Gender Equality Sayings and Quotes

The struggle for gender equality has come a long way. While much progress has been made along the journey, more work needs to be done. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful gender equality quotes.

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

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

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.     


When men are oppressed it's a tragedy, when women are oppressed it's a tradition.     

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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

Ivan Illich

Gender equality is not something we should have to fight for, it should have always been.     

Robyn Oyeniyi

I believe I've always been a big believer in equality. No one has ever been able to tell me I couldn't do something because I was a girl.     

Anne Hathaway

Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.     

Bella Abzug

I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as unqualified as some of the men who are already there.     

Maureen Reagan

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.     

Marlo Thomas

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl.     

Shirley Chisholm

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

Emma Watson

Gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation.     

Kofi Annan

No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.     

Emma Watson

Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women.     

Michelle Bachelet

Gender equality is a precondition to overcoming starvation, poverty and epidemics.     

Khalid Malik

If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?     

Mary Astell

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.     

Marilyn Monroe

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


A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.     

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality.     

Helen Clark

I would gladly admit women are superior to men if only they would stop trying to be the same as us.     

Sacha Guitry

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

Gloria Steinem

A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality.     

Jill Briscoe

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

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

Man will never understand woman and vice versa. We are oil and water. An equal level can never be maintained, as one will always excel where the other doesn't, and that breeds resentment.     

Dionne Warwick

Men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus instead we are all people. Deal with it.     

Shahla Khan

How is it women have equality when it comes to taking a hit but the rest of the time they're just some guy's property?     

Joanna Wylde

Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone's different needs.     

Terry Eagleton