"Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn’t serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you — whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you."
Nora Ephron’s commencement speech at Wellesley College in 1996 (via rachelfershleiser)
Something about this resonates particularly deeply for me, in this week of “Internet Girl” and “I’m taking you shopping.” And yes, she was talking about much weightier issues than overscrutinized HBO shows about navel-gazing journalists. But I think she would agree that the small stuff matters as much as the significant things on the world stage. RIP, Nora Ephron.
(Source: malindalo, via elisabethdonnelly)