Quotes by: Patricia Ireland
The Violence Against Women Act is so important. It provides money to train the cop on the beat, to train the judges that this is a new day, that we won't tolerate this violence and to know how to deal with it.
I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership.
I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
Extremely strong, effective, tenacious, and powerful political networks can be built when you fight losing battles as well as when you win.
I have a very personal interest. I am a Miami-Dade voter. One of the issues is that my vote and so many other votes of women and African Americans in Florida are being discounted or discarded. I want my vote to count.
The Young Women's Christian Association is nourished by its roots in Christianity and, at the same time, over the years, it's been enriched by beliefs and values from all kinds of places, even, in fact, strengthened by our diversity.
I know that Bush, for political reasons, is going to nominate a minority, a Hispanic man or someone where it will be harder for people on the progressive side to oppose and split some of the traditionally progressive or democratic constituents.
Some of those men in power, we just have to change their faces because we're not going to change their minds.
We may be in a tough time right now, but when we are in a tough time is when our movement gets really strong.
Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases, new hires qualify for food stamps.
Women are called upon to defend every bit of progress we have made against particularly virulent attack. But we must also hold out a vision, put forth a positive agenda of what women need and want and then move forward toward that dream.
Some of us may just, in one-on-one conversations with our family, with our friends, over the back fence with our neighbors, talk about the reality of our lives and realize that we're not alone, that we have a right to be physically safe and emotionally safe in our own homes.
The way to be a man if you're a little boy is to be willing to throw your weight around.
Most of us see Justice O'Connor as something of an icon, although we do not agree with all of her decisions.
We always knew when we took on the issue of violence against women that somehow our opposition would come after us.
In any grass-roots campaign, building an ongoing base of support is as important as winning the ultimate goal.
When I hear traditional family values raised, I hear that effort once again to re-establish the man as head and master of his family. Who had the, not only the right, but the obligation to discipline his wife and children to keep them in line?
And of course we are familiar with the English common law rule of thumb that said a man could in fact use a stick no bigger than his thumb to discipline his wife and family.
There are a lot of people who worked extremely hard in the election who are still organized who know how to do door to door and phone canvassing, who know how to raise money.
More than 10,000 ballots in Miami-Dade County have been rejected by some machine without any opportunity for a human being to take a look. That is just not right.
We have to stop this violence. We have to make the political nature of the violence clear, that the violence we experience in our own homes is not a personal family matter, it's a public and political problem. It's a way that women are kept in line, kept in our places.
I want to reach young women and to get them involved in the mission of the YWCA, economic empowerment of women and girls, and ending racism.