"The truth of the matter is that my mother influenced me the most... My mother was an exceptional woman... My mother was very much an activist ... She did most of her activism through the Unitarian Church. She always felt she needed to give back something... All women learn to be women primarily from their mothers. I was lucky to have a great teacher."
Being involved "was always part of my upbringing. You were taught that you had to take a stance; that you had to speak out for what was right and what was wrong; you had to involved yourself in something."
"My father taught me this too. It was just part of what you did. There were things that were right and things that were wrong."
"I have learned and been inspired by many, many women—women whom I have known, woman whom I have only been told about, and women whom I have read about."
"I owe Lady Bird Johnson an apology. When she was First lady, she made Beautification of America a goal. As a young person, I questioned the social relevance of this. What about the more important matters? Civil rights, for example; doesn't this matter more that nature and beauty? But I now have a better understanding of what it was she was trying to do.