Hey anon, I confess that I haven’t gone back and re-read all her interviews to answer your question, so the quotes I’m posting are the ones that came to mind the moment I read your question, but if other fans leave replies adding more quotes, I’ll edit this to add them, ok? Before I post the quotes, I want to say that the “When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you…” is not a Stevie Nicks quote. It appeared in an article either written about Stevie or where she was simply mentioned, it gets (erroneously) attributed to her all the time though.
“Women have to pay the band so much money that they end up not making any money on the road. Linda Ronstadt has a good band now but she can afford to pay them. Men are not comfortable with women in the music business. I have heard so many men say ‘she is good for a chick’. I would like to embroider that and hang it on my wall.” (1975)
“From the very first time that I joined Lindsey’s band and I was told that I had to carry equipment or get paid less, I said ‘well, I’m not carrying equipment and I’m not getting paid less.’ (…) You have always got to be fearless and strong in all your convictions and then everybody will get out of your way.”
“Women as a group shouldn’t be seen as having special qualities suited to this or that effort. Rather, women should be appreciated as persons-as people-each woman being appreciated for her gifts-for her contribution.” (1977)
“I’m surrounded by men in this business so I need a little feminine
comfort, and one way to find that is to write about how I exist in this world
of men, how I deal with them and how they deal with me. And I tend to talk
about it as “we” instead of “I.” I’m no great women’s
liberationist, though. I found out a long time ago that that doesn’t work, so…”
BAM: That’s rather cynical.
“It’s true. I get a lot further with the men in this business by
being feminine and sweet and not aggressive and quiet. They let me in. They don’t let
in aggressive, pushy women. Say one word too much and you’re out. Well, I
didn’t want to be out. I wanted to be friends with them. They’re my peers and
contemporaries. They’re people I have to work with and I damn well am going to
be part of them. It took me a long time to be anything to them besides just a
“girl.” (BAM Magazine, 1981.)
“We felt like, together, we were a force of nature. And we made a pact, probably in our first rehearsal, that we would never accept being treated as second-class citizens in the music business. That when we walked into a room we would be so fantastic and so strong and so smart that none of the uber-rockstar group of men would look through us. And they never did.” – (Stevie has said this or variations of this quite a few times over the years.)
“My generation fought very hard for feminism, and we fought very hard to not be labeled as you had to have a husband or you had to be in a relationship, or you were somehow not a cool chick,” she says. “And now I’m seeing that start to come around again, where people say to you, ‘Well, what do you mean you don’t have a boyfriend? You don’t want to have one? You don’t want to be married?’ And you’re like, ‘Well, no, I don’t, actually. I’m fine.’ And they find a lot of reasons why you’re not fine. But it just seems to be coming back. Being able to take care of myself is something that my mom really instilled in me,” she says. “I can remember her always saying, ‘If nothing else, I will teach you to be independent.’ ” (Vulture, 2013)
“We fought very hard for feminism, for women’s rights. What I’m seeing today is a very opposite thing. I don’t know why, but I see women being put back in their place. And I hate it. We’re losing all we worked so hard for, and it really bums me out.” (SXSW interview and Q&A, 2013.)
“I said to Chris, we can never be treated like second-class citizens. When we walk into a room we have to float in like goddesses, because that’s how we wanted to be treated. We demanded that from the beginning.“
(SXSW interview and Q&A, 2013.)
advice for the young, scantily clad singers she sees backstage at award shows.
“It’s degrading, and it makes women appear to be fancy little hookers. If you
are not at least somewhat of a feminist, you’re going to be taken advantage
of.” (MacLeans, 2015)
“Stevie understands how much power there is in the feminine, and she’s not afraid of it.” —Vanessa Carlton
Stevie has said so many wonderful things about empowering young girls around her and all of us fans, I think this ‘24 Karat Gold Tour’ quote does a good job at representing some of these things she’s said:
Courtesy of Inspirer Magazine.