To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.
These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases, new hires qualify for food stamps.
In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.
Harry A. Blackmun
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.
The cry of equality pulls everyone down.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
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.
People are pretty much alike. It’s only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.
Private religious speech can’t be discriminated against. It has to be treated equally with secular speech.
If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.
All imaginable futures are not equally possible.
Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
Women have a lot to say about how to advance women’s rights, and governments need to learn from that, listen to the movement and respond.
Women’s rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.
Nobody really believes in equality anyway.
I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership.
If any man claims the Negro should be content… let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette