Gender Equality Quotes

By | 18.05.2022

The soul has no gender. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality. Andreja Pejic

Some women do not masturbate for pleasure; they masturbate to make a political statement: to remind us that women do not really need men (or at least not as much and as frequently as every single male chauvinist and every single misogynist believes). Mokokoma Mokhonoana, On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

While these quotes don’t translate into action directly, they are certainly words of wisdom for us to reflect on and make our own! Gender Equality Quotes

We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. Gloria Steinem

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. Nelson Mandela

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! Maya Angelou

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Love is pure and true; love knows no gender. Tori Spelling

It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. Emma Watson

Gender used to be a barrier for women to overcome if they wanted to be in politics, but today in Taiwan the situation is somewhat different. I think there is even a preference for a woman candidate, and in local elections, we have seen that younger, better-educated female candidates are overwhelmingly preferred by the voters. Tsai Ing-wen

Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals. Jess C Scott, Tongue-Tied


We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. Gloria Steinem

We know that when women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them—their families, their communities, and their countries. Prince Harry, Duke Of Sussex.

Part of the core information that I’ve been purveying is that identity politics is a sick game. You don’t play racial, ethnic, and gender identity games. The Left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let’s say, and the Right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they’re equally dangerous. Jordan Peterson

Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility. Ban Ki-moon

Find your identity, your true self, and live your mission…Your power is your radical self. Find it. Aya Chebbi

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. Kofi Annan

Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. Justin Trudeau

If you believe in your idea of change and are willing to work hard, sooner or later that dream will be a reality. Naomi Tulay Solanke

Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation. Abigail Adams

Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability. Sandra Day O’Connor

A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves. Gloria Steinem

An undying spirit is the primary source of help because it is within you. Fridah Githuku


Feminism isn’t about hating men. It’s about challenging the absurd gender distinctions that boys and girls learn from childhood and carry into their adult lives. Robert Webb

A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human. Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Nothing changes the gender equation more significantly than women’s economic freedom. Gloria Steinem

Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all kinds of oppression. Nelson Mandela

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideas. Emma Watson. Gender equality quotes

Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity. Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

With boys there was a fundamental assumption that they had a right to be there—not always, but more often than not. With girls, Why her? came up so quickly. Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today women make up of half the U.S. workforce, but the average working women earn only 77% of what the average man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Beyonce Knowles

There is no such thing as a woman who doesn’t work. There is only a woman who isn’t paid for her work. Caroline Criado-Perez, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it. Thomas Sowell


A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. Gloria Steinem

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers. Dave Barry

In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world. Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

I think I’m a humanist. I believe all humans should have equal rights to live, express, flourish, love and dissent, irrespective of their gender, caste, class, socio-economic strata, disabilities, political stance, religion or faith. Sayani Gupta

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. Plato, The Republic

In the middle east, it is about changing values, such as respect for women. Haifaa Al- Mansour

And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing that a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus. John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

It doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, your sexual preference, the region where you were born, your gender. We’re all equal… We can’t take certain minorities and think they have super powers and are different from the others. Jair Bolsonaro

A world full of empowered women isn’t one where men are marginalized. It’s a world where everyone thrives. Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International

Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to… But gender identity is who you are in your soul. Caitlyn Jenner

I am not the woman president of Harvard, I am the president of Harvard. Drew Gilpin Faust

All through life there were distinctions – toilets for men, toilets for women; clothes for men, clothes for women – then, at the end, the graves are identical. Leila Aboulela, Minaret

I never, ever grew up as a young woman believing that my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted. Jacinda Ardern

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. Jane Austen, Persuasion

Hiring and promoting talented women is the right thing to do for society and  it is an economic imperative. Carlos Ghosn

We must raise both the ceiling and the floor. Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

No country can every truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half its citizens. Michelle Obama


When girls are valued less than boys, women less than men, they face multiple risks throughout their lives – at home, at work, at school, from their families, and from strangers. Gender-based violence is a major consequence of gender inequality. It is a worldwide phenomenon. Bukky Shonibare

The emancipation of woman will only be possible when woman can take part in production on a large, social scale, and domestic work no longer claims anything but an insignificant amount of her time. Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

We need to start identifying the triggers that aggravate mental health issues in our society – bullying, social media negativity and anxiety, gender based violence, substance abuse, stigma around issues such as maternal issues, etc., and we need to speak up about these more and get to the source of the problems. Sanam Saeed

Equality is not just the right thing to do. It’s smart economics. How can an economy achieve full potential if it ignores, sidelines, or fails to invest in half its population? Robert Zoellick

A gender line… helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is time that men and boys recognize the part they must play in gender equality and join with the voices and actions of the women and girls who are trying to re-shape society in the interests of us all. Jimmy Carter

The word feminism has become synonymous with man-hating when in fact it has more to do with women than men. Aysha Taryam, The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries

Sexuality is who you want to be with. Gender identity is who you want to be in the world. Hari Nef

I raise my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back. Malala Yousafzai

We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother. Maya Lin

Gender equality is the goal that will help abolish poverty that will create more equal economies, fairer societies, and happier men, women, and children. Graça Machel

When the majority of jokes made at the expense of trans people center on “men wearing dresses” or “men who want their penises cut off” that is not transphobia – it is trans-misogyny. When the majority of violence and sexual assaults omitted against trans people is directed at trans women, that is not transphobia – it is trans-misogyny. Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original. Judith Butler

Equal pay isn’t just a women’s issue; when women get equal pay, their family incomes rise, and the whole family benefits. Mike Honda

Women were brought up to have only one set of manners. A woman was either a lady or she wasn’t, and we all know what the latter meant. Not even momentary lapses were allowed; there is no female equivalent of the boys-will-be-boys concept. Judith Martin, Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson

Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it. George Carlin


The change I want to see is a start-up environment where everyone, regardless of gender and background, feels welcome and safe; where sexual harassment or discrimination will not impede great talent from producing great impact. Christine Tsai

Men of quality respect women’s equality. Jeremiah Say. Gender equality quotes

Girls are weighed down by restrictions, boys with demands – two equally harmful disciplines. Simone de Beauvoir

God does not discriminate against people, regardless of color, religion, social class, or gender and sexual preferences. Rodrigo Duterte

To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. Hillary Clinton

I find it strange that practicing law in a comfortable well-heated office is considered too demanding an occupation for women, yet laboring from dawn’s first light in crowded, drafty, ill-lit sweatshops is not. Shirley Tallman, Murder on Nob Hill

There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability. Sharron Angle

The scrutiny on our bodies distracts us from what’s really going on here: control. The emphasis on our appearance distracts us from the real focus: power. Alok Vaid-Menon, Beyond the Gender Binary

I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side. Maya Angelou

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