Today’s Topic; What does freedom mean? People talk about freedom all the time, but what does it mean in real life? Is a person who has a job truly free? What about the responsibilities of having a family or a friend? It’s one thing to be free to make a choice, but after a choice is made, are we truly free anymore?

I thought others have talked eloquently on this topic.  Here are my  favorite five quotes by women followed by a slew of others:

Never let the hand you hold, hold you down.

Author Unknown, but had to be a woman, had to be

The function of freedom is to free someone else.

Toni Morrison 1931-, American novelist and writer

 Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.

Sarah Grimké, 1792-1873, American abolitionist and suffragist

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

Pearl S. Buck, 1892-1973, American novelist

I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already  there.

Maureen Reagan 1941-,  American political activist

The remaining ones made me think a great deal about what matters.  More about my thoughts after we deal with the men’s quotes tomorrow.

Partiotism in the female sex is the most disinterested of all virtues. Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the  State or Government from having held a place of eminence. Even in the = freest countries our property is subject to the control and disposal of our partners, to whom the laws have given a sovereign authority. = Deprived of a voice in legislation, obliged to submit to those laws which are impressed upon us, is it not sufficient to make us indifferent to the public welfare? Yet all history and every age exhibit instances of patriotic virtue in the female sex; which considering our situation equals the most heroic of yours.

Abigail Adams, 1744-1818, American first lady and feminist

I ask no favors for my sex, I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet  from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on the ground which God has designed us to occupy.

Sarah Grimké  1792-1873, American abolitionist and suffragist

All women should inform themselves of the condition of their sex and of their own position. It must necessarily follow that the noblest of them will, sooner or later, put forth a moral power which shall prostrate cant, and burst asunder the bonds (silken to some but cold iron to others) of feudal prejudice and usages. In the meantime is it to be understood that the principles of the Declaration of  Independence bear no relation to half of the human race? If so, what is the ground of this limitation?

Hariet Marineau,  1802-1876, English writer

We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.They [slaves] have stabbed themselves for freedom–jumped into the waves for freedom–starved for freedom–fought like very tigers for freedom! But they have been hung, and burned, and shot–and their tyrants have  been their historians!

Lydia Maria Child 1802-1880, American writer

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls,

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815 – 1902, US women’s rights activist

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and  women are created equal

Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815-1902, American suffragist

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; not  yet we, the male citizens; but we the whole people who formed the Union.

Susan B. Anthony,  1820-1906, American suffragist

Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.

Alice Stone Blackwell, 1857-1950, American suffragist and reformer

Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own unalienable and unpurchasable voice in government.

 Carrie Chapman Catt, 1859-1947, American suffragist

 You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own  improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

Marie Curie, 1867-1934m Polish-born French chemist

Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879-1958, American writer,

We’re half the people; we should be half the Congress.

Jeanette Rankin  1880-1973, American reformer and suffragist

The trouble is that not enough people have come together the firm determination to live the things which they say they = believe.Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the = person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962,  American humanitarian and lecturer

They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat? We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs and we’re building for them yet.

Anna Louise Strong,1885-1970American journalist

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.  It is a great pity that every human being does not, at an early stage of  his life, have to write a historical work. He would then realize that the human race is in quite a jam about truth.

Rebecca West 1892-1983, British journalist and novelist

The revolutionists did not succeed in establishing human freedom; they poured the new wine of belief in equal rights for all men into the old bottle of privilege for some; and it soured.

Suzanne LaFollette, 1893-1983, American feminist and writer

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise

Marian Anderson, 1897-1993, American contralto

The freer that women become, the freer men will be. Because when you enslave someone, you are enslaved.

Louise Nevelson,  1899-1988,  American sculptor

Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to become themselves? The problem that has no name which is simply the fact that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities–is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.

Betty Friedan 1921- American feminist

It occured to me when I was thirteen and wearing white gloves and Mary Janes and going to dancing school, that no one should have to dance backward all their lives.

Jill Ruckelshaus, 1937-, American lawyer and feminist,

I have a brain and a uterus, and I use both.When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women = and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.

Patricia Schroeder,  1940-  American lawyer and politician

Quotes from  http://www.legacyofgrace.net/quotes.htmlI


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