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15 Quotes From 15 Radical Women Authors On Life, Love, Rebels And Fiction


Each of these female authors is a legend in her own right. From the delicately penned and precise observations of Joan Didion to the overzealous, gratuitous violence of Joyce Carol Oates; these women are radicals not because of what they chose to write but because they dared to write at all. To be a woman is to be a rebel because from birth society tells us that we were never meant to be; that our parents should have had a son, that our bodies should be bigger or smaller, that our minds are less adept, that our words should be appeasing and kind, to live life as a woman is a radical act because every sign and signifier indicates you should not be and to go against the grain, whether that is to wear skinny jeans or start a revolution—that is rebellion.

Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.