Inspirational Feminist Quotes From Women Driven To Suicide By The Patriarchy
Bunny Ears is proud to consider itself a feminist website. And there’s no better way to tackle a new day than by reading an inspirational quote from a strong, empowering woman. So enjoy the following pearls of wisdom. Draw energy from the accomplishments of these incredible feminine powerhouses. Then, go on with your awesome day without wasting your time digging too deep into their life stories (because they all committed suicide).
1. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
An invaluable voice in literature and literary criticism, Virginia Woolf also recognized the importance of self-care. You’re no good to anyone else if you’re not taking care of yourself. She probably practiced self-care right up until she died of natural causes at a ripe old age. We mean, 59 was pretty old back then, and drowning is basically natural even if you do it to yourself, right? We’re counting it.
2. “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus
Photographer Diane Arbus broke new ground with her portrayal of outsiders—including sex workers and transgender people—at a time when neither group was widely acknowledged in the mainstream. Arbus inspired generations of women to find new horizons of their own. And when she lay on her death bed, surrounded by loved ones at the end of her long, full life—oh wait she killed herself at 48. Our bad.
3. “Please believe in THE POWER OF ONE. One person can make an enormous difference in the world. […]” – Iris Chang
Not only did Chang, a journalist, break into a field historically dominated by old, white males, but she took unflinching looks at war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by men—and the misogynist societies that allowed them to take place. But did Chang let the challenges thrust upon her by a patriarchal system beat her down? Absolutely never, to our knowledge. Instead, she remained an optimistic believer in the power of individuals. Right up until her research into the endless horrors inflicted on innocent people by countless everyday men drove her to a despair that consumed her and ended her life forever.
4. “Perhaps someday I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.” – Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath showed the world the emotional depths and nuances that exist within seemingly “ordinary” women. She wasn’t afraid to explore the darkness of her own mind, but—as the above inspirational quote reveals—her work always kept her going. That is until she committed suicide in 1963. But the other stuff is inspiring, right?