“Beside a cluster of low bushes the woman halts. The young man, panting for breath and plunging headlong forward, whispers loud, “Pray tell me, are you a woman or an evil spirit to lure me away?” Turning on heels firmly planted in the earth, the woman gives a wild spring forward, like a panther for its prey. In a husky voice she hissed between her teeth, ‘I am a Dakota woman!'”

– Zitkala-Sa

Writer, Editor, Musician, Teacher, Political Activist, Sioux, Woman.

“You want to know if you’re going the right way? Follow a woman of color, sisters and brothers. We know where to go and we know where justice is, because when we fight for justice we fight for it for all people, for all of our communities.”

 

– Linda Sarsour

Muslim American, Palestinian American, Political Activist, Woman.

“Now is the time for us to link arms together for the right of working women to earn a living wage, for the right of immigrant families to live without fear, for the right of mothers everywhere to raise families with—to raise families in safe communities with clean air and clean drinking water, including in Flint, Michigan. And we’re here for the right to live openly no matter who you are or who you love, no matter what. And you better believe, we are here to fight for reproductive rights, including access to safe and legal abortion!”

 

– Cecile Richards

President of Planned Parenthood, Pro-Choice Activist, Woman.

“We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are. we have to show the world that we are numerous. There are many of us out there.”

 

– Sylvia Riviera

Founding Member of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance, Transgender Activist, Drag Queen, Woman.

“I don’t really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me.”

 

– Wangari Maathai

Kenyan Environmental Political Activist, Nobel Laureate, Woman.

“Transform yourself first… Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders.”

 

– Yuri Kochiyama

Japanese American, Activist, Controversial Revolutionary, Woman.

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