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

The difference between men and women is getting harder and harder to invent.     

Marty Rubin

More countries have understood that women's equality is a prerequisite for development.     

Kofi Annan

You just wish sometimes that people would treat you like a human being rather than seeing your gender first and who you are second.     

Frances Ogrady

...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

Gender equality must become a lived reality.     

Michelle Bachelet

What happened on the road to gender equality? A lot of work happened.     

Suzanne Bianchi

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

Maya Angelou

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.     

Jim Harrison

Women want to be treated as equals, not sequels!     

Kathy Lette

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.     


It may be a man's world, but men are easily controlled by women.     

Ashly Lorenzana

Sporting events like the Olympics have developed and maintained a clear message of promoting gender equality as an essential criterion in the success of any international event.     

Richard Attias

All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality.     

David Allan Coe

Perfect love cannot be without equality.     

Scottish Proverb

Six feet of earth make all men equal.     


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

Bob Dylan

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.     

Publilius Syrus

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