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58,807. Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues. (Fault & Virtue & Women) Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam
62,228. 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! (Jazz & Women) Agatha Christie, Murder on the Links
62,229. 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. (1920s & Women) Colleen Moore
62,230. 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. (1920s & Women) Joshua Zeitz, Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
62,242. By the 1960s women’s position was changing.’ (1960s & Women) The Sixties: The Times They are a Changing: Yesterday expert
62,243. Contraception: Griswold v Connecticut. (1960s & Women & Contraception) ibid
62,244. ‘Gloria Steinem became a brilliant spokesperson for the Women’s Liberation Movement.’ (1960s & Women) ibid. Robyn Muncy
62,245. ‘There were no health and safety laws that applied to farm workers.’ (1960s & Women) ibid. commentator
93,569. 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
93,570. 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.
93,571. United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing 4-13 September 1995: The Chinese authorities were terrified. ibid.
93,572. Most Afghan women remain impoverished, marginalised and disempowered. ibid.
93,573. The Arab Spring ... women were at the forefront of protests. ibid.
93,574. Progress around the world since Beijing has been unacceptably slow. ibid.
73,584. 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. (Frankenstein & Horror & Woman & Literature) Professor Robert Winston, Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster
73,585. Percy Bysshe Shelley: he was the bad boy of Oxford University. For some time he had been writing long letters to [William] Godwin. (Frankenstein & Horror & Literature) ibid.
73,586. Mary was Percy’s soul mate. (Frankenstein & Horror & Literature) ibid.
73,587. 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. (Frankenstein & Horror & Suicide & Literature) ibid.
74,596. 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. (Genius & Women & Talent & Feminism) Anna Garlin Spencer, Woman’s Share in Social Culture, 1912
93,575. Women should be someone and not something. Mary Cassatt
87,373. I’m a bad woman. (Russia & Romance & Love & Affair & 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
93,576. 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
93,577. Sumeria: in this world women thrived. ibid.
93,578. Mesopotamia: the code was a blow to women’s economic and sexual freedom ... The law legalised patriarchy. ibid.
93,579. Assyria: this was a world obsessed with male virility. ibid.
93,580. Greece: they were barred from the law, the economy, politics, even from mingling in places where citizens conducted their business. ibid.
93,581. Rome: they are a world away from the veiled women of ancient Greece. ibid.
93,582. 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
93,583. The Trung Sisters’ revolution marked the beginning of Vietnamese history. ibid. Madame Hoa, Vietnamese Women's Union
93,584. In a Confucian social order women were at the very very bottom of the pile. ibid.
93,585. 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
93,586. 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.
93,587. Hildegard’s writing was too powerful to be ignored. ibid.
93,588. Roxelana’s long and blood dynastic struggle had been assured ... She transformed royal sexual politics. ibid.
93,589. 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
93,590. Women have defined the very nature of revolution. ibid.
93,591. Women stormed Versailles ... This was a mob baying for blood. ibid.
93,592. The new Soviet lifestyle, and women were to be the co-builders of the road to Utopia. ibid.
93,593. The workers’ paradise had given way to the Gulag: when a country is in crisis one of the first things to go is women's rights, and so it was in the Soviet Union. ibid.
93,594. Margaret Sanger: ‘It’s about time’ ibid. on hearing of birth control pill
90,271. I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. (Superiority & Women) William Golding, Lord of the Flies