Sharon Hushka (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 16:09:10 -0800
Although, the following quotes do not say "affirmative action" and these
do not meet your Jan. 15 a.m. deadline, I am forwarding these statements
because they reflect the spirit of affirmative action. Perhaps these
will be useful for possible future uses.
Excerpts from Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Friedman
To the extent that either sex is disadvantaged, the whole culture is
poorer, and the sex that superficially inherits the earth inherits only
a very partial legacy. --Margaret Mead
Many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against; no
better proof could be found in the totality of their conditioning.
If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on to
the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own system of
repression. --Toni Morrison
There is nothing inevitable. The actions of the past operate at every
instant and so, at every instant, does freedom. --Nan Shin
In order to create an alternative an oppressed group must at once
shatter the self-reflecting world which encircles it and, at the same
time, project its own imageof history. --Sheila Rowbotham
Excerpts from The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women compiled by Rosalie
Whatever advantages may have arisen, in the past, out of the existence
of a specially favored and highly privileged aristocracy, it is clear to
me that today no argument can stand that supports unequal opportunity or
any intrinsic disqualification for sharing in the whole of life.
--Margaret Mead, Blackberry Winter (1972)
An occupation that has no basis in sex-determined gifts can now recruit
its ranks from twice as many potential artists. --Margaret Mead, Sex and
Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935)
We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because
of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.
Margaret Mead, Male and Female (1949)
Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry.
It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my
company? It's beyond me. --Zora Neale Hurston, "How It Feels to Be
Colored Me" (1928), in Alice Walker, ed., I Love Myself When I Am
Laughing. . . And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive
Gae Broadwater wrote:
> Do any of you have quotes about affirmative action in
> relation to women by a woman?
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