Like a third of women in the postwar years, mother and daughter fended for themselves.
--Francine du Plessix Gray, Soviet Women
Why do you vomit insults, screaming "woman, woman!" What special virtue is there in a son or perdition in a daughter?
Here and in the other world happiness comes to a person, not a gender. A crude man is nothing. A noble daughter is blessed forever.
--Honnamma (17th Century), A Book of Women Poets
Very whitely still
The lilies of our lives may reassure
Their blossoms from the roots, accessible
Alone to heavenly dews that drop no fewer
---Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
it's knock-kneed mini-skirted
wig wearing died blond mama's scar
born dead my scorn your whore
rough heeled broken nailed powdered
whose whole life is tied
up to unhappiness
cause it's the only
for real thing
--Nikki Giovanni, Woman Poem
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They differed with me over what time we are living in; It is not democracy when a man can talk about politics without anyone threatening him; Democracy is when a woman can talk of her lover without anyone killing her.
--Sheikha Dr. Souad M. Al-Sabah in Price of Honor