A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 16, 2013
“Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition”

"Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition’’ is a jocular saying that has been cited in print since at least 1978, when advertisements in Ms. magazine featured this saying on T-shirts. “Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition” has been cited in print since at least 1991, when the saying was observed on a bumper sticker. The authorship of the saying is unknown.


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Ms. Magazine
Volumes 7-8
1978
Pg. 102 and Pg. 111:
“Women Who Seek to be Equal to Men, Lack Ambition’’ T-shirt

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Feminism for Girls:
An Adventure Story

By Angela McRobbie and Trisha McCabe
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul
1981
Pg. 74:
Equal opportunities: do we really want them? Or, women who want to be equal to men lack ambition.

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Everything Is Changing:
Contemporary U.S. Movements in Historical Perspective

By David De Leon
New York, NY: Praeger
1988
Pg. 175:
Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.
Placard in a West Hollywood parade, July 1987

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Well Being:
A Personal Plan for Exploring and Enriching the Seven Dimensions of Life

By Howard John Clinebell
San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco
1991
Pg. 259:
WOMEN WHO STRIVE TO BE EQUAL TO MEN LACK AMBITION! — bumper sticker.

18 May 1991, Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH), “Stick this on your bumper” by Mike Harden (Scripps Howard News Service), pg. E1, col. 1:
“Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.”

25 March 1992, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Fem. Fatale”:
Feminism needs a definition that embraces diversity and choices all expressed in a bumper sticker Kamen received: “Women who strive to be equal with men lack ambition.”

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What Every Woman Needs to Know Before (and After) She Gets Involved with Men & Money
By Lois G. Forer
New York, NY: Maxwell Macmillan International
1993
Pg. 319:
“Women who strive to be equal with men lack ambition “... WORDS STITCHED INTO A SAMPLER

14 April 1994, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Women’s boxing event takes jabs at conventionality,” pg. D1:
It’s said that women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition.

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Her Way:
Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution

By Paula Kamen
New York, NY: New York University
2000
Pg. 234:
As a bumper sticker put it, “Women who strive to be equal to men aren’t ambitious enough.”

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Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse:
Feminist Revolutions in Theory, Research and Practice

By Sam Warner
New York, NY: Routledge
2009
Pg. 57:
Hence, another popular slogan of the time was `women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition’.

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Posted by Barry Popik
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