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Patricia Schroeder Quotes

(July 30, 1940 - )


Also known as: Pat Schroeder, Patricia Scott Schroeder

Patricia Schroeder served as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives as Colorado's first Congresswoman, 1973-1996. She earned a degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Harvard University. Pat Schroeder was admitted to the bar in 1964. Before being elected to Congress, she worked with Planned Parenthood and the National Labor Relations Board, and also as a law instructor. Her focus in Congress was often on women's and children's issues and on Pentagon waste in the budget. She is credited as the impetus behind the Family and Medical Leave Act. In 1997, after a brief stint as a professor at Princeton, she was appointed as president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, and has been head of New Century/New Solutions, a think tank for the Institute for Civil Society.

Selected Patricia Schroeder Quotations

• I have a brain and a uterus, and I use both.

• When people ask me why I am running as a woman, I always answer, "What choice do I have?"

• Nobody ever says to men, how can you be a Congressman and a father.

• You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.

• The Pledge of Allegiance says "...with liberty and justice for all." What part of "all" don't you understand?

• Many women have more power than they recognize, and they're very hesitant to use it, for they fear they won't be loved.

• You measure a government by how few people need help.

• When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.

• Women have been an island in the military, getting little support from the inside or the outside.

• If some soldier raises his hand and says, "Knock it off, guys, the women in this unit are doing very well," it's like he's got lace on his boxer shorts. He's a sellout. So why stand up for women? What's in it for you? Nothing. So you keep your mouth shut, and the people who are against women in the military start to believe everyone agrees with them.

• There is an ancient Indian saying: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." If we use this ethic as a moral compass, then our rendezvous with reality can also become a rendezvous with opportunity.

• When it comes to college education, American families are paying more and getting less.

• [M]ost of our country's new jobs will be created with our minds instead of our hands.

• I believe the creator of the information can give it away free if he or she wants but they can also sell it if they want. You have the right to buy it or not. You cannot say, it is too expensive therefore I will take it. Creators can spend years of their lives working on an article or book and one click can take it away as an income stream. How do they make a living?

• Because it's so easy to copy anything, a lot of people have convinced themselves that they shouldn't have to pay for it. Well, the reason you get paid is because the people who sit all day long at their desks creating books and songs and software have mortgages. And if you're only going to sell one copy of everything and then the world is going to make a gazillion pirated copies off of it, it's going to be really hard to pay your mortgage.

• The mood of the 80s -- Get what you can, can what you get, and sit on the can.

• I love books, so it's kind of like being thrown in a candy store. (about her new job as head of a publishers' trade association)

• I have been working in a male culture for a very long time, and I haven't met the first one who wants to go out and hunt a giraffe. I am very, very troubled by the new factual data that seems to be coming out of our new leader. (about a statement by Newt Gingrich.)

• I was cooking breakfast this morning for my kids, and I thought, "He's just like a Teflon frying pan: Nothing sticks to him." (about then-President Ronald Reagan)

• Spine transplants are what we really need to take Reagan on.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2005. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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Jone Johnson Lewis. "Patricia Schroeder Quotes." About Women's History. URL: http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/quotes/pat_schroeder.htm. Date accessed: (today). (More on how to cite online sources including this page)

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