Women’s Equality Quotes & Sayings 2020

It’s my privilege to share women equality, women empowerment and feminism quotes. A woman is one who follows her own footsteps rather than following the direction shown by the crowd. Explore, share and enjoy the best quotes about women’s equality, women rights and power. Happy Women’s Equality Day 2020.

Every year on 26th August we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. Because on this 19th amendment was finally certified and adopted into the Constitution of the United States granting women the right to vote. This day was first celebrated on 26th August 1973. Since then this day is celebrated as the Women’s Equality Day.

Women Equality Day Quotes

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

― Maya Angelou
Maya_Angelou_speech_for_Barack_Obama_campaign_2008 (Source: Talbot Troy / CC BY )

2. “I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.”

― Maya Angelou

3. “A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”

— Gloria Steinem

4. “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”

― Gloria Steinem

5. “When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose a woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.”

— Malala Yousafzai

6. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”

― Michelle Obama
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Michelle Obama (Source: Dezeen)

7. “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

— Emma Watson

8. “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today women make up of half the U.S. workforce, but the average working women earn only 77% of what the average man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.”

— Beyonce Knowles

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

― Gloria Steinem

10. “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

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11. “We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is that we have a uniting movement.”

— Emma Watson
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12. “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realise their worth and ask for it.”

— Taylor Swift

13. “I don’t really like being in the centre of attention. I’m not used to that. All my life I have been like the invisible girl at the back that no one sees or listens to.”

Greta Thunberg, Activist

14. “A world full of empowered women isn’t one where men are marginalized. It’s a world where everyone thrives.”

― Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International

15. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”

— Hilary Clinton

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16. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

— Malala Yousafzai
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Malala Yusafzai (Source: Southbank Centre / CC BY)

17. “Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.”

— Corita Kent

18. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us wants to be in calm waters all our lives.”

― Jane Austen, Persuasion

19. “One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe.”

— Alice Walker

20. “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Madeleine Albright, politician

Quotes about Feminism and women rights

21. “Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men. It does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a bitch or a dyke, it means you believe in “equality”.”

– Kate Nash

22. “I raise my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

― Malala Yousafzai

23. “Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”

— Charlotte Whitton

24. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”

― Rebecca West, writer

25. “We need to encourage girls that their voice matters. I think there are hundreds and thousands of Malalas out there.”

– Malala Yousafzai

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26. “My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.”

Ani DiFranco, singer

27. “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”

— Amelia Earhart

28. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

—Margaret Thatcher

29. “If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.”

Kathryn Bigelow, director and writer

30. “I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with.”

— Evita Peron

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31. “Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we’ve rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.”

– Gloria Steinem

32. “Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defence of women hating.”

– Andrea Dworkin

33. “We have to free half of the human race, the women so that they can help to free the other half.”

– Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette

34. “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”

— Susan B. Anthony

35. “I’d like every man who doesn’t call himself a feminist to explain to the women in his life why he doesn’t believe in equality for women.”

– Louise Brealey, actor and writer

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36. “Feminism is about giving women a choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.”

– Emma Watson

37. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

– Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister 1979-1990

38. “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

Hillary Clinton

39. “The idea of being a feminist- so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex – but what feminism is about is equality and human rights.”

– Lena Dunham, writer and director

40. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

– Madeleine Albright

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41. “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”

– G.D. Anderson

42. “We cannot expect in the immediate future that all women who seek it will achieve full equality of opportunity. But if women are to start moving towards that goal, we must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed.”

Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Prize winner in physicist

43. “Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.”

Gloria Steinem

44. “There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, writer

45. “There’s many women now who think, ‘Surely we don’t need feminism anymore, we’re all liberated and society’s accepting us as we are.’ Which is all hogwash. It’s not true at all.”

Yoko Ono, artist

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46. Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, An associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

47. “You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.”

Erin McKean, American lexicographer

48. “Women are still treated as secondary issues. It is still far too easy and accepted for leaders to ignore uncomfortable truths… Women, we know, are the first to be affected by war, and the last to be taken into account when it ends.”

Angelina Jolie, actor and activist

49. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.

Rihanna, Singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist.

50. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

Michelle Obama

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51. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us wants to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Jane Austen, writer

52. “Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.”

— Corita Kent, artist

53. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”

Bette Davis

54. “A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.”

― Vera Nazarian,

55. “I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had, as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f***ing shut up.’ Somehow, it became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great that we’re coming out of that.”

Keira Knightley, actor

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56. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

Audre Lorde

57. “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideas.”

― Emma Watson

58. “The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. If they see their mothers and other women in their lives going forward despite fear, they’ll know it’s possible.”

Gloria Steinem, writer and activist

59. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”

Sheryl Sandberg

60. “…women were brought up to have only one set of manners. A woman was either a lady or she wasn’t, and we all know what the latter meant. Not even momentary lapses were allowed; there is no female equivalent of the boys-will-be-boys concept.”

― Judith Martin

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61. “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country, As a woman, my country is the whole world.”

Virginia Woolf, writer

62. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”


63. “We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means, but for me, it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It is about very basic things. It’s not a badge like a fashion item.”

Annie Lennox, singer and political activist

64. “No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.”

Kamala Harris

65. “Women are always told, ‘You’re not going to make it, it’s too difficult, you can’t do that, don’t enter this competition, you’ll never win it,’ – they need confidence in themselves and people around them to help them to get on.”

Zaha Hadid, architect

66. “To be a woman is to observe others observing you. To be a feminist is to intentionally rewrite what you have observed.” -Marquita Burke-De Jesus”

― Marquita Burke-DeJesus

67. “A woman must not accept, she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”

Margaret Sanger, Activist

68. “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was a woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.”

Janelle Monáe

69. “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they are asking to do it, the men better let them.”

Sojourner Truth, activist

70. “There are brave men. And there are brave women.”

― Mitta Xinindlu

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71. “I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.”

― Michelle Obama

72. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

73. “I feel now that the time has come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

74. “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

Hillary Clinton

75. “The emerging woman … will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied…strength and beauty must go together.”

Louisa May Alcott, writer

76. “Asking for acceptance and equal rights isn’t selfish. It wouldn’t be an issue at all if other people accepted them instead of thinking of them as freaks.”

― Misa Sugiura

77. “Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

78. “They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, ‘How else did you expect me to show up?'”

Ilhan Omar

79. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”

Helen Keller

80. “In my opinion, the most exciting potential of women of colour formations resides in the possibility of politicizing this identity—basing the identity on politics rather than the politics on identity.”

Angela Davis

Women empowerment quotes

81. “It is not easy being a woman. You have to keep fighting for your rights. You have to tell the world that you are no less. Warm wishes on Women’s Equality Day to you.”

82. “Lucky are those, who are blessed with a feminine presence in their lives! Feel proud to be a woman.”

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83. “A woman can be anything she wants as long as she decides to never fear anyone. Cheers to all the strong women out there.”

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84. “The important thing to follow is not to compete in a battle of genders but to achieve equilibrium.”

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85. “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Arundhati Roy

86. “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.”

Coretta Scott King

87. A nation can only progress if it acknowledges and identifies the rights of its women. Happy Women’s Equality day to every opinionated woman out there!

88. “Around the world there are countless examples of women rising, taking leadership, taking their destiny into their own hands, inspiring all of us. But women and girls are still the majority of the victims of war. They are over half of all refugees and the vast majority of the victims of rape and other sexual and gender-based violence.”

Angelina Jolie

89. This world cannot survive without the involvement of women. Till the doomsday continue the fight for equality. Happy Women’s Equality Day!

90. A woman is born with the power to save and love, her existence is based on the truthfulness in her eyes. Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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91. “More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs.”

Roxanne Dunbar

92. “Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women’s liberation … none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.”

Barbara Ehrenreich

93. A Woman has the power to protect the world and not just herself. Huge respect for that. Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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94. “By propagating women’s nature as non-violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society.”

Anuradha Ghandi

95. A woman is one who follows her own footsteps rather than following the direction shown by the crowd. Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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96. “When a woman is assaulted, one of the first questions people ask is, Did you say no? This question assumes that the answer was always yes and that it is her job to revoke the agreement. To defuse the bomb she was given. But why are they allowed to touch us until we physically fight them off? Why is the door open until we have to slam it shut?”

Chanel Miller

97. Women are the most untapped reservoir of talent in the world. Warm wishes on Women’s Equality Day to you.

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98. “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

Virginia Woolf

99. Our mother is one person who makes us realize our dreams. Cheers to the existence of this great creature of the Universe!

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