I am just a little disturbance,
Zoe Nicholson is a satyagrahi, just as Pankhurst, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, and Caesar Chavez were. Her clear and forthright exploration of her intentions and motivations invites us into the mind of those who create and follow the path of non-violent resistance to injustice.
Mary Lee Sargent, Professor Emerita Parkland College
I am an activist, are you?
I am here to give you permission,
permission to stand, to draw a line, to refuse to move.
What is your line?
I am here to encourage you to step up.
To step over their line, step past what was,
step slower or faster. What is your next step?
Zoe Nicholson is a tour de force. Nicholson never ceases to inspire. Her memorable speaking engagements leave my students with deepened insight, renewed vigor and courage. She is a living legacy and a wealth of knowledge and experience. We are all privileged to learn from her.
Melanie Klein, Santa Monica College
The Truth of you is your ultimate act of resistance.
Zoe's life is a profile in courage and perseverance. Anyone who hears her message will find their own audacity to fight for equality.
To integrate society, we have to be
a fully integrated human being.
(Zoe’s) message is highly impactful and empowering for people regardless of their exposure to social justice issues. Zoe is a smart, fun, engaging, and inspiring speaker whom I recommend enthusiastically.
Lowell Kane, Director, Purdue University LGBTQ Center
A day can pass & feel as if nothing happened
& then one comes along that holds a lifetime.
Today was such a day.
I am fasting for equality of rights under the law in the U.S. I am fasting to legislate treating adults without regard to gender. I am fasting to criminalize discrimination. But my heart wants so much more. From the Hungry Heart, June 16,1982, Day 30 of the fast.
Fasting for LGBTQ equality in 2010 would not have been possible without the transformative leadership of Zoe Nicholson. The grace, experience and discipleship by which she guides reflects the importance of understanding the deepest levels and purpose of the human story as a fundamental necessity for change. Her wisdom enhances motivation, boosts morale and instills the principles of equality, equity and empowerment. Iana Di Bona
I am in love with equality and you are too.
It is just that simple.
Because, in fact, there is no place else to be.
Zoe Nicholson has had a profound impact on my students. Each year, she provides real life testimony to the readings and feminist theories that my students study. Zoe has an incredibly rich activist history. She is a champion of the Equal Rights Amendment, GLBTQ rights and human rights in general. Zoe is a humanist who cares about injustices to all persons. She isn't just a one issue activist.
Linda M. Perkins, Associate University Professor & Director of Applied Women's Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Zoe Nicholson is an activist, writer, and all around awesome human being who spoke to us about activism and how all of us have the power to create change and be an activist. Zoe infused in us the idea of talking about the issues and problems that are in front of us. She said that just by speaking up or one’s own actions we are an integral part of the movement and are activists.
Santa Monica College Student Survey
We are the well, the brave, capable.
We are the ones who can come out
and live openly in the light of day.
We are the Change-makers who are
advancing the river of human consciousness.
It was said that Alice Paul was a woman of such conviction to pass the Nineteenth Amendment that she rarely took her hat off. I think of Zoe as a woman who forever wears her feminist hat, using each moment to advance the lives of women and girls. Chelsea Del Rio, past president CA NOW
Intersectionality, integral Activism, a matrix of oppression - it all points to a new way of seeing social justice. That is why I changed my card (and my mind) from FEMINIST to EQUALITY ACTIVIST. “Cuz, who ya gonna leave behind,” isn't just a fun thing to say, it is the fact - you cannot liberate one group at a time as we are complex human beings. Zoe