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7 Quotes About Being a Woman From Aretha Franklin


7 Quotes About Being a Woman From Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin performing on the ‘VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin’ at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, 4/9/01. The show airs live on VH1 on Tuesday, April 11, 2001 at 9:00PM EST. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect.

Music Legend Aretha Franklin who recently died has been celebrated for her songs and what she represented to black women all over the world. Here are her seven famous quotes on being a woman.

On Respect

“Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.”

Body Image

“Who hasn’t had a weight issue? If not the body, certainly the big head!”

Power of Women

“As women, we do have it. We have the power. We are very resourceful. Women absolutely deserve respect. I think women and children and older people are the three least-respected groups in our society.”

On Parenting

“My children have been wonderful. Times when they have been down, they lifted me up. But once they pass a certain age, their independence begins to kick in … you have to learn when to let go. And that’s not easy.”

“Natural Woman”

“I didn’t think my songs would become anthems for women. But I’m delighted. Women probably immediately feel compassion and relate to the lyrics. We can all learn a little something from each other, so whatever people can take and be inspired by where my music is concerned is great.”


“She is a worker, like all Virgos, and I appreciate that. Bootylicious. Oh yes, I want to get me some of that.”


“Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.”

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