1. To me, the grounds for hope are simply that we don’t know what will happen next, and that the unlikely and the unimaginable transpire quite regularly. And that the unofficial history of the world shows that dedicated individuals and popular movements can shape history and have, though how and when we might win and how long it takes is not predictable.
    Rebecca Solnit, “Woolf’s Darkness,” Men Explain Things to Me.
  2. Think of how much more time and energy we would have to focus on other things that matter if we weren’t so busy surviving.
    Rebecca Solnit, “The Longest War,” Men Explain Things to Me.
  3. Women so often have been denied respect, true respect. We need to extend this to each other. The conditioning which teaches us to see each other as competitors for men’s attention also tells us that relationships between women are not as worthwhile as those between women and men. The ability to respect another human being for what she is offering is the foundation for a friendship. It is not to be taken lightly.

    Another bit from the interview of Maya Angelou in The Feminine Face of God.

    (The Maya Angelou bits are the best part of this book, which otherwise comes off very dated in its discussion.)

  4. I think that sex, however one wants it, is always available. But friendship, wheew! That’s something to work on and cherish, build, add to constantly.
    Maya Angelou interviewed in The Feminine Face of God, 1991.
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  6. Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence, rather than of the absence of others.
    Alice Koller (from my QOTD calendar)
  7. I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the right to vote. I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us…We must say to the Congress, fix the Voting Rights Act.

    Rep. John Lewis at rally commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Meanwhile, the right-wing uses the anniversary to smear the voting rights struggle. Naturally. 

    (via mediamattersforamerica)

    Reblogged from: mediamattersforamerica
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Pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell on education and women in science. 

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    Pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell on education and women in science

    Reblogged from: explore-blog
  9. There are no little events in life; those we think of no consequence may be full of fate, and it is at our own risk if we neglect the acquaintances and opportunities that seem to be casually offered, and of small importance.
    Amelia Barr (via my QotD calendar)
  10. We discover ourselves through our girlfriends; it’s a mutual process of self-discovery that goes on when we enter into this kind of female relationship. It’s really a process, not just discovering the other person, but of discovering yourself.
    Sue Monk Kidd (via my QotD calendar)
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