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22 Inspiring Quotes in Celebration of Women's Equality Day

22 Inspiring Quotes in Celebration of Women's Equality Day

Women were granted the right to vote exactly 96 years ago on Friday. It's a day to celebrate how far we've come, but even more, it's a day to inspire one another continue the fight for equality.

A Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971 declared August 26th Women's Equality Day, and 45 years later no sane person can claim we live in a world of gender equality.

We have a long way to go, so let's get inspired with these quotes.

1. "Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776." —Susan B. Anthony

2. "WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States." —Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971

3. "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." —Madeleine Albright


4. "I believe women not just in the United States but throughout the world deserve equality and freedom but know I am in no position to tell women of other cultures what that equality and freedom should look like." ―Roxane Gay

5. "[Feminism is] equality: politically; culturally; socially; economically. That’s it, that simple." —Emma Watson

6. "Making it through the ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman’s footprints." Shonda Rhimes

7. "I am a feminist. And I'm so glad that Lena Dunham exists, because she is one too, and she's quite vocal about it. Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it's hardly equal. It's just not." —Claire Danes

8. "I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work based on their gender. Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward-thinking and progressive people, yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential. Gender neutral hiring is essential." —Kathryn Bigelow

9. "I have these meetings with really powerful men and they ask me all the time, 'Where are your kids? Are your kids here?' It's such a weird question. Never in a million years do I ask guys where their kids are. It would be comparable to me going to a guy, 'Do you feel like you see your kids enough?'" —Amy Poehler

10. "There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers." —Susan B. Anthony

11. "We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored." —Sheryl Sandberg

12. "[Having a female president] matters. It matters because we have half the population that has given so much to building this country, to making it work, and of course I want to see a woman in the White House. Because, if I look at my friends and former colleagues who are now in the Senate, it was the women senators on both sides of the aisle who finally broke the fever over the government shutdown and debt limit debate. They have been working across party lines, and we need more of that." —Hillary Clinton

13. "We just need to put our foot down. This is a good time for us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you're doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way." —Charlize Theron

14. "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


15. "It's hard not to feel humorless, as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you're not imagining things. It's hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening; it's that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly." —Roxane Gay

16. "How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?" —Emma Watson

17. "We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around." —Geraldine Ferraro

18. "Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done." —Susan B. Anthony

19. "I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century." —Hillary Clinton

20. "We're viewed as equals — but we're still not there yet. […] The challenge for our girls, I think, is dealing with that resistance. How can we lift and defuse it, how do we make it so our equality is not so threatening? Our girls are going to have to contend with that. I contend with it right now in every realm I operate in." —Meryl Streep

21. "Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand besides us, fight with us." —Christabel Pankhurst

22. "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. 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

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