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In a world dominated by patriarchy, women are still fighting for their rights in some countries. What men take for granted in their daily lives, women see as a luxury. It’s not easy being a woman, even in our progressive world, where a lot of men support us, because there are always groups that don’t see women as their equals.

Here are 16 quotes about what it means to be a woman.

1. “The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.” – Phyllis Diller


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2. “I’m tough. I’m ambitious. I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, I’m OK with that.”- Madonna


3. “Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn’t worth ruling.” – Louisa May Alcott


4. “I think today women are very scared to celebrate themselves, because then they just get labeled.”- Charlize Theron


5. “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” – Audre Lorde


6. “After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, “I’m enough.”- Anna Quindlen


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7. “Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” – Gloria Steinem


8. “A wise woman likes but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe and leaves before she is left.” – Marilyn Monroe


9. “Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work… a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.” – Barbara Streisand


10. “Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women.” – Natalie Portman


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11. “God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.” – Farrah Fawcett


12. “Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton


13. “People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me.” – Princess Diana


14. “I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.” – Whitney Houston


15. “Why is it that men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men?” – Barbara Streisand


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16. “The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.” – Malala Yousafzai