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Finding Your Own Voice: QUOTES from Cameron Diaz, Gloria Steinem and Other Uncommon Women (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/20/10 12:05 PM ET

Over the course of my career as a freelance journalist, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of talking to many of the world's most interesting and influential women, from actresses to activists, comediennes to poets, recording artists to Nobel Laureates. In my new book, "Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice," I decided to bring together some of the most inspiring and empowering quotes from these interviews, broken into topical spreads and addressing a range of issues like equality, overcoming adversity, aging, beauty, finding balance and being more connected to the earth.

My hope is that the book conveys the important message that when we dare to be ourselves -- when we embrace our power, speak our truth, and believe in our dreams -- we can change the world. The following excerpts are a sampling of some of the amazing women, themes and reflections featured in the book.


Together, Women Are Strong: Gloria Steinem
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If we're by ourselves we come to feel crazy and alone. We need to make alternate families of small groups of women who support each other, talk to each other regularly, can speak their truths and their experiences and find they're not alone in them, that other women have them, too ... It makes such a huge difference.
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