Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Quote of the Day

I wonder what it is about me that mystifies people, when there are so many men in politics who are far less known, scrutinized, interviewed, photographed, and tested.  Yet they're asked so much less frequently to open up, reveal themselves, prove that they're real.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 122

Monday, January 22, 2018

Quote of the Day

In my experience, the balancing act women in politics have to master is challenging at every level, but it gets worse the higher you rise.  If we're too tough, we're unlikable.  If we're too soft, we're not cut out for the big leagues.  If we work too hard, we're neglecting our families.  If we put family first, we're not serious about the work.  If we have a career but no children, there's something wrong with us, and vice versa.  If we want to compete for a higher office, we're too ambitious.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 119

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

We shall be among the strongest and most gentle people on this earth.

-- Cleve Jones, When We Rise, p. 208

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Quote of the Day

It's not easy to be a woman in politics.  That's an understatement.  It can be excruciating, humiliating.  The moment a woman steps forward and says, "I'm running for office," it begins: the analysis of her face, her body, her voice, her demeanor; the diminishment of her stature, her ideas, her accomplishments, her integrity.  It can be unbelievably cruel.  I hesitate to write this, because I know that women who should run for office might read it and say "no thanks," and I passionately believe that the only way we're going to get sexism out of politics is by getting more women into politics.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 116

Friday, January 19, 2018

Quote of the Day

The most obvious realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about.

-- David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College 2005 Commencement

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Quote of the Day

Misogyny is something darker [than sexism].  It's rage.  Disgust.  Hatred.  It's what happens when a woman turns down a guy at a bar and he switches from charming to scary.  Or when a woman gets a job that a man wanted and instead of shaking her hand and wishing her well, he calls her a bitch and vows to do everything he can to make sure she fails.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 115

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

... if we are to understand America we must understand blackness.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 227