The tranquillity of everyday life has got to us and leaves no space for us to go beyond the comforting debates about any topic but politics. We try hard to block out any political news or event which we believe will disturb our peace of mind. But every time we make a conscious decision to stay out of a debate, we empower the legislators who take decisions that directly impact the ordinary citizens and you. A society where everyone participates and everyone has a representation in the political sphere is ideal for ensuring there is some sense of social justice. An indifferent society that is submissive to its rules and does not question authority will see no real change.
Cutting yourself wholly from the political debate is not an option even if you are not that much into politics or are not so passionate about making the world better for yourself and the people around you. But some motivation might get you moving into participating in politics.
So, we’ve collected some of the most impressive and bold political quotes by women on politics and the importance of being part of political discourse and taking action.
Scroll through to read the best political quotes from Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm, and many more influential women.
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
Understand the Importance of Your Contribution However Small
“The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.”
-Angela Davis, American Political Activist, Academic, and Author
“In Europe, it is particularly important that we build good relations with everyone who holds political responsibility because Europe can only be build together.”
Know That the Change You Want is Bigger Than Your Fear
“I think there’s a weapon of cynicism to say, ‘Protest doesn’t work. Organizing doesn’t work. You all are a bunch of hippies. You know it doesn’t do anything,’ because, frankly, it’s said out of fear, because it is a potent force of political change.”
-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Politician, Activist, Legislative Assistant, and Columnist
Know that however small the number, it matters
“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political functions of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
-Ayn Rand, Writer.
Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.Angela Merkel
It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
Believing in yourself
“Women have learned to flex their political muscles. You got to flex that muscle to get what you want.”
-Shirley Chisholm, Politician, Educator, and Author.
Making a conscious choice
“The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.”
-Emma Goldman, Political Activist and Writer.
Have Views that are yours and Original
“When you have strong views about how to approach thinking about the law, then that view is going to lead to certain results in certain situations. And some people seem to think this predictability is based on some kind of partisan political view. But it’s not.
-Sonia Sotomayor, American Lawyer, and Jurist.
Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie.’Angela Merkel
Not wanting to sit out at all costs
“People on a spiritual path – personal, growth, spiritual practice, recovery, yoga, and so forth – are the last people who should be sitting out the social and political issues of our day.”
-Marianne Williamson, American Author, Spiritual Leader, Politician, and Activist.
Seek Alternatives to the current system
“I think that building political power has to come from the outside and from within. Meaning we have to build political alternatives to the existing system, and we have to try to impact what is happening in the existing system.”
-Alicia Garza, American Civil Rights Activist and Writer.
Protect Your Freedom of Speech
“Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.”
-Hannah Arendt, American-German Philosopher and Political Theorist.
Understand the Importance of Your Involvement
“I really want women to know their power, to value their experience. To understand that nothing has been more wholesome in the political process than the increased involvement of women.”
-Nancy Pelosi, American Politician.
Find Your Own Power
“One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt, American political figure, diplomat, and activist.
Make sure that you are heard at all costs
“Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.”
-Rebecca Solnit, an American writer.
Introspect If You Are Part Of The Problem
“Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and for each other.”
-Laverne Cox, American actress, and LGBTIQ rights advocate.
Bringing Change From Experience
“Women are young at politics, but they are old at suffering; soon they will learn that through politics they can prevent some kinds of suffering”
-Nancy Astor, American-born British Politician.
Choose your side
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.Margaret Thatcher
No change is Impossible to Bring
“Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.”
-Constance Baker Motley, African-American civil rights activist, lawyer, judge, state senator, and Borough President of Manhattan.
Stand for What is Right at Any Cost
“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right, when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.”
-Margaret Chase Smith, American Politician.
Don’t Underestimate Your Capabilities.
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
-Michelle Obama, American Lawyer, and Author.
Whatever You Do Now Will Inspire More People In The Times To Come
“Let future generations say we were the ones who stood up. Let them say we were the first to live in a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear.”
–Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate.