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Gail Collins

  • ... the sum total of women's athletic scholarships for the entire nation in 1972 [the year Title IX was enacted] was $100,000.

  • 'Feminist' simply means someone who supports equal rights and opportunities for women.

  • [Young women], who were supposed to be preparing to take over the world, sometimes looked more as if they were planning on a career in the sex-services industry. They had spent their formative years watching Sex and the City, whose messages were: (1) Only girlfriends last forever, and (2) Anything worth doing is worth doing in a tutu and stiletto heels.

  • The story in American history I most like to tell is the one about how women got the right to vote 90 years ago this month. It has everything. Adventure! Suspense! Treachery! Drunken legislators!

    • Gail Collins,
    • "My Favorite August," in The New York Times ()
  • We always need to remember that behind almost every great moment in history, there are heroic people doing really boring and frustrating things for a prolonged period of time.

    • Gail Collins,
    • "My Favorite August," in The New York Times ()
  • I am shocked to report that Congress, the beating heart of American democracy, is unpopular. Not unpopular like a shy kid in junior high. Unpopular like the Ebola virus, or zombies. Held in near-universal contempt, like TV shows about hoarders with dead cats in their kitchens. Or people who get students to call you up during dinner and ask you to give money to your old university. The latest Gallup poll gave Congress a 10 percent approval rating.

    • Gail Collins,
    • "Congress Has No Date for the Prom," in The New York Times ()
  • No matter who is in power in Washington, Congress has always shown a remarkable ability to band together and pass tax cuts that are not paid for. It's like naming post offices, only somewhat more expensive. ... For instance, both chambers recently approved a big new ethics reform bill that would ban members of Congress from engaging in insider trading. Perhaps you imagined that this was already against the law. This piece of legislation had been lying around gathering dust since 2006. But, this year, the House and Senate decided to stand tall and pass it as a matter of principle. It had nothing to do with a '60 Minutes' report that made the whole place look like a convention of grifters. Totally unrelated. This was simply a bill whose time had come.

    • Gail Collins,
    • "Congress Has No Date for the Prom," in The New York Times ()
  • Republicans love mines, particularly coal mines. This is partly because of their big donors, but the fact that environmentalists hate coal makes coal mines even more adorable. And the miners themselves are always sympathetic figures because they work hard and play by the rules. As a result, their biggest dreams have been realized, and they are able to spend their lives underground developing chronic pulmonary disease. Shortly before the convention, Mitt Romney had pressed the coal theme with an appearance in Ohio, where he stood with a group of sooty miners whose sad, solemn faces seemed to underscore their concern about big government. Also, some of them later told the news media that they had been required to show up and weren't paid for the day.

    • Gail Collins,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • Nobody gets to grow old in the America they grew up in.

    • Gail Collins
  • It’s hard to imagine how women made the leap into professions for which they had no role models, no invitation, and very little encouragement.

  • The history of American women is about the fight for freedom, but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's role that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders.

Gail Collins, U.S. journalist, columnist, writer, feminist