Feminist Memes and Quotes

Sometimes a picture is worth 1,000 words, and sometimes you need to put a few more on top of it. Here are some quips of a feminist nature, some with barbs, some poignant, but all humorous and concise.

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Treading on Liberty

Meme with Willy Wonka
via Twitter

This image features Gene Wilder from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” In the ​movie at this point, he's quite gleeful, but this image has been used for many a condescending quip online.

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Defending Reproductive Rights

Gun meme with Sarah Connor
via Reddit

This image comes from "Terminator 2" and pictures character Sarah Connor, who embodies power and courage.

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If Men Could Get Pregnant

Meme with Saturday night live cast
via Reddit

"Saturday Night Live"'s Nasim Pedrad, portraying Arianna Huffington, and Seth Myers are pictured here in a "Weekend Update" skit from 2012 with a quote from it.    

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Colbert on Contraception

Meme with Stephen Colbert
The Colbert Report

In this 2012 "Colbert Report" quote, Steven Colbert was mocking presidential candidate Rick Santorum's opinion that access to birth control leads to more babies born out of wedlock. 

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America's Witch Problem


Satirist Andy Borowitz wrote this in a 2012 column where he discussed the Republican National Committee and likened its stances to positions right out of the 17th century.

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Get Out of the Vagina Business

Quote by Wendy Davis

In 2013, Wendy Davis' filibuster killed a 2013 bill that would have dramatically reduced the number of abortion clinics in Texas. 

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Tina Fey on Sarah Palin's Success

Tina Fey quote
via Twitter

Tina Fey said this while accepting the prestigious Mark Twain Prize in 2010. It stirred controversy when PBS edited it during the broadcast, though it was available online.

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Dedicated to Making Government Small

Republican meme

The context of this quote is likely from the debate over cutting funding to Planned Parenthood clinics.

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What Is That About?

Shannyn Moore quote
Miss Revolutionaries

Shannyn Moore wrote these words in a blog for the Huffington Post in December 2012, "My Guns Are Less Regulated Than My Uterus." 

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Medical Super Geniuses

Bill Maher quote
Formidable Republican Opposition

 This was a Bill Mahr tweet in 2012.

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Equal Pay

Conan O'Brien quote
Team Coco

This joke is attributed to Conan O'Brien from 2013, via Team Coco. 

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Why Would We Got to War on Women?

Stephen Colbert quote
The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert's "Colbert Report" comedy could be so pointed in so few words.

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I'm Pro-Life but Not Necessarily Yours

Hey girl, I'm pro-life. But not necessarily yours.
via Twitter

Paul Ryan is targeted by many feminist quotes and memes because of his stances on women's issues, such as defunding Planned Parenthood (announced on International Women's Day in 2017), where a segment of Medicaid recipients receive medical care such as exams and cancer screenings.

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Silly Liberals

The Blue Street Journal quote
The Blue Street Journal

Paul Ryan's pro-life stance is well documented, as well as his views on policies that are seen to work against women's economic power.

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I Know I'm Only 42

via Twitter

Paul Ryan has been criticized for his votes and views on policies such as family leave and equal pay for women.

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Hillary Clinton's Letter to NASA

Hillary Clinton meme

Hillary Clinton blazed some trails for women—being the first woman nominated by a major party for president, for one.

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Gray-Faced Men

Tina Fey quote
The Other 98%

In 2012, Tina Fey spoke at the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. 

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Proof God Is a Woman

David Letterman quote
via Twitter

The hurricane, though it didn't hit Tampa, delayed the start of the 2012 Republican Convention, and it may have kept down the number of protestors.

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Happy International Women's Day

Rachel Maddow meme

Television host and political commentator Rachel Maddow works for MSNBC and holds a doctorate in political science from Oxford. 

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On Qualified Women

Madeleine Albright quote

Madeleine Albright was the first female secretary of state and served in that job from 1993 to 2001.

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Funny Feminist Quotes

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." —Gloria Steinem

"Obviously, as an adult I realize this girl-on-girl sabotage is the third-worst kind of female behavior, right behind saying 'like' all the time and leaving your baby in a dumpster." —Tina Fey

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"I'm no lady: I'm a member of Congress, and I'll proceed on that basis." —Mary Norton, the first female Democratic member of Congress
"I have a brain and a uterus, and I use both." —Pat Schroeder, Colorado's first female member of Congress
"That's like someone being like, 'I don't really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don't know what I would do without it." —Amy Poehler on women who renounce feminism

"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." —Gloria Steinem
"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." —Margaret Thatcher

"When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch."
—Bette Davis
"Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in." —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"I'm a feminist. I've been a female for a long time now. It'd be stupid not to be on my own side." —Maya Angelou

"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, 20th-century British journalist
"He—and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could or would ever f**k things up this badly." —George Carlin

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." —Maya Angelou
"The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubators and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no woman is or can be qualified is sperm donor." —Wilma Scott Heide, feminist author
"Women are always saying, 'We can do anything that men can do.' But men should be saying, 'We can do anything that women can do.'" —Gloria Steinem
"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, OK." —Madonna

"Why do people say 'grow some balls'? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding."
—Sheng Wang

"Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it."
—George Carlin