I love my local library. I love finding hidden gems within the fiction section and I especially love to browse the social issues shelves.
About six weeks ago I found a large, colourful and heavy textbook called Women, Our History and I lugged it home. After three or four reading/study sessions I finished it, took it back to the library and paid a 50p late fine.
It was well worth it.
I have almost filled a small notebook with quotes and notes from it, have written down countless names of women that I want to research in the near future, as well as listed a couple of books that were mentioned within the text.
(I disagreed immensely with its description of Margaret Thatcher but seeing as the rest of the content was excellent, I’ll let it slide.)
For a while now I have been thinking about researching amazing womxn as part of a historical, feminist series on this blog, and I may very well do that, but for now – here are some of the quotes I pulled from this awesome textbook.
“I preferred love to wedlock, freedom to a bond.” – Hélöise D’Argentuil
“I am convinced that we must train not only the head, but the heart and hand as well.” – Chiang Kai-Shek
“[Companies] suck wealth out of the starvation of helpless girls.” – Annie Besant
“You have never given a woman the chance to make her voice strong.” – Pandita Ramabai
“Self-reliance is the true road to independence.” – Mary Ann Shadd Cary
“I am a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough.” – Anaís Nin
“In a sick society, women who have difficulty fitting in are not ill.” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“A culture fixated on female thinness is an obsession about female obedience.” – Naomi Wolf
“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.” – Sheryl Sandberg
“Like every woman of the people, I have more strength that I appear to.” – Eva Perón
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir
“I belong to myself and I always shall.” – Benazir Bhutto