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Patricia Schroeder

  • When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting the women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Ms. ()
  • I was cooking breakfast this morning for my kids, and I thought, 'He's just like a Teflon frying pan: Nothing sticks to him.'

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • on Ronald Reagan, in Boston Globe ()
  • [When asked if she'd ever committed adultery:] No. But then most congresswomen don't have twenty-five-year-old lifeguards throwing themselves at their feet around this place.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Babies don't come with directions on the back or batteries that can be removed. Motherhood is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You can't 'leave the office.'

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Pat Schroeder with Andrea Camp and Robyn Lipner, Champion of the Great American Family ()
  • [On the House of Representatives:] Everyone here checks their spines in the cloakrooms.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Japan redefined world power. They showed you could become a world power without having a military.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • on PBS American Defense Monitor ()
  • Our tax code encourages people to raise thoroughbred horses, not children.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Sherry Suib Cohen, Tender Power ()
  • It's really funny if two women stand on the House floor. There are usually at least two men who go by and say, 'What is this, a coup?' They're almost afraid to see us in public together.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Mary Kay Blakely, American Mom ()
  • The genius of the Republicans has been how they figured out how to so polarize the middle class that we vote against our own best interests.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Ms. ()
  • Dan Quayle thinks Roe v. Wade is two ways to cross the Potomac.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • in Ms. ()
  • I got into crying before it was cool. And now it's so cool you would have thought if you looked at the conventions that Kleenex was the official sponsor.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • speech ()
  • I had always believed government was not a fungus: It could survive in sunshine.

  • ... I was and am, like many women, both pro-life and pro-choice.

  • In Colorado we called people who used the rhythm system 'parents.'

  • I got in great political trouble when I was asked, 'How can you be both a congresswoman and a mother?' and I replied, 'I have a brain and a uterus, and they both work.'

  • Early on my children thought a balanced meal was holding a hamburger with both hands. I learned not to ask Jim to take me someplace on vacation I hadn't been, for he'd suggest the kitchen.

  • [On running for president:] Victoria Woodhull in 1872, Belva Lockwood in 1884, Shirley Chisholm in 1973 and Pat Schroeder in 1987 all found that the White House is still America's ultimate clubhouse with a 'No Girls Allowed' sign posted.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • 24 Years of House Work ... and the Place Is Still a Mess ()
  • Jim joked that I must have thought he was a god because I put so many burnt offerings in front of him.

  • Big money tries to purchase its own agenda. Money does too much talking in Washington. Every senator, every representative, even the president awakens each morning with a number in his head that will drive the whole day. The number is the amount of money that must [be] raised that day for his reelection. If he fails, the next day's number will be even higher.

  • Government has become a machine that runs only when gold coins are inserted.

  • ... books are brain food. If every American would purchase the equivalent of his weight in books each year, this country would be a different place.

  • You can't wring your hands and roll up your shirtsleeves at the same time. Pick one.

    • Patricia Schroeder,
    • "Running for Our Lives: Electoral Politics," in Robin Morgan, ed., Sisterhood Is Forever ()
  • [On the attitude toward money in the U.S.:] Get what you can. Can what you get and sit on the can.

    • Patricia Schroeder

Patricia Schroeder, U.S. politician


Full name: Patricia Nell Scott Schroeder.