""In later years, if I’m remembered at all it will be for inventing a phrase like “reproductive freedom” because before that we talked about “population control,” which meant that someone else was going to make the decision, not us. It meant minority groups were understandably fearful that they were going to be controlled more than others. It wasn’t a feminist phrase because it implied control elsewhere instead of by us as individuals. So “reproductive freedom” as a phrase includes the freedom to have children or not to have children, both. So it made it possible for us to make a coalition. I think the revolutionary role of a writer is to make language that makes coalition possible, language that makes us see things in a new way." Gloria Steinem -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert. The oral biography of Gloria Steinem, whose dedication to feminism and social justice continues to improve life for millions of people worldwide.
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