Quotation by Eleanor Holmes Norton

The question has been asked, "What is a woman?" A woman is a person who makes choices. A woman is a dreamer. A woman is a planner. A woman is a maker, and a molder. A woman is a person who makes choices. A woman builds bridges. A woman makes children and makes cars. A woman writes poetry and songs. A woman is a person who makes choices. You cannot even simply become a mother anymore. You must choose motherhood. Will you choose change? Can you become its vanguard?
Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937), U.S. lawyer and social activist. As quoted in Crazy Salad, ch. 5, by Nora Ephron (1972).

Norton said this in a Wellesley College commencement speech when she was New York City Commissioner of Human Rights.
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