, cited Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Sky Atlantic 2018
The greatest tyrants over women are women. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
I’ve already told you: the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure. Marquis de Sade
Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues. Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam
Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush! Agatha Christie, Murder on the Links
They were smart and sophisticated, with an air of independence about them, and so casual about their looks and clothes and manners as to be almost slapdash. I don’t know if I realized as soon as I began seeing them that they represented the wave of the future, but I do know I was drawn to them. I shared their restlessness, understood their determination to free themselves of the Victorian shackles of the pre-World War I era and find out for themselves what life was all about. Colleen Moore
The New Woman of the 1920s boldly asserted her right to dance, drink, smoke, and date – to work her own property, to live free of the strictures that governed her mother’s generation ... She flouted Victorian-era conventions and scandalized her parents. In many ways, she controlled her own destiny. Joshua Zeitz, Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
By the 1960s women’s position was changing.’ The Sixties: The Times They are a Changin’: Yesterday, 2014
Contraception: Griswold v Connecticut. ibid
‘Gloria Steinem became a brilliant spokesperson for the Women’s Liberation Movement.’ ibid. Robyn Muncy
‘There were no health and safety laws that applied to farm workers.’ ibid. commentator
In 1995 Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing to make a speech that would echo around the world. ‘For too long the history of women has been a history of silence. It is time to break the silence. To act on behalf of women everywhere.’ Hillary Clinton, The Power of Women, BBC 2015
In the twenty years since that speech there have been more women in power than ever before ... How much of a difference have these women made? ibid.
United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing 4-13 September 1995: The Chinese authorities were terrified. ibid.
Most Afghan women remain impoverished, marginalised and disempowered. ibid.
The Arab Spring ... women were at the forefront of protests. ibid.
Progress around the world since Beijing has been unacceptably slow. ibid.
Mary Shelley’s intellectual gene pool was a rich one; both her parents were revolutionary thinkers. Her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, the founder of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft was a unique woman. Beautiful. Fierce. Independent ... Her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is still taught in colleges today. Professor Robert Winston, Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster
Percy Bysshe Shelley: He was the bad boy of Oxford University. For some time he had been writing long letters to [William] Godwin. ibid.
Mary was Percy’s soul mate. ibid.
Common sense got to Shelley before the bullet did. But he was distraught. Later that night he took an overdose of Laudanum. His two suicide attempts had failed. ibid.
The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement in a manner that would be amusingly absurd were it not so monstrously unjust and socially harmful. Anna Garlin Spencer, Woman’s Share in Social Culture, 1912
Women should be someone and not something. Mary Cassatt
I’m a bad woman. Anna Karenina 2012 starring Keira Knightley & Jude Law & Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Kelly MacDonald & Ruth Wilson & Matthew MacFadyen & Alicia Vikander & Olivia Williams & Emily Watson & Michelle Dockery & Holliday Grainger et al, director Joe Wright
There has never been a better time to be born a woman ... Yet in many parts of the world women do not enjoy the same legal rights of men. Amanda Foreman, The Ascent of Woman I, BBC 2015
Sumeria: In this world women thrived. ibid.
Mesopotamia: The code was a blow to women’s economic and sexual freedom ... The law legalised patriarchy. ibid.
Assyria: This was a world obsessed with male virility. ibid.
Greece: They were barred from the law, the economy, politics, even from mingling in places where citizens conducted their business. ibid.
Rome: They are a world away from the veiled women of ancient Greece. ibid.
In Vietnam warrior princesses led the first revolution against Chinese rule; in Japan women became the creators of national culture; and in China many court women became the power behind the throne. Amanda Foreman, The Ascent of Woman II
The Trung Sisters’ revolution marked the beginning of Vietnamese history. ibid. Madame Hoa, Vietnamese Women’s Union
In a Confucian social order women were at the very very bottom of the pile. ibid.
6th century Constantinople: This is the eastern stronghold of Christianity ... Women are polarized into two simple categories, good, or for the majority – evil. Amanda Foreman, The Ascent of Woman III
Theodora matters because she was the agent of her own destiny; she was the first modern woman to make her own routes to power. ibid.
Hildegard’s writing was too powerful to be ignored. ibid.
Roxelana’s long and blood dynastic struggle had been assured ... She transformed royal sexual politics. ibid.
Revolutions are all too often about exchanging one power dynamic for another leaving women betrayed and excluded from the new societies they had helped to create. Amanda Foreman, The Ascent of Woman IV
Women have defined the very nature of revolution. ibid.
Women stormed Versailles ... This was a mob baying for blood. ibid.
The new Soviet lifestyle, and women were to be the co-builders of the road to Utopia. ibid.