10 Great Quotes for Women’s Equality Day

91335532“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to learn respect, responsibility, advancement, and remuneration based on ability.” – Sandra Day O’Connor



In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day”, a date selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality, a mission we take seriously here at Generation W.

Here are 10 great quotes on equality from some of our most popular online stories:




“…I’ll be happy when people can move on from that, and things can just be ‘comedies’ and not ‘female’ or ‘male’, and everyone gets an equal opportunity.”–Kristen Wiig on Equality in Comedy


“The media needs to continue its diligence in the way it portrays female athletes.  We all know the opportunity is an even larger one as we all try to figure out and optimize how to play the game of life together, with respect and equity.” —Female Athletes Changing the Game


“We’ve had a long time with the [Title IX] statute and we’re still pretty far away from gender equity.” —Why We Need to Level the Playing Field for Girls


“There is an unspoken question simmering underneath the issues around women’s advancement that is palpable: does the progress of women come at the expense of men? NY Times writer and author Nicholas Kristof has done an outstanding job of documenting the fact that when women win, we ALL win.”–This Election Season, Women Take Action


“To truly shift the trajectory of women leaders in the workplace, it is important to understand perspectives and ideas from male leaders who continue to change the landscape for women.”–Why Gender Equality Needs a Few Good Men


“It’s time our community does more to include the views, expertise, and talents of more women in helping Jacksonville become a better city. And it’s time we step up our efforts to empower the voices of more local women to not merely be heard but to be genuinely listened to as well.”–Jacksonville Needs More Women in Seats of Power


“What we saw was a visceral reaction that reminds us, it’s one thing to write these words onscreen, but it’s another thing to say it aloud to someone’s face.”–Men Reading Mean Tweets to Female Sports Reporters


“The pay gap between men and women offends our values as Americans, as long as it exists, our businesses, our communities, and our Nation will suffer the consequences.”–Equal Pay Day is Here


“We have women who just trained to be Rangers. Girls are dreaming of things once thought to be only allowed for boys.”–The Opportunities and Challenges Faced by Women Serving on the Front Lines


“The empowerment of the world’s women is a global imperative. Yet despite important progress in promoting gender equality, there remains an urgent need to address structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment and full inclusion in economic activity.”–UN Hosts Inaugural Meeting of High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment