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This Feminist Just Upped The Ante For Senior Yearbook Quotes

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In high school, I used my senior yearbook quote to share a deep and profound song lyric that I thought perfectly summed up my life at the time (Disclaimer: It did not). I also gave a shout out to my best friends (two of whom I no longer speak to) and my sister (which is probably the only part of it I don't regret).

What I didn't do was comment on gender equality or preach about feminism, because, well, I'm not as clever as Caitlyn Cannon, a 17-year-old who just recently graduated from Oak Hills High School in California. The “really gay” feminist (described as such in her Twitter bio) chose a quote a little more thought provoking than “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.”

Below Cannon's yearbook photo reads:

“I need feminism because I intend on marrying rich and I can't do that if my wife and I are making .75 cent for every dollar a man makes.”

Bold move, Cannon!

The teen told The Huffington Post that she found the original quote on Tumblr and altered it slightly to apply to a women's perspective — and her own. She told HuffPost she chose the quote because she wanted to leave something that represented herself behind that was different.

She explained in an email to HuffPost:

“I was tired of seeing the same old quotes from popular books and movies and authors, and I wanted to call attention to a problem that women face. I've never really been ashamed to say that I am gay, so the LGBT aspect was simply who I am.”

I guess it's time seniors of the world start upping their yearbook game, huh? Don't forget! “Life is a journey.”

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