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The 200 Best Quotes On Equality

200 Equality Quotes

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood

“There’s no way to tell others they can win but by living your dreams” – Gina Rodriguez

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” – Coco Chanel

“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Our ability to reach unity in diversitywill be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men, but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

“Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.” – Tom Perez

“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 need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation.” – Cesar Chavez

“Love is a snowflake for no two are ever the same.” – Kamand Kojouri

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” – Maya Angelou

“Let me be me, or let me be.” – Anthony Liccione

“…you will be empowered and you will achieve.” – Ursula Burns

“I am influenced more than ever before by the conviction that social equality is the only basis of human happiness.” – Nelson Mandela

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore

“I do not want to be the angel of any home: I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. After that is secured, then men and women can take turns being angels.” – Agnes Macphail

“The most damaging phrase in the language is it’s always been done that way.” – Grace Hopper

“People will be able to see their similarities before differences.” – Suzy Kassem

“Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions.” – Slobodan Milosevic

“The goal of a just society should be to provide satisfying work with a living wage to all its citizens.” – Michael Dirda

“Regardless of what race, what color, what sex, what nationality, what sexual orientation – regardless of who you are, equality should always rule! Whatever is right for you is right. Period.” – Winnie Harlow

“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.” – Jintao Hu

“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

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Believe that there are no limitations, no barriers to your success” – Ursula Burns

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston Churchill

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

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.” – David Cameron

“If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.” – Franz Boas

“We must allow difference of taste.” – Jane Austen

“Responsive leadership has no title, no age group, and has very little to do with whether or not you are an elected official or CEO of a company. Responsive leadership is our ability to take action and actively play our part in our communities.” – Zamantungwa Khumalo

“Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.” – Barbara Jordan

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

“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

“Collective action remains the best way of renewing the march towards the great trinity of liberty, equality, and solidarity.” – Guy Standing

“Indeed, if a woman had no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of the utmost importance […] But this is the woman in fiction. In fact, as Professor Trevelyan points out, she was locked up, beaten, and flung about the room.” – Virginia Woolf

“Business leaders benefit from having unique platforms and positions of influence, and I believe that using these tools to create positive social change is not just important – it is imperative. We have a responsibility to give back.” – Cherie Blair

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“As a girl, she was a legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status.” – Stieg Larsson

“As AI becomes ever more entwined into everyone’s daily life, it is crucial that we as Trailblazers take our responsibility seriously — to build out AI that empowers people and that fosters equality, not inequality.” – Rana el Kaliouby

“We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products.”

“With so much “Moos” from the herd, how you gon’ get heard.” – Chinonye Chidolue

“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

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

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

“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

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s…[bossy].” – Bette Davis

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony

“If you hate difference, you’ll be bored to death.” – Toba Beta

“When women leaders like me do not feel the inequality, we tend to forget that something is not working.” – Ida Auken

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

“The future is all of us… We need to add seats to the table. We’re not taking away seats. We need to include everyone. This is for the betterment of everyone’s world.” – Natalie Portman

“We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” – Tim Berners-Lee

“Diversity is what makes life interesting.” – Khoudia Diop

“We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.” – Stevie Wonder

“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 world doesn’t celebrate your similarity but your difference.” – Bernard Clive

“Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.” – Walter Winchell

“Inequality, in all its forms — gender, LGBTQ, racial, or otherwise — is an issue that every company must address for its own benefit and to create a better world. We believe businesses need to focus on closing the equality gap with the same energy put into creating new products and markets.” – Tony Prophet

“It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorder

“Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” – Viola Davis

“When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.” – Taylor Swift

“Who runs the world? Girls.” – Beyoncé

“Difference in opinion does not imply difference in principle.” – Mike Klepper

“We are all equal in the fact that we are all different.” – C. Joybell C.

“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

“Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it.” – Connor Franta

“D&I needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in.”

“The word ‘equality’ shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it’s not the American way.” – Martha Plimpton

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.” – Michelle Obama

“Equality implies individuality.” – Trey Anastasio

“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

“Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit.” – Shannon Alder

“The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity.” – U Thant

“All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free.” – Voltaire

“Don’t let your luggage define your travels, each life unravels differently.” – Shane Koyczan

“When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I believe in equality for everyone.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“In order to make a difference you would have to somehow be different.” – Johnnie Dent

“Life is not a competition between men and woman. It is a collaboration.” – David Alejandro Fearnhead

“My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” – Taylor Swift

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

“Next time you are about to call a little girl bossy, say instead: She has executive leadership skills.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“I can tell you, without diversity, creativity remains stagnant.” – Edward Enninful

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

“If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.” – Tory Burch

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”

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

“The trends that are shaping the twenty-first-century world embody both promise and peril. Globalization, for example, has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty while contributing to social fragmentation and a massive increase in inequality, not to mention serious environmental damage.” – Klaus Schwab

“Men of quality respect women’s equality.” – Jeremiah Say

“I know of no industrial society where women are the economic equals of men. Of everything that economics measures, women get less.” – Ivan Illich

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play.” – Jane Goodall

“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

“I truly believe that diversity is so important, and I hope that I can use my platform to encourage and inspire other aspiring female artists.” – Madison Beer

“Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“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

“They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, ‘How else did you expect me to show up?” – Ilhan Omar

“As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them.” – Orhan Pamuk

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”

“A society that fails to harness the energy and creativity of its women is at a huge disadvantage in the modern world.” – Tian Wei

“Though a sea of difference may divide us, an entire world of commonality lies beneath.” – James Rozoff

“There are so much wealth and so much misery at the same time, that it seems incredible that people can endure such class difference, and accept such a form of hunger while on the other hand, the millionaires throw away millions on stupidities.” – Frida Kahlo

“Feminism is for everybody.” – bell hooks

“Women must learn to play the game as men do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“…gender relationships, which are tough for people to deal with, are key to whether a society orients to domination or partnership in all its relations.” – Riane Eisler

“Diversity should be forever; it should be a normal thing.” – Storm Reid

“I’m pro everyday equality, everyday celebration, and everyday respect. I feel fortunate that we are not back in the days when men were seen as more powerful.” – Elle Macpherson

“To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, let me say: You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold. Today, I stand with you, and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you, too.” – Ban Ki-Moon

“Women and girls should be able to determine their own future, no matter where they are born.” – Melinda Gates

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” – Harvey Milk

“Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.” – Corita Kent

“Feminism, when it truly achieves its goals, will crack through the most basic structures of our society.” – Shulamith Firestone

“Alone, a woman is a root curling for change, But together, women are a forest alive with spirit: a riotous power, the most timeless pact, a call to action, to all those who hear it.” – Amanda Gorman

“Some things just cannot wait. Men must stand up now for women’s equality.” – Rick Goings

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

“Entrepreneurship offers a special opportunity for women. Entrepreneurship provides women the opportunity to provide for their families without sacrificing their roles and responsibilities. It gives way for flexibility.” – Lakshmi Balachandra

“There is a huge business case for diversity. You will be making products for people you don’t understand, you don’t interact with. If you don’t have an inclusive, diverse workforce, it makes you myopic.” – Renee James

“Gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation.” – Kofi Annan

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

“Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.” – Clive Barker

“As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy

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

“What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.”

“The pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness can become a reality for everyone if we eliminate issues standing in the way of improved race relations. I love this country and we’ve made so much progress, but we’re not there yet.” – Bernard J. Tyson

“These men ask for just the same thing: fairness, and fairness only. This is, so far as in my power, they and all others shall have.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” – Patricia Arquette

“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

“Once made equal to man, a woman becomes his superior.” – Socrates

“Everyone’s a star and deserves the right to twinkle.” – Marilyn Monroe

“To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.” – William Faulkner

“These men ask for just the same thing: fairness, and fairness only. This is, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” – Frances Wright

“The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one. Period. End of story.” – Amanda Lovelace

“When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title.” – Criss Jami

“True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity – or political ideology.” – Monica Crowley

“Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” – Bill Clinton

“The path to diversity begins with supporting, mentoring, and sponsoring diverse women and men to become leaders and entrepreneurs.” – Denise Morrison

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” – Brigham Young

“Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.” – Aristotle

“We must look past our own narrow interests and attend to the interests of our global society.” – Klaus Schwab

“The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die.” – David Foster

“Cultivating diversity in all its forms – of our content, products, and people – is one of our most important business imperatives.” – Jeff Bewkes

“My becoming the CEO is a testament to our long commitment to diversity inclusion. And I intend to really focus and really pay that forward for our future diverse leaders at Deloitte.” – Cathy Engelbert

“Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.” – Tom Robbins

“Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It’s how true friends talk.” – Peggy Noonan

“From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.” – Carl Shurz

“Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing, and the cherry on top, too.” – Billie Jean King

“All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.” – Bob Dylan

“Understanding languages and other cultures builds bridges.” – Suzy Kassem

“The Universal Zulu Nation stands to acknowledge wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, and equality, peace, unity, love, and having fun, work, overcoming the negative through the positive, science, mathematics, faith, facts, and the wonders of God, whether we call him Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, or Jah.” – Afrika Bambaataa

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another.” – Thomas Paine

“Women’s rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.” – Toni Morrison

“The only way to solve the problem of women’s subordination is to change people’s mindset and to plant the new idea of gender equality into every mind.” – Qingrong Ma

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…” – Emma Watson

“Companies can do more than just make money; they can serve others. The business of business is improving the state of the world.” – Marc Benioff

“When women do better, economies do better.” – Christine Lagarde

“You can’t make a difference unless you are different.” – Chris Hodges

“Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.”

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Women are more sensitive to other women than men are, and that is a huge advantage when it comes to running a business.” – Juan Carlos Thomas

“All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference.” – Voltaire

“Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag.” – Adrian Cronauer

“I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.” – Madonna

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

“To see a woman making 5 dollars a day that was able to put a dollar aside to reinvest in her business was pretty remarkable.” – Rachel Robbins

“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” – B. R. Ambedkar

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

“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

“I raise up 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

“Before God, we are all equally wise, and equally foolish.” – Albert Einstein

“You deserve to be here. You deserve to exist. You deserve to take up space in this world of men.” – MacKenzie Lee

“Society as 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

“Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It’s about something greater. It’s about acceptance.” – Charlize Theron

“We’re all on different paths but headed in the same direction.” – Marty Rubin

“We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. That fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court.” – Lilly Ledbetter

“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” – Alice Paul

“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

“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.”

“I want our future leaders to know what’s possible and to be part of a world where diversity and gender equality aren’t special programs but the natural way of operating.” – Pierre Nanterme

“No man is above the law, and no man is below it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” – Aristotle

“In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality.” – Katori Hall

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes

“We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.” – Vladimir Putin

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

“In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.” – Mary McCarthy

“We must be headlights, not taillights.” – John Lewis

“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” – Robert Kennedy

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.” – Aristotle

“When men are oppressed it’s a tragedy, when women are oppressed it’s a tradition.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Originally published October 13, 2021, updated October 13, 2021

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