Sunday, June 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

A lot of hardworking people -- especially women -- fall into the trap of thinking, "If I just stay at the office all night, I can do it all myself."  Those first months at Planned Parenthood quickly put any such thoughts to rest.  There were jobs I just could not do, no matter how late I worked or how committed I was.  To build the kind of organization I envisioned, I'd need to find people who had talent and expertise in areas I knew next to nothing about.  Then I'd need to step back and let them do their thing.

-- Cecile Richards, Make Trouble, p. 155

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Quote of the Day

There are a ton of great ideas floating around the universe, but the ones that end up becoming reality are those someone commits to doing, no matter what.

-- Cecile Richards, Make Trouble, p. 124

Friday, June 15, 2018

Quote of the Day

Life isn't fair, but government should be.

-- Ann Richards

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Quote of the Day

Frankly, I am surprised to find myself advising you and other women on how we can reach equality with men.  I spent most of my life thinking we were already there.  We are not.  For me, it took living through Hillary [Clinton]'s bewildering campaign and processing the factors behind her loss to understand that we are not there.  For other women, it was the promotion that never came, or the umpteenth time a male colleague was lauded for an idea that had been ignored when a woman suggested it earlier, or the most recent time you were told you are a good sport for staying later than all the men and being the one who did all "the real work" that showed us we are not there.  Some women I know -- particularly women who are black or brown, less wealthy, or older than I am -- have always understood we have not reached equality.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 172-173

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Quote of the Day

I was on fire.  I wanted to turn to people and say, "Does everybody know what's going on?  Isn't somebody going to do something about this?"  Then I realized: What if that somebody was me?  I'd never started anything other than the odd food co-op and antipollution group, but I realized that if I didn't do it, it probably wasn't going to happen.

-- Cecile Richards, Make Trouble, p. 107

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Quote of the Day

Each of these women had more to risk than to gain by telling her [#MeToo] story, and did so anyway.  Each of them saw a reason to believe her words could make a difference, and they have.  Merely through the power of their words, these women had laid bare the true extent of sexually inappropriate male behavior in our culture, which in turn is forcing a zero-tolerance approach to the problem.  These women are writing a brand-new chapter in American history and radically changing the balance of power in the workplace, simply because they knew what had happened to them was unjust and decided that their own voices gave them the power to right an injustice.

-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 134-135

Monday, June 11, 2018

Quote of the Day

You can't win unless you compete.

-- Cecile Richards, Make Trouble, p. 95