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101 Powerful Quotes By Barbara Ehrenreich

Famous As: Writer & Activist
Born On: 1941
Born In: Butte, Montana, United States
Founder / Co Founder: United Professionals
Age: 82 Years

Barbara Ehrenreich is a well-known American journalist, social activist and author, tagged by The New Yorker as ‘a veteran muckraker’. Describing herself as the ‘myth buster by trade’, she is best known for her work in Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America .This 2001 book was a memoir of her survival within minimum remuneration as a Wal-mart employee and other janitorial and hospitality services. She was praised by Newsweek magazine and the New York times for her grit and determination for undergoing such experimental experience to expose abstractions of ‘living wage and affordable housing’. She was awarded as the Humanist of the Year by American Humanist Association in 1998. The Mother Jones magazine rewarded her with the National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting. She has also been vocal about women’s reproductive rights, through her essays in The Worst Years of Our Lives. We have collected Barbara Ehrenreich’s quotes from her writings, speeches, interviews and life. Here are few powerful quotes from this dynamic American public figure.

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation...none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation...none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.

Barbara Ehrenreich
What you don't necessarily realize when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you're really selling is your life.

What you don't necessarily realize when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you're really selling is your life.

Barbara Ehrenreich
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Barbara Ehrenreich
I'm an obsessive. When I get a problem, a question in my mind, it can take me over.

I'm an obsessive. When I get a problem, a question in my mind, it can take me over.

Barbara Ehrenreich
The Civil Rights Movement, it wasn't just a couple of, you know, superstars like Martin Luther King. It was thousands and thousands - millions, I should say - of people taking risks, becoming leaders in their community.

The Civil Rights Movement, it wasn't just a couple of, you know, superstars like Martin Luther King. It was thousands and thousands - millions, I should say - of people taking risks, becoming leaders in their community.

Barbara Ehrenreich
The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks.

The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month's rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene.

Barbara Ehrenreich

I would never call myself a cancer survivor because I think it devalues those who do not survive. There's this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become survivors. Well, the ones who don't survive may be just as brave, you know, just as courageous, wonderful people.

Barbara Ehrenreich

I know that the last thing a book wants is to just sit around unread, serving as an element of interior decorating. So when I have people over, all they have to do is glance at my books, and I implore them to take a few home with them. If I am really ambitious, I pack books into boxes and donate them to prisons.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.

Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Employers have gone away from the idea that an employee is a long-term asset to the company, someone to be nurtured and developed, to a new notion that they are disposable.

Employers have gone away from the idea that an employee is a long-term asset to the company, someone to be nurtured and developed, to a new notion that they are disposable.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Well, the first thing that clued me in to the fact that there was something really scary about breast cancer, way beyond the thought of dying, was coming across an ad in the newspaper for pink breast cancer teddy bears. I am not that afraid of dying, but I am terrified of dying with a pink teddy bear under my arm.

Barbara Ehrenreich
We love television because television brings us a world in which television does not exist.

We love television because television brings us a world in which television does not exist.

Barbara Ehrenreich
We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.

We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.

Barbara Ehrenreich
America is addicted to wars of distraction.

America is addicted to wars of distraction.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Medical debts are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in America.

Medical debts are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in America.

Barbara Ehrenreich

The internet was supposed to make this whole business of job searching rational and simple. You could post your resume and companies would search them and they'd find you. It doesn't seem to work that way. There aren't enough jobs for experienced, college educated managers and professionals.

Barbara Ehrenreich

If there is something I am arguing, it is a critique of science. Science has consistently denied the existence of consciousness other than human. Only in the last 20 years do we have acknowledgement of animal feeling or culture or experience.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

Barbara Ehrenreich

My death is incidental, and I worry very much about my loved ones and, you know, would like to make it as easy as possible for them. Or wish I could will away whatever, you know, the sadness they will feel when I die. But for me, nothing. The world goes on.

Barbara Ehrenreich

I've spent so many years talking about poverty and economic justice, I'm strongly tempted to get biblical. Jesus' teachings are so radical; they're just insanely generous and apocalyptic. Christians become more fascinated by the dead Jesus. They don't like the living Jesus.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.

Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.

Barbara Ehrenreich
For a long time on Earth humans didn't worship good gods; that's a new idea. The ancient Greek gods, the Hindu gods, are fairly amoral, most of them. We get stuck when we insist that God be both good and all-powerful.

For a long time on Earth humans didn't worship good gods; that's a new idea. The ancient Greek gods, the Hindu gods, are fairly amoral, most of them. We get stuck when we insist that God be both good and all-powerful.

Barbara Ehrenreich
There's a lot of cruelty going on all the time, and I'm not just talking about inter-human cruelty. I'm talking about whole species becoming extinct, asteroids hitting planets, black holes gobbling up stars.

There's a lot of cruelty going on all the time, and I'm not just talking about inter-human cruelty. I'm talking about whole species becoming extinct, asteroids hitting planets, black holes gobbling up stars.

Barbara Ehrenreich
That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing - the truly democratic thing about it - is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.

That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing - the truly democratic thing about it - is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.

Barbara Ehrenreich
Like many other women, I could not understand why every man who changed a diaper has felt impelled, in recent years, to write a book about it.

Like many other women, I could not understand why every man who changed a diaper has felt impelled, in recent years, to write a book about it.

Barbara Ehrenreich

A research group found that 56 percent of major companies surveyed in the late '80s agreed that 'employees who are loyal to the company and further its business goals deserve an assurance of continued employment.' A decade later, only 6 percent agreed. It was in the '90s that companies started weeding people out as a form of cost reduction.

Barbara Ehrenreich

We - we spend a lot of time, scholarly time, thinking about love and sex, but very little about the - the kind of joy that can take over a crowd of people or a group of people, in festivity, in ecstatic ritual of some kind, in celebration.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Well I do think there are people who are habitually negative and depressed and take the opposite approach because they imagine the worst, and their minds become dominated by that. They let their own emotions and expectations transform their perceptions of the world.

Barbara Ehrenreich