American Masters (2015 Season): The Women’s List

Film Interviewee Quotes

Air date: 09/25/2015

American Masters: The Women’s List


Premieres nationwide Friday, September 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)


Film Interviewee Quotes


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American Masters: The Women’s List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001

“Leaders are made by the situations they are involved in. I think that some rise to the occasion and some do not.”


Gloria Allred, lawyer

“A feminist is simply a person who believes in legal, social, political and economic equality for women with men.”


Laurie Anderson, artist

“I am a New Yorker, one; I’m an artist, two; I’m a woman, three.”


Sara Blakely, entrepreneur

“Spanx really came from my own butt. I did not like the way it looked in pants.”



Margaret Cho, comedian

“When I was 14, I told my mother I was going to drop out of high school and go do stand-up comedy. All she said was ‘Oh maybe it’s better if you just die,’ because it was killing her that I was doing this.”


Edie Falco, actor

“There is no question that sobriety has made me a better actor, made me a better person.”


Elizabeth Holmes, scientist and entrepreneur

“I believe in the unlimited power of women in the context of science and engineering.”


Betsey Johnson, fashion designer

“[In the 1960s]…you could take LSD but you couldn’t wear a pantsuit.”


Alicia Keys, singer-songwriter

“I’m definitely a nerd. I’m a cool-ass nerd, but I am definitely a nerd.”


Aimee Mullins, athlete and fashion model

“It’s an objective fact that I am a double amputee, but it’s very subjective opinion as to whether that makes me disabled.”


Nancy Pelosi, politician

“When I was growing up in the 50s it wasn’t quite the same. Fathers were more protective and now they see all of the possibilities for their daughters.”


Rosie Perez, actor

“Women of color: if you’re over 40 and you get fat, you will work. But if you’re hot and over 40 and a woman of color, they don’t know what to do with you.”


Shonda Rhimes, writer-producer

“Nobody ever asks a man how he gets stuff done. Nobody asks a man how he finds balance.”


Wendy Williams, talk show host

“Being tall and big was probably more painful than being black.”


Nia Wordlaw, pilot

“I am probably 1 of 25 black women who fly for a major airline.”