12 Best Quotes About Feminism From Historic Men


Oct 19, 2015

12 Best Quotes About Feminism From Historic Men

We have acknowledged the brave women of the past who made great strides for gender equality around the world, and we continue to praise the women who are speaking out for women's rights today.

However, we can not forget the men who have also championed for women's rights and have changed history while doing so.

From former United States presidents, to the 14th Dalai Lama, to historic philosophers, we've gathered 12 of our favorite quotes from historic men who have spoken out for equal rights below. 

1. "When women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them — their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women; we men need to recognize the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve." –Prince Harry

2. "…[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrow-mindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included)."
Karl Marx, Selected Letters: The Personal Correspondence 1844-1877

3. "I call myself a feminist. Isn't that what you call someone who fights for women's rights?" –Dalai Lama

4.  "We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacle to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter." –Barack Obama

5. "My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias." –James McNeill Whistler

6. "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." –Brigham Young

7. "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." –George Washington

8. "Women should have every honorable motive to exertion which is enjoyed by man, to the full extent of her capacities and endowments. The case is too plain for argument. Nature has given woman the same powers, and subjected her to the same earth, breathes the same air, subsists on the same food, physical, moral, mental and spiritual." –Frederick Douglass 

9. "To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater courage? Without her man could not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman … Who can make a more effective appeal to he heart than woman?" –Gandhi

10. "The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society." –Jimmy Carter

11. "Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression... Our endeavors must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child." –Nelson Mandela 

12. "Conservative friends tell me that woman’s duty is the home. Certainly. So is man's. The duty of a woman to the home isn’t any more than the man’s. If any married man doesn’t know that the woman pulls a little more than her share in the home he needs education. If the average man has more leisure to think of public matters than the average woman has, then it’s a frightful reflection on him. If the average man tells you the average woman hasn’t the time to think of these questions, tell him to go home and do his duty. The average woman needs fifteen minutes to vote, and I want to point out to the alarmist that she will have left 364 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes." –Theodore Roosevelt 

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