"Who has turned feminism into a dirty word? One of the things that
bugs the shit out of me is the fact that we can't even use the word
"feminist" these days. It's been made taboo by a conservative media.
The feminist movement in this country is one of the most powerful
human liberation movements the planet has seen...so, to let this sort
of conservative culture steal the feminist history from our
consciousness and steal the respect from the people who fought and
died so we could have such liberty is a travesty. All decent people,
female and male, are feminists. The only people who are not feminists
are those who believe that women are inherently inferior or
undeserving of the respect and opportunity afforded men. Either you
are a feminist or you are a misogynist/male
supremest/genderist/sexist. There is no box marked "other"."
- Ani DiFranco; composer, lyricist, musician, political activist,
record label and record distribution company owner and president
"A life lived in fear is a life half-lived."
- BazMark Luhrmann; motion picture/theatre/opera director and
producer, screen and playwright
"With confidence, you have won before you have started."
- Marcus Garvey, Jr.; PanAfrican activist pioneer