Category Archives: Quotation

Words and Women: Jane Austen

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image: Rice Portrait of Jane Austen

“I hate to hear you talking as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth waters all our days.”

― British author Jane Austen; spoken by Mrs Croft in Austen’s sixth novel Persuasion, published posthumously in 1818. 


Words and Women is a regular feature that spotlights short quotations from influential women activists, artists, and authors.

Words and Women: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; from her essay We Should All Be Feminists


Words and Women is a regular feature that spotlights short quotations from influential women activists, artists, and authors.