We cannot assimilate into a masculinist society without doing violence to our own nature, which is of course human nature. But neither can we retreat into domestic isolation, clinging to an archaic feminine ideal. Nor can we deny that the dilemma is a social one…. The Woman Question in the need is not a question of women. It is not we who are the problem and it is not our needs, which are the mystery. From our perspective (denied by centuries of masculinist “science” and analysis) the Woman Question becomes the question of how shall we all—women and children and men—organize our lives together.
- Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-?)