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Trailblazing Feminists

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Betty White

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At 94-years-old, Betty White has more compassion, wisdom and sense of humor than most people a quarter of her age. She’s publicly come out for marriage equality. While she isn’t an outspoken feminist, she has utter this priceless gem: “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.” That’s why I’ve replaced the insult “p*ssy” with “wiener”!

Barbara Walters

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One of the most famous television journalists of all time and synonymous with the word “integrity.” Did you know she was TV’s first female co-host, even though at the time she earned only HALF of what her male co-workers made? From all the way back in the 1970s until today Barbara was a groundbreaker for women in journalism and women in the professional workforce. “I can’t tell you how much pleasure it gives me when some smaller, young woman comes up to me and tells me of her achievements. That’s my legacy.”

Maya Angelou

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This legendary powerhouse of a woman was a poet, author, speaker and political activist. Maya inspired and motivated women and African American to overcome gender and race discrimination. Her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. “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.”