„People call me a feminist whenever I express statements that distinguish me from a doormat.“

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„I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.“

—  Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917
"Mr. Chesterton in Hysterics," in The Clarion, (14 November 1913), re-published in The Young Rebecca: Writings of Rebecca West, 1911-17 (1982), p. 219.

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„For me, there are two kinds of women — goddesses and doormats.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
Quoted in: Briton Hadden, ‎Henry Robinson Luce (1969), Time, Vol. 93. p. 66.

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„Lots of people call me Dave, my mum calls me David, my wife calls me Dave, I don't really notice what people call me.“

—  David Cameron Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1966
Interview with Richard Bacon on XFM, 28 September 2006), as quoted in "Labour in shambles over leadership, says Cameron" in Western Mail (29 September 2006), p. 4.

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„If a Latin player is sick, they said it is all in their head. I'm sick of these people who make these statements. They call me 'Jake.' It is Roberto... Roberto Walker Clemente.“

—  Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
As quoted in "Sidelights on Sports: I Remember Roberto" by Al Abrams, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tuesday, January 2, 1973), pp. 14 https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6tgNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zGwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2562%2C472702 and 17 https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6tgNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zGwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4826%2C491051

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„When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a Communist.“

—  Dorothy Day Social activist 1897 - 1980
Dom Helder Camara, Brazilian archbishop, as quoted in Peace Behind Bars : A Peacemaking Priest's Journal from Jail (1995) by John Dear, p. 65; this is a translation of "Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me de santo. Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista." Variant translations: When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist. When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.

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„I decided that I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.“

—  Emma Watson British actress and model 1990
Context: I decided that I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men, unattractive even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today. We need more of those.  And if you still hate the word — it is not the word that is important. It's the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have received the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.

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„It's not like I let people do things for me, so I guess you can call me a control freak, or you can call me passionate... I'm not a passive person by any stretch of the imagination.“

—  Courteney Cox television and film actress from the United States 1964
As quoted in "A revealing sit-down with Courteney Cox" in USA Today (10 September 2003) http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/2003-10-08-cox_x.htm

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