I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.
- Toni Morrison (via funkchunk)

heartbarf:

I am a feminist because I feel endangered, psychically and physically, by this society and because I believe that the women’s movement is saying that we have come to an edge of history when men - insofar as they are embodiments of the patriarchal idea - have become dangerous to children and other living things, themselves included.”  -Adrienne Rich

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Anaïs Nin (Spanish pronunciation: [anaˈiz ˈnin]; born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States, who published her journals, which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death, her erotic literature, and short stories. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venusand Little Birds, was published posthumously.

Bohemian as fuck, talented, gorgeous and the effervescent mistress of men like Robert Pole and Henry Miller. Nin challenged the ideas of femininity and women’s sexuality, writing journals and erotica that can only be described as Écriture féminine.

Honestly one of my heroes, and one woman that I would gladly have a tempestuous affair with.

When I go into a pitch room and I’m pitching something with a writing partner, everybody tends to look at the guy, even if I’m doing a lot of the talking. And it’s not just the men in the room looking at the guy. It’s the women too. A lot of people think, “She didn’t really produce these films.” The world likes to think of things in terms of what it’s seen before … put you in that box. I don’t know that I really belong in that box. (x)

bustedafternoon:

Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.

Zora Neale Hurston, “What It Feels Like to Be Colored Me”

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’
- Clare Boothe Luce in a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (via thatswhatshesaidquotes)
Less talented men get away with shit because the audience have instant confidence in them, whereas a woman has to work much harder to rid the audience of the instinctive discomfort they feel when a woman appears on stage.
- Miranda Hart (via norfolks)

asiansnotstudying:

This is Jhumpa Lahiri. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her short-story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, in 2000, and her novel, The Namesake, was adapted into a movie starring fellow non-studying-Asian, Kal Penn, in 2003. She is too busy writing, winning prizes and helping the White House to promote the arts and humanities to be stuck in the library. 

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onceuponapoet:

terrae:

Angela Davis and Toni Morrison….epic.

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For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
- Virginia Woolf (via loveyourchaos)
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