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WOMEN AND POWER : Powerful Quotes

June 29, 1993

"Some leaders are born women."

Saying on T-shirt worn at U.N. observance of International Women's Day, 1983.

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"There is no occupation concerned with the management of social affairs which belongs either to women or to men, as such."

Plato, "The Republic," c. 390 BC.

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"To promote a Woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire, above any Realm, Nation, or City, is repugnant to Nature."

John Knox, "First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women," 1558

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"Women--one-half the human race--care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry."

Walter Begehot, The English Constitution, 1867

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"What Britain needs is an iron lady."

Campaign slogan for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 1979.

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"Toughness doesn't have to come in a pin-stripe suit."

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator, former San Francisco mayor, 1984.

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"How does it feel to be a woman minister? I don't know; I've never been a man minister."

Golda Meir, late Israeli prime minister, in 1969 interview

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"Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman President, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do."

Richard Nixon, then U.S. President, 1969.

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"I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women."

Lyndon B. Johnson, former U.S. President, 1964, after appointing 10 women to top government positions.

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"I can conceive of nothing worse than a man-governed world--except a woman-governed world."

Nancy Astor, "My Two Countries," 1923

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