Gender Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gender quotes, gender sayings, and gender proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught.     

Leslie Feinberg

Gender is irrelevant. Certainly the tennis ball doesn't know what the gender was of the tennis coach.     

Martina Navratilova

We keep everything gender neutral.     

Sarah McDonald

If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine.     

William H. Gass

That gender is a choice, or that gender is a role, or that gender is a construction that one puts on, as one puts on clothes in the morning, that there is a 'one' who is prior to this gender, a one who goes to the wardrobe of gender and decides with deliberation which gender it will be today.     

Judith Butler

Gender preference does not define you. Your spirit defines you.     

P. C. Cast

To say that gender is performative is a little different because for something to be performative means that it produces a series of effects. We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman.     

Judith Butler

Gender equality is more successful than armed force.     

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

When gender comes down upon us, male or female, it comes as a restriction.     

Gloria Steinem

Gender is a social construct, but everyone likes to cuddle.     

Danielle Henderson

Gender based violence anywhere is a threat to peace and security everywhere.     

John F Kerry

Gender is an identity tenuously constituted in time, instituted in an exterior space through a stylized repetition of acts.     

Judith Butler

Thus, gender ideology no only creates ides about femininity but it also shapes conceptions of masculinity.     

Patricia Hill Collins

Every life regardless of background or gender has equal value.     

Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber

A gender-equal society would be one where the word gender does not exist: where everyone can be themselves     

Gloria Steinem

The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be, rather than recognising how we are.     

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Gender is really varied and complicated and sort of infinitely individualistic.     

Susan Faludi

Gender is between your ears and not between your legs.     

Chaz Bono

Your gender identity is who you are. Sexual identity is who you bounce that off of.     

Andrew Solomon

The most important thing is to have a more open and honest dialogue about gender issues.     

Sheryl Sandberg

Yes, there's a problem with gender as it is today, and we must fix it, we must do better.     

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We are born as who we are, the gender thing is something that is imposed on you.     

Laverne Cox

Whether we like it or not, gender differences matter in a combat situation.     

Pete Hegseth

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance.     

Clifford Geertz

Gender has become part of the defining way that youth organise themselves and rebel against adults.     

Caitlin Ryan

There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender identity is performatively constituted by the very expressions that are said to be its results.     

Judith Butler

Gender equality must become a lived reality     

Michelle Bachelet

Gender mattered a whole lot less to Shakespeare than it seems to matter to us.     

John Irving

Gender is not something that one is, it is something one does, an act a doing rather than a being.     

Judith Butler

There are gender health differences, and we need to know what they are.     

Laura Bush