Members of the National Women's Commission after meeting with President Carter. From left to right: Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Carmen Delgado Votaw (Andrea Navedo), Jill Ruckelshaus (Elizabeth Banks), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale), and Audrey Rowe Colom (Melissa Joyner).
I have stood alongside the greatest women of our generation. Still, today, we select our leaders first by eliminating women and minorities and those with too little education. Changing this will take a very long time. After all, we are dealing with ten thousand years of patriarchy and racism. But we must continue to move forward in waves. What will keep us going is the revelation of what we can be. What the people around us can be, without the crippling walls and prisons into which we have been forced. We are just beginning to discover each of us, who we can be. And no matter how long this revolution may take, there can be no turning back.
You were right. We don't get to decide how the battle lines are drawn, or how the male press portrays us. I have been thinking about the first time I read The Feminine Mystique. Why should women accept this picture of a half-life, instead of sharing the whole of human destiny? I don't know if I ever told you… your book changed my life. Thank you.