Best Quotes About Equality

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes. -Khalil Gibran

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. -Irving Kristol

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

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. -Mahatma Gandhi

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. -Anatole France

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. -Aristotle

We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments. -Adlai Stevenson I

There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. -Woodrow Wilson

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

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. -Carl Schurz

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. -Andrew Jackson

The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. -Anatole France

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes. -Samuel Johnson

It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality. -Samuel Johnson

Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. -Plato

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. -Alexis de Tocqueville

The cry of equality pulls everyone down. -Iris Murdoch

All sports must be treated on the basis of equality. -Pierre de Coubertin

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

Do people really want liberty, equality, fraternity? Is it not some manner of speaking? -Krzysztof Kieslowski

Republicans many times can't get the words 'equality of opportunity' out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way. -Jack Kemp

Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace. -Simone Weil

His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs, but there will never be equality in the servants hall. -James M. Barrie

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. -Erich Fromm

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

Prosperity or egalitarianism – you have to choose. I favor freedom – you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion. -Mario Vargas Llosa

The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. -James Fenimore Cooper

It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. -Thomas Mann

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. -George Orwell

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. -Thomas Paine

The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone. -Pope John XXIII

A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence. -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak. -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. -Alexis de Tocqueville

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. -John Randolph

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure. -Samuel Johnson

As a result of America's efforts to realize the ideals of equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are ruled by blacks. -David Horowitz

We are all different. Yet we are all God's children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us. -Barbara Boxer

American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality. -Bryant H. McGill

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation – through compassion and courage – about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice. -Mark Pryor

I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there. -Maureen Reagan

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

As of today, we do not need expert reports by the authoritative analytical institutions to realise that the reasons for such a situation in our community lie in global inequality, poverty and illiteracy. -Nursultan Nazarbayev

The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to include all, regardless of their differences; a country that respects all, regardless of their differences; a country that demands equality for all, regardless of their differences. -Paul Martin

The goal of the EU is to form a region of freedom, security and justice. Freedom in this connection cannot be just the freedom of the strong, but it must be combined with fraternity and equality. -Tarja Halonen

Under-representation of women and other inequality among researchers is a problem that will not solve itself as women acquire competence. -Tarja Halonen

We are a model country where gender equality is concerned. -Tarja Halonen

Humanistic values of equality and equal rights for all nations and individuals as crystallized in the principles of the United Nations Charter are mankind's great achievements in the 20th century. -Tran Duc Luong

I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality. -Alice Paul

Civilization is built on a number of ultimate principles… respect for human life, the punishment of crimes against property and persons, the equality of all good citizens before the law… or, in a word justice. -Max Nordau

It's much more acceptable for men to work and father kids. There's an inherent inequality, because we want to do it all, and I don't know how we can do this all. -Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves. -Maximilien Robespierre

In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of 'the Haves' over the human rights of 'the Have Nots' is inevitably called into serious question. -David Korten

Yugoslavia is a multinational community and it can survive only under the conditions of full equality for all nations that live in it. -Slobodan Milosevic

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality. -Adam Clayton

On the road to equality there is no better place for blacks to detour around American values than in forgoing its example in the treatment of its women and the organization of its family. -Eleanor Holmes Norton

Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality. -Harlan Stone

In Canada, women's rights are a vital part of our effort to build a society of real equality – not just for some, but for all Canadians. A society in which women no longer encounter discrimination nor are shut out from opportunities open to others. -Paul Martin

The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service. -Arthur Hugh Clough

There will always be a place for us somewhere, somehow, as long as we see to it that working people fight for everything they have, everything they hope to get, for dignity, equality, democracy, to oppose war and to bring to the world a better life. -Harry Bridges

Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance. -Kim Campbell

In 1965, I marched for equality. -Alphonso Jackson

As a first step there must be an offer to achieve equality of rights in disarmament by abolishing the weapons forbidden to the Central Powers by the Peace Treaties. -Arthur Henderson

Socialism values equality more than liberty. -Dennis Prager

A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. -Friedrich August von Hayek

All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality. -David Allan Coe

All that a good government aims at… is to add no unnecessary and artificial aid to the force of its own unavoidable consequences, and to abstain from fortifying and accumulating social inequality as a means of increasing political inequalities. -James Fenimore Cooper

Now they have come to the place where their faith can no longer feed on the bread of repression and violence. They ask for the bread of liberty, of public equality, and public responsibility. It must not be denied them. -Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones. -Steven Pinker

Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality – an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order. -Friedrich August von Hayek

The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law. -Robert Bork

Another example of the educational inequality is the current debate over publicly financed school vouchers which will provide educational opportunities to a privileged handful, but deprive public schools of desperately needed resources. -Bobby Scott

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman's equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Unless there is recognition that women are most vulnerable… and you do something about social and cultural equality for women, you're never going to defeat this pandemic. -Stephen Lewis

The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength. -Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Mormons… are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command. -Mary Douglas

Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination. -Mary Douglas

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. -Mary Douglas

It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause. -Michael Kinsley

Most of all, we should remember all of us are capable of individually helping advance the spirit of equality for all. -Mike Rogers

A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict. -Robert Shea

But it is also clear that left entirely untouched by public policy, the capitalist system will produce more inequality than is socially healthy or than is necessary for maximum efficiency. -Barney Frank

Increasing inequality in income distribution in this country has broader policy implications, and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate compensation based on decisions they themselves take. -Barney Frank

Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality. -Rowan Williams

Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously. -Bashar al-Assad

To realize that new world we must prefer the values of freedom and equality above all other values – above personal wealth, technical power and nationalism. -Herbert Read

The civil rights movement in the United States was about the same thing, about equality of treatment for all sections of the people, and that is precisely what our movement was about. -John Hume

Elections are also about the future – the pledges that we are making for this country. For those who care about equality and fairness in the UK, and beyond, Labour really is the only choice. -Anne Campbell

I should like to suggest to you that the cause of all the economic troubles is that we have an economic system which tries to maintain an equality of value between two things, which it would be better to recognise from the beginning as of unequal value. -Paul Dirac

The Klan had used fear, intimidation and murder to brutally oppress over African-Americans who sought justice and equality and it sought to respond to the young workers of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the same way. -Charles B. Rangel

The work that must be done for each woman to reconnect with her psyche and to give herself a chance to live her own life is essentially the same. The realization of the equality of all races, the equality of all beings is essential. -Betty Buckley

Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty. -Robert Casey

The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. -Robert Casey

Such security is equal liberty. But it is not necessarily equality in the use of the earth. -Benjamin Tucker

It will appear evident upon attentive consideration that equality of intellectual and physical advantages is the only sure foundation of liberty, and that such equality may best, and perhaps only, be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor. -Frances Wright

Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

It is crucial that members of Congress cast votes that are supportive of the values upon which our nation was founded: equality, freedom, and opportunity for all people. -Joe Baca

Democratic principles are the result of equality of condition. -Mercy Otis Warren

In choosing global corporate partners UNICEF emphasises compatibility with our core values and looks to build alliances that advance our mission of ensuring the health, education, equality and protection for all the world's children. -Carol Bellamy

We are also further than ever from equality of opportunity. -Ferdinand Mount

The March on Washington affirmed our values as a people: equality and opportunity for all. Forty-one years ago, during a time of segregation, these were an ideal. -Leonard Boswell

I would point out that Japan's proposal at the Versailles Peace Conference on the principle of racial equality was rejected by delegates such as those from Britain and the United States. -Hideki Tojo

Nobody really believes in equality anyway. -Warren Farrell

I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family. -Theodore Bikel

I think it's a very central tenet to it yes, it is. I can't bear it, I can't bear inequality, I can't bear bad behaviour to other people. I cannot bear it that people are mean to people who can't help what they are. -Janet Suzman

A formally recognized equality does, however, accord the smaller nations a position which they should be able to use increasingly in the interest of humanity as a whole and in the service of the ideal. -Hjalmar Branting

The equality among all members of the League, which is provided in the statutes giving each state only one vote, cannot of course abolish the actual material inequality of the powers concerned. -Hjalmar Branting

That's part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity. -Lester Maddox

The bill neither confers nor abridges the rights of anyone but simply declares that in civil rights there shall be equality among all classes of citizens and that all alike shall be subject to the same punishment. -Lyman Trumbull

The rights of one sex, political and otherwise, are the same as those of the other sex, and this equality of rights ought to be fully recognized. -Leland Stanford

Republican patience with how unionism deals with the political institutions, and with key issues like equality and human rights, will be tested because, obviously, there will be a battle a day on these matters. So lets face up to all of this with our eyes wide open. -Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice. -Gerry Adams

The days of humiliation, of second-class citizens and of inequality are over and gone forever. -Gerry Adams

The unionists also for their part, want to minimise the potential for change, not only on the equality agenda but on the issues of sovereignty and ending the union. -Gerry Adams

The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule. -James Bovard

I remember becoming aware of women's issues and inequality. It became glaringly clear to me when I was living in America that women are regarded as less intelligent than men. -Julie Christie

God touches and moves, warns and desires all equally, and He wants one quite as much as another. The inequality lies in the way in which His touch, His warnings, and His gifts are received. -Johannes Tauler

On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples; on the other hand, in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these very theories we abhor and verbally condemn. -Emanuel Celler

Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying. -Mikhail Bakunin

Okay, when you start to fight for equality, like Anand did in 1995, you could end up losing game 10, like he did, without putting up any kind of fight. -Vladimir Kramnik

Effective use of Braille is as important to the blind as independent mobility, knowledge in the use of adaptive technology, and the core belief that equality, opportunity and security are truly possible for all people who are blind. -Bob Ney

The focus of tolerance education is to deal with the concept of equality and fairness. We need to establish confidence with children that there is more goodness than horror in this world. -Morris Dees

Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year. -Polly Toynbee

The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization. -Herbert Croly

And it also became clear that these conditions of inequality and historical injustice have given rise to a feeling of hate in the world – a deeply felt hate that cannot easily be overcome with a few good words. -Ulrich Beck

The basis, the corner-stone of this Government, was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it. -Robert Toombs

Give us equality of enjoyment, equal right to expansion – it is as necessary to our prosperity as yours. -Robert Toombs

In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words. -Bianca Jagger

I think it has other roots, has to do, in part, with a general anxiety in contemporary life… nuclear bombs, inequality of possibility and chance, inequality of goods allotted to us, a kind of general racist, unjust attitude that is pervasive. -Leonard Baskin

As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses the sense of his weakness; equality ceases, and then commences the state of war. -Montesquieu

A resilient people cherishing liberty and equality and the rule of law will endure. -Nick Rahall

America, 5 years after this brutal attack, is testament that a Nation conceived in liberty and equality will endure. It is a triumph of millions of Americans but it is also the triumph of an idea larger than any one person, larger than any one nation. -Nick Rahall

It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics. -Paul Wellstone

The land is ours. It's not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people… Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality. -Robert Mugabe

In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known. -Thomas Malthus

Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think men are allowed to be fat and bald and ugly and women aren't. And it's just not – there is no equality there. -Connie Chung

You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil. -Muhammad Ali Jinnah

From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence. -Paul Tsongas

I don't believe in social equality, and they know it. -George Smathers

Because Katrina put it out there, no one can play the pretend game anymore that there isn't poverty and inequality in this country. The Millions More Movement – Katrina gives it added significance. -Marc Morial

Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference. -Marc Morial

Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The sole equality on earth is death. -Philip James Bailey

Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk. -Peggy Noonan

In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality. -Mary McCarthy

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy – I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that. -Arthur Ashe

It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals. -Felix Frankfurter

Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad good-will towards all men? -Dorothy Thompson

Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently. -Tom Robbins

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. -Malcolm X

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself. -William Dean Howells

Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole. -Mao Zedong

There needs to be radical development in equality law to create the environment to allow women to stay in work. -Ken Livingstone

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity. -B. R. Ambedkar

The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity. This is not equality of result. It's equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference. -Robert Reich

What is being called the UN 'gender architecture' is more like a shack. Women need a bigger global house if equality is ever to become a reality. -Charlotte Bunch

As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance. -Mason Cooley

How are men to be secured in any rights without instruction; how to be secured in the equal exercise of those rights without equality of instruction? By instruction understand me to mean knowledge – just knowledge; not talent, not genius, not inventive mental powers. -Frances Wright

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights. -B. R. Ambedkar

It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing. -Herodotus

Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like, Witless will serve his brother. -Thomas Huxley

Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart. -Honore de Balzac

I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. -Agnes Macphail

Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox. -Anna Howard Shaw

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. -Thomas Carlyle

The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality. -Alexis de Tocqueville

The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair. -John F. Kennedy

Demands for equality for women are threats to men's self-esteem and sense of sexual turf. -Alice S. Rossi

In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption. -Raoul Vaneigem

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag. -Adrian Cronauer

If money, education, and honesty will not bring to me as much privilege, as much equality as they bring to any American citizen, then they are to me a curse, and not a blessing. -John Hope

From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots. -Mikhail Bakunin

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. -Plato

I do not want to be the angel of any home: I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. After that is secured, then men and women can take turns being angels. -Agnes Macphail

I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. -Susan Sontag

Everyone has an equal right to inequality. -John Ralston Saul

Free trade is very important if we respect equality among nations. -Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism… to ward off threats to her own security and influence. -Bernadette Devlin

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. -B. R. Ambedkar

The increase in inequality in income is a longtime trend, but the pressure on middle- and low-income workers is going up rapidly. Especially if they live in an area where there are high housing and gas prices, like California. -Alice Rivlin

As long as there is rape… there is not going to be any peace or justice or equality or freedom. You are not going to become what you want to become or who you want to become. You are not going to live in the world you want to live in. -Andrea Dworkin

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. -Barack Obama

The major economic policy challenges facing the nation today – pick your favorites among the usual suspects of low public and household savings, concerns about educational quality and achievement, high and rising income inequality, the large imbalances between our social insurance commitments and resources – are not about monetary policy. -Timothy Geithner

So what we're talking about here is human rights. The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we're facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality. -Bono

You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else. -Bono

We have to restore power to the family, to the neighborhood, and the community with a non-market principle, a principle of equality, of charity, of let's-take-care-of-one-another. That's the creative challenge. -Jerry Brown

I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality. -Andrew Cuomo

Diversity on the bench is critical. As practitioners, you need judges who 'get it!' We need judges who understand what discrimination feels like. We need judges who understand what inequality feels like. We need judges who understand the subtleties of unfair treatment and who are willing to call it out when they see it! -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Earlier feminists were almost universally pro-choice and have dominated political debate until now. Having access to abortion was viewed as the only way women could have full equality with men, who, until recently, couldn't get pregnant. -Kathleen Parker

And think of how we challenged the idea of a male dominated Parliament with All-Women shortlists and made the cause of gender equality central to our government. We were right to do so. -Ed Miliband

We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality. -Arthur C. Brooks

Looking back, there is nothing wrong with that peace, love and equality that the hippies espoused. In many ways, we have regressed because they were into organic food, back to nature, make love not war, be good to all men, share and share alike – which is what many are talking about now. -Imelda Staunton

Obviously, my life and my job in 2010 is very different from Peggy's experience in the 1960s. I exist in a world that enjoys more equality between men and women. But I don't take any of that into my performance. I just want to play the character as who she is as an individual – scene to scene. -Elisabeth Moss

One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That's the American ideal. Poor people don't like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank they don't like to think of themselves as poor. -Jay-Z

With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I'm going to press on for equality. I'm going to press on for the sake of our children. I'm going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I am going to press on. -Barack Obama

The perfection of our union, especially our commitment to equality of opportunity, has been a story of constant striving to live up to our Founding principles. This is what Abraham Lincoln meant when he said, 'In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve.' -Paul Ryan

Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. -Zachary Quinto

It became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. -Zachary Quinto

Racism oppresses its victims, but also binds the oppressors, who sear their consciences with more and more lies until they become prisoners of those lies. They cannot face the truth of human equality because it reveals the horror of the injustices they commit. -Alveda King

The mandate I have received and for which I will speak with heart and head to implement over the next seven years had its four pillars – an inclusive citizenship, equality and participation and respect in a creative society creating an excellence in everything we Irish do. -Michael D. Higgins

Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens. -David Cameron

The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is nothing new in American politics – just as inequality has been a permanent part of our economic system. This is true of virtually all political and economic systems. -Eric Alterman

Half the U.S. population owns barely 2 percent of its wealth, putting the United States near Rwanda and Uganda and below such nations as pre-Arab Spring Tunisia and Egypt when measured by degrees of income inequality. -Eric Alterman

American journalists tend to treat inequality as a fact of life. But it needn't be. -Eric Alterman

In the end no segregationist scheme has withstood the force of a simple idea: equality under law. -Eric Liu

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. -Vidal Sassoon

The word 'equality' shows up too much in our founding documents for anyone to pretend it's not the American way. -Martha Plimpton

Each country has a soul, and France's soul is equality. -Francois Hollande

Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. -Allen West

Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It's about something greater. It's about acceptance. -Charlize Theron

Obviously, I have certain policy positions that I push and advocate for that would benefit people dealing in a system that breeds inequality and makes life more difficult for people. -Tim Ryan

As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. -Hilary Rosen

I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength. -Sandra Lee

For me, being leftist means fighting against injustice and inequality but, most of all, we want to live well. -Evo Morales

The only way to get gay issues off the front pages of Canadian newspapers is to grant gay and lesbian people our full civil equality and leave it alone. -Dan Savage

Family law is institutionally anti-male. I've been lobbying MPs, and I'm not going to give up campaigning for equality until I get equality. -Louis de Bernieres

There's a beauty in being part of a band, when there's equality and trust. -Scott Weiland

You got to fight for quality art and equality and all the things that we're fighting for, the things we believe in. Choice and preference and all those things that we support. We don't want to give up that fight. You got to keep doing it. -Christopher Cross

Conventional wisdom on government's role in inequality often has it backwards. Tax reforms have resulted in a more progressive federal income tax; government transfer payments have become less progressive. -Paul Ryan

Dreams from 1991 are becoming reality. We will build good relations between nations and people. We will strive towards mutual respect and equality of every individual, sex, race and national or any other minority. -Janez Drnovsek

Marriage equality changed life for people. -Andrew Cuomo

And of course, we know that opportunity lies outside the reach of some of our people. We don't need flowery words about inequality to tell us that, and we don't need a party that has led while poverty and hunger rose to record levels to give us lectures about suffering. -Artur Davis

I joined the Labour party because I believed in equality, in freedom of speech and in tolerance, compassion and understanding for people, irrespective of their background and views. In whatever I decide to do in the future I will hold to those principles. -Geoff Hoon

We don't need flowery words about inequality to tell us that, and we don't need a party that has led while poverty and hunger rose to record levels to give us lectures about suffering. -Artur Davis

Americans have so far put up with inequality because they felt they could change their status. They didn't mind others being rich, as long as they had a path to move up as well. The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense – the idea that anyone can make it. -Fareed Zakaria

Our goals for this nation must be nothing less than to double the size of our economy and bring prosperity and jobs, ownership and equality of opportunity to all Americans, especially those living in our nation's pockets of poverty. -Jack Kemp

For a modern woman it is important to be supported and that there is equality in every aspect, and that it's not two halves that make a whole – it's two wholes that make a whole. -Katy Perry

Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. -Ellen DeGeneres

I believe there is complete equality between men and women. And I believe those passages in the New Testament, not by Jesus, but by Paul, that say women should not adorn themselves, they should always wear hats or color their hair in church – things like that – I think they are signs of the times and should not apply to modern-day life. -Jimmy Carter

A fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. -Jimmy Carter

For 25 years, it has been my privilege to represent the city of San Francisco and the great state of California; to work to strengthen our vibrant middle class; to secure opportunity and equality. -Nancy Pelosi

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society. -Sonia Sotomayor

I happen to agree with many of the liberal emphasis on compassion, justice and equality. I just disagree that it's the government's role to provide everything. -Rick Warren

What's really sad is that so many young women between the ages of 16 and 25 are ignorant and they already believe that women get the same pay as men. They don't even really understand that equality hasn't happened with the pay force. -bell hooks

Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality. -Helen Clark

The perennial conviction that those who work hard and play by the rules will be rewarded with a more comfortable present and a stronger future for their children faces assault from just about every direction. That great enemy of democratic capitalism, economic inequality, is real and growing. -Jon Meacham

The dominant economic approach of the last thirty years is now on its last legs. Letting the market rip and an indifference to inequality are now seen as important causes of the greatest economic crash since the 1930s. -Frances O'Grady

When I look at my daughter, who's 24, she is much more confident than I ever was and her expectations are higher. But I worry that there is a backlash brewing against progress on equality. -Frances O'Grady

Britain is a textbook case of how growing inequality leads to economic crisis. The years before the crash were marked by a sharp rise in remortgaging and the growth of 0 percent balance transfer credit cards. By 2008 the UK had the highest ratio of household debt to GDP of any major economy. -Frances O'Grady

Propelled by freedom of faith, gender equality and economic justice for all, India will become a modern nation. Minor blemishes cannot cloak the fact that India is becoming such a modern nation: no faith is in danger in our country, and the continuing commitment to gender equality is one of the great narratives of our times. -Pranab Mukherjee

There's still a massive inequality between the genders. If you look at the trajectory of a male actor's career, there's no hesitation or hiatus. But women after the age of 35 to 40 are rarely placed in the centre of the story. -Juliet Stevenson

I don't believe that if I came out as bisexual the world will change. But it's really important for people to be truthful about who they are and fight for equality. We need to help the world usher itself into the next phase. -Olivia Thirlby

My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace – it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I've always been hopeful about Scotland's prospects. And I now believe more than ever that Scotland is within touching distance of achieving independence and equality. -Sean Connery

Rural communities in Africa, South Asia and Latin America are where the majority of hungry people are and the inequality that exists between women and men in these communities is holding back progress. These women have a very tough time, so much is expected of them. -Dionne Warwick

OK, in all seriousness, I would say I couldn't be in a relationship without equality, generosity, integrity, spirit, kindness and humor. And awesomeness. -Jennifer Aniston

The media says that equality for women has arrived, but if you look around, you still don't see girls playing guitars and having success with it. -Joan Jett

To understand the Left, one must understand that in its view the greatest evil is material inequality. The Left is more troubled by economic inequality than by evil as humanity has generally understood the term. -Dennis Prager

You can't solve a problem as complex as inequality in one legal clause. -Theresa May

Well, my view before was a Western view, and I certainly understand marriage equality and civil rights, equal rights for all, but having visited developing nations and some of the poorest nations in the world, I realize how deep it goes and how much work really needs to be done to create equality for all. -Jason Mraz

At a time when efforts are being made to eradicate discrimination between the sexes in the search for social equality and justice, the differences between the sexes are being rediscovered. -Carol Gilligan

Feudal societies don't create great cinema; we have great theatre. The egalitarian societies create great cinema. The Americans, the French. Because equality is sort of what the cinema deals with. It deals with stories which don't fall into 'Everybody in their place and who's who,' and all that. But the theatre's full of that. -Brian Cox

Inequality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a debatable issue in either church or state. -John Shelby Spong

Rural communities in Africa, South Asia and Latin America are where the majority of hungry people are and the inequality that exists between women and men in these communities is holding back progress. -Dionne Warwick

The most important thing is the indigenous people are not vindictive by nature. We are not here to oppress anybody – but to join together and build Bolivia, with justice and equality. -Evo Morales

We can not have equilibrium in this world with the current inequality and destruction of Mother Earth. Capitalism is what is causing this problem and it needs to end. -Evo Morales

'Vote Love' means vote equality. It means vote change. It means vote what's right for humanity. -Macklemore

Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that's not where equality comes from. -Matt Bomer

Feminism is just about equality, really, and there's so much stuff attached to the word, when it's actually so simple. I don't know why it's always so bogged down. -Mia Wasikowska

I believe that as women, we must commit ourselves to sustaining the progress made by our foremothers who fought so hard for women's equality and liberation. -Carre Otis

Americans have known about mounting inequality and king-sized Wall Street bonuses for years. But we also had an entire genre of journalism dedicated to brushing the problem off. -Thomas Frank

Massive inequality, we have learned, isn't the best way to run an economy after all. And when you think about it, it's also profoundly ugly. -Thomas Frank

The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind. -Moza bint Nasser

Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me – drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality. -Johann Lamont

My Scottish Labour Party is a crusade – to fight poverty, inequality and injustice. -Johann Lamont

Where terrorists offer injustice, disorder and destruction, the United States and its allies stand for freedom, fairness, equality, hope, and opportunity. -John O. Brennan

We live in a world where equality is pretty important. -John Key

There's a remarkable amount of sexism on TV. When male characters are flawed, they're interesting, deep and complex. But when female characters are flawed, they're just a mess. It's good to put more flawed but interesting female characters out there because it promotes equality. -Ellen Pompeo

Inequality of any kind, once considered a normal, natural part of human existence, came to be seen in the course of the twentieth century as increasingly illegitimate. -Michael Mandelbaum

There are a lot of things that fit on a bumper sticker in terms of either liberty or equality or progress that when made more concrete just don't pan out. -Laurence Tribe

Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women. -Michelle Bachelet

I believe that if you want to fight inequality you have to do it starting at infancy. -Michelle Bachelet

One of the factors a country's economy depends on is human capital. If you don't provide women with adequate access to healthcare, education and employment, you lose at least half of your potential. So, gender equality and women's empowerment bring huge economic benefits. -Michelle Bachelet

The 2010 global gender gap report by the World Economic Forum shows that countries with better gender equality have faster-growing, more competitive economies. -Michelle Bachelet

Educational equality doesn't guarantee equality on the labor market. Even the most developed countries are not gender-equal. There are still glass ceilings and 'leaky pipelines' that prevent women from getting ahead in the workplace. -Michelle Bachelet

The Nordic countries are leading the way on women's equality, recognizing women as equal citizens rather than commodities for sale. -Johanna Siguroardottir

Women have talent and intelligence but, due to social constraints and prejudices, it is still a long distance away from the goal of gender equality. -Pratibha Patil

The Internet is the hope of an integrated world without frontiers, a common world without controlling owners, a world of opportunities and equality. This is a utopia that we have been dreaming about and is a world in which each and every one of us are protagonists of a destiny that we have in our hands. -Laura Chinchilla

The only way to ensure equality for women is to clearly declare it in our Constitution. -Carolyn Maloney

In middle-income countries, inequality becomes a problem because you can see there is a layer of people who are doing well, while the poor are still stuck there. We have 300 million poor in India. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The weak economy, widening income inequality, gridlock in Congress and a presidential election: Those were perhaps the dominant economic and political themes of 2012. -Steven Rattner

Eye-popping tales of growing income inequality are hardly new. By now, nearly every American must be painfully aware of the widening pay gap between top executives and shop floor laborers; between 'Master of the Universe' financiers and pretty much everyone else. -Steven Rattner

Well, my personal mission statement is that we want marriage equality in all 50 states. We want it not to be a state-by-state issue. We don't want it to be something the majority is voting on. I don't think the civil rights of any minority should be in the hands of any majority. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

As an actor, you just want to work, and then you just want to be on a show or have a job that you love, and you hope that job will last – those things have happened. To have that platform to then talk about something that is very personal to me like marriage equality, it feels like a gift. I try and really respect that voice and not abuse it. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom. -Tim Johnson

I'm trying to create the world around myself to be a place of as much equality and openheartedness as possible. -Robin Thicke

If we say we believe in equality for all then we must fight for equality for all, not betray our immigrant sisters. -Christine Pelosi

When we talk about feminism – equality without apology for all – we can't be talking about for all white women or all highly educated women but all women, regardless of color, class, creed, sexual orientation or identity. -Christine Pelosi

The beauty of our democracy lies in the American value of equality: if you vote, you have a seat at the table. If you speak, you have a chance to persuade others. A billionaire and a minimum wage earner have the same power at the ballot box. -Christine Pelosi

President Obama and Democrats won a mandate to move us forward with jobs, healthcare reform, equality, and nation building here at home. -Christine Pelosi

Evan Wolfson is a dear friend of mine. Almost more than any other, Evan is responsible for bringing the issue of marriage equality to the forefront of our struggle for civil rights. He is a courageous pioneer who has been relentless in this battle for marriage equality. -David Mixner

If increasing income equality is the goal, it might be wiser to put money into infrastructure than to subsidize manufacturing. Construction also pays good wages, but with lower educational requirements. And America's infrastructure needs are enormous. -Christina Romer

Fairness is not about statistical equality. -John Bercow

You know, my mum's always encouraged me and never made my gender an issue, I guess. She brought me up to believe in equality, as opposed to feminism or sexism – so it just meant that my gender was not relevant to what I was capable of achieving. -Paloma Faith

I think it is important that you have people from all different vanguards, from all different walks of society and different viewpoints to be focused on the struggle for equality and democracy. We need as many champions for the cause and as many events as possible to help keep this in focus. -Lupe Fiasco

No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property, because no good case can exist for treating with special disfavor the work of the spirit and the mind. -Mark Helprin

Montanans believe in the right to make a good life for their families. How they define a family should be their business and their business alone. I'm proud to support marriage equality because no one should be able to tell a Montanan or any American who they can love and who they can marry. -Jon Tester

I think we have to keep working enormously hard to see that every single Indigenous child – every Australian child – has true equality of opportunity. We've got to work harder at it. I think, you know, the heartland issue for us is the gap; the gap in life expectancy in this country. -Quentin Bryce

It is right that people should have a statuary right to holidays and a maximum working week. It is right that part-time workers should have the same equality when it comes to hourly rates. -John Reid

God allows unjust disparities between rich and poor because He does not miraculously intervene to establish justice against human wills. Also, discrepancies are not unjust by themselves; justice does not mean equality of result but equality of opportunity. -Peter Kreeft

We need to start talking about inequality again; we need to start talking about the inequities and unfairnesses and the injustices of an excessively divided society, divided by wealth, by opportunity, by outcome, by assets and so forth. -Tony Judt

American social arrangements, economic arrangements, the degree of inequality in American life, the relatively small role played by the government in American public life and so forth, compares to exactly the opposite conditions in most of the European societies. -Tony Judt

I believe in unconditional love and equality. Jesus Christ exemplified these qualities. -Jack Canfield

This simple truth is the essence of my message to Muslims throughout the world: know who you are, who you want to be, and start talking and working with whom you are not. Find common values and build with fellow citizens a society based on diversity and equality. -Tariq Ramadan

If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality. -Malcolm X

Happiness is often at its most intense when it is based on inequality. -James Salter

My feeling is, having lived in different classes, that people want equality of opportunity… that's the thing that makes me despair: the idea that people aren't given equality of opportunity. -Zadie Smith

You can't state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality. -Zadie Smith

In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality. -Katori Hall

Greater inequality in Europe has made people less happy. -Derek Bok

Global poverty is a complex web of interlinked problems. There is no one 'silver bullet' that will solve global inequality. Multiple contributing factors must be tackled in parallel. Yes, education alone is unlikely to lead to employment without economic reform to address the demand side in much of the developing world. -Adam Braun

It's just better to promote love and fairness and equality than it is to promote something you think is based on your religious beliefs. -Jane Wiedlin

For some of my friends who raise personal objections to marriage equality, they still recognize the importance of being accepting. And many of them also recognize that regardless of what they choose to believe or practice at home or at their church, that doesn't give them the right to discriminate. -Scott Fujita

In articulating all my feelings about marriage equality, I almost don't know where to begin. And perhaps that's part of the problem. Why do we have to explain ourselves when it comes to issues of fairness and equality? Why is common sense not enough? -Scott Fujita

By in large in this country the issue of gay rights and equality should be past the point of debate. Really, there should be no debate anymore. -Scott Fujita

Inequality has risen to the point that it seems to me worthwhile for the U.S. to seriously consider taking the risk of making our economy more rewarding for more of the people. -Janet Yellen

Northeastern and most coastal states will vote for the candidate who is more closely aligned with international cooperation and engagement, secularism and science, gun control, individual freedom in culture and sexuality, and a greater role for the government in protecting the environment and ensuring economic equality. -Steven Pinker

The woman who thinks she can choose femininity, can toy with it like the social drinker toys with wine – well, she's asking for it, asking to be undone, devoured, asking to spend her life perpetrating a new fraud, manufacturing a new fake identity, only this time it's her equality that's fake. -Rachel Cusk

Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require that citizens share a common life. What matters is that people of different backgrounds and social positions encounter one another, and bump up against one another, in the course of ordinary life. -Michael Sandel

I'll never understand how destroying families through deportation benefits our society. How we treat the undocumented says a great deal about us as a people and whether or not we'll continue to fulfill the fundamental American promise of equality and opportunity for all. -Conor Oberst

Women have fought so long and hard for our rights and equality, and now all our attention is put on being a size 0. -Pink

I believe in a real democratic system, with a state of law and freedom of the press. I believe in a free, open-market economy integrated with the world. And I believe in equality of opportunity. Those are my basic beliefs. On top of that, of course, I believe in some moral values. -Sebastian Pinera

To have a stable economy, to have a stable democracy, and to have a modern government is not enough. We have to build new pillars of development. Education, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and more equality. -Sebastian Pinera

There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players. -Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

I'm not pretending I can give advice to every single person or every single couple for every situation; I'm making the point that we are not going to get to equality in the workforce before we get to equality in the home. Not going to happen. -Sheryl Sandberg

America is not perfect. It took a bloody civil war to free over 4 million African Americans who lived enslaved. It took another hundred years after that before they achieved full equality under the law. -Marco Rubio

The Universal Zulu Nation stands to acknowledge wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, and equality, peace, unity, love, and having fun, work, overcoming the negative through the positive, science, mathematics, faith, facts, and the wonders of God, whether we call him Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, or Jah. -Afrika Bambaataa

I think Republicans need to take income inequality more seriously. Not because I favor equality of outcomes. I do not. I think the Right is correct to stress merit and earned rewards, not handouts and forced equality. But I think what Republicans are blind to is that power corrupts. -Jonathan Haidt

When you say 'revolution' when you have only men outside, you know that something is going wrong. I'm not like a hardcore feminist, but I think that one of the things that makes the society advanced is equality between men and women. If half of the society is oppressed by the other half, it's not fine. -Marjane Satrapi

It's an irony that growing inequality could mean more money for philanthropy. In the U.S., quite a few of the ultra-rich have taken to heart the 19th century industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie's comment that it's a disgrace to die wealthy. -Geoff Mulgan

Along with racial equality and the late bloom of women's rights, future generations will have to explain how, in the past, gays were misunderstood and publicly humiliated for loving each other, and, eventually, how they stood together and conquered stupidity and hypocritical hatred, and fought their way out of marginalization. -iO Tillett Wright

Remember, until the 1970s, the spread of democracy has always been accompanied by the decline of inequality. The more democratic our societies have been, the more equal they have been becoming. Now we have the reverse tendency. The spread of democracy now is very much accompanied by the increase in inequality. -Ivan Krastev

As slavery died for the greater good of America, and the movement for equality sputtered to life, the white woman was on the cover of every American magazine. She was the dazzling jewel on every movie screen, the glory of every commercial and television show. -Jill Scott

The people who believe themselves to be on the left, and who defend the agents of Islam in the name of tolerance and culture, are being rightwing. Not just rightwing. Extreme rightwing. I don't understand how you can be so upset about the Christian right and just ignore the Islamic right. I'm talking about equality. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I believe and support the feminist movement, but I am not generally interested in considering women's rights in relation to equality with men, or in a competition with men, but rather within their own rights and feminine space. -Shirin Neshat

I'm not suggesting that social scientists stop teaching and investigating classic topics like monopoly power, racial profiling and health inequality. But everyone knows that monopoly power is bad for markets, that people are racially biased and that illness is unequally distributed by social class. -Nicholas A. Christakis

I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity. -Josephine Baker

We want to be brothers and sisters. We want respect and equality. Simon Bolivar, our father, said a balanced world – a universe – a balanced universe in order to have peace and development. -Hugo Chavez

I'm a Christian. I want the world of justice and equality. This is the only way to achieve peace. -Hugo Chavez

I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated. -Malala Yousafzai

It's annoying, but justice and equality are mates. Aren't they? Justice always wants to hang out with equality. And equality is a real pain. -Bono

I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world. -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

If you believe in equality, if you believe in standing up for the rights of all, especially for people most affected by bigotry and discrimination, then you have no choice but to be present and accounted for when it comes to standing up for gays and lesbians in our society. -Michael Moore

I maintain that the period during the first half of the 1990s, the period in which rising inequality reached its peak, was a period in which we came very, very close to a demagogic immobilization of racism in this society. -William Julius Wilson

If women really want equality, we have to wipe the slate clean. It no longer matters in the largest sense what men did to us for the last 200 or 300 years. -Nancy Friday

I wouldn't say there's a need for the Spice Girls, but I'd say there's a place for the Spice Girls. There's certainly a place for them, but you don't promote the Spice Girls at the expense of promoting what I think are good role models for girls. You need to create some kind of equality. -Greg Graffin

The widely held belief that the heterosexual nuclear family is best for children has long been used as a smoke screen for homophobia and as a talking point to quash marriage-equality efforts. -Jessica Valenti

I am much more open about categories of gender, and my feminism has been about women's safety from violence, increased literacy, decreased poverty and more equality. -Judith Butler

The Savior has suffered not just for our iniquities but also for the inequality, the unfairness, the pain, the anguish, and the emotional distresses that so frequently beset us. -David A. Bednar

Until we command the exact same salary as every male counterpart, I feel a political desire to stand by other women. If we don't stand together, that equality will never be fully realized, and that bothers me. -Shirley Manson

Sometimes black people really want to hold onto our oppression – 'This is ours! This belongs to us.' You can't just talk about equality for somebody else. Let's pass it on. Let's pass it on to somebody else. At the end of the day, it is all about inequality. -Wanda Sykes

I don't consider myself a feminist, but I feel very empowered as a woman, and I've used all my resources widely. I believe in equality, but that's just naturally happening. I still want a door opened for me, to be treated like a lady, but I also want equal rights for women, of course. -Pamela Anderson

My views on equality are pretty obvious. I mean, I did play a highly complex lesbian techno DJ on TV, but I know it's not always easy to come out and tell the world where you stand. -Sarah Shahi

Liberals talk about the 'income inequality' and the 'unfairness' and the disparity of the haves and the have-nots in New York City. Who has been running that city for all this time? Who has created the underclass in this country? It's the Democrat Party. -Rush Limbaugh

The way the Democrats go about seeking equality is to lower people at the top. -Rush Limbaugh

Looking for equality everywhere is a huge mistake because equals are terrible and boring. But a sense of fairness and justice is a totally different thing and a much more complex thing. -Josh Homme

There is a correlation between economic inequality and personal violence. The explanation for the correlation isn't completely clear; there are a number of possibilities. -Steven Pinker

What Republicans need to do is to go back to their roots – starting with Lincoln – and remind the nation that they are the party of national growth, racial equality and unity of purpose. These Lincolnian themes will serve Republicans – and the nation – much better than becoming the party on the lookout for the supposed rat head of higher taxes. -Alan Siegel

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

True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity – or political ideology. -Monica Crowley

Everything in America is so stratified by class now. We have the 93rd level of income inequality in the world. You're already seeing highway lanes that are for pay and ones that aren't. -Adam McKay

The virtue of gay equality has become increasingly recognized in the U.S. because people have been persuaded of its merits, not because state officials, acting like Inquisitors, forced people to accept it by punishing them for their refusal. -Glenn Greenwald

I've praised Obama's record on same-sex equality as enthusiastically as anyone: it's one area where his record has been impressive. I understand, and have expressed, the emotional importance for LGBT Americans of his marriage announcement as well as its political significance. -Glenn Greenwald

There is a huge number of people outside our borders who would love to come here. In fact, many of them come here, get well educated, and then are required to leave… This is a factor in income inequality. -Alan Greenspan

Every president to hold office has espoused some version of Americanism – the truths that we hold self-evident, even when those truths are not always in evidence. But for all their grand rhetoric and mostly good deeds, none was able to seal the deal on the trifecta of equality, plurality and socioeconomic ascendancy. Obama has. -John Ridley

Old white guys can be a funny bunch, can't they? The same anti-same-sex marriage, anti-affirmative action cadre can flower into the biggest supporters of 'equality' the minute they get a whiff of minority empowerment. -John Ridley

Inequality is on the rise. -William Finnegan

We don't live in a society that has genuine equality, and every woman we know has experienced that. -Sara Sheridan

Martin Luther King was a misguided leader. He worked to be recognized as the leader of black America, when what black America needs isn't a leader – it is education. Giving speeches and marching – that's not the concept that brings about real freedom, equality and justice. -Don Yaeger

'Garage Magazine' has a strong track record of promoting diversity and racial and gender equality in the worlds of art and fashion and will continue in our mission to stir positive debate on these and other issues. -Dasha Zhukova

Mr. Christ, I read you as an infinitely patient entity who, as they say, often works in mysterious ways, a rebel unafraid to take the tougher, less traveled paths. Seems to me you're playing the long game. Is that why more states are coming out in favor of marriage equality? Is that why the Affordable Care Act is now with us? -Henry Rollins

Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now, perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it what it is – marriage. -Henry Rollins

Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Father of the Republic, made it his great aim in his revolutionary leadership to secure freedom and equality of status for China among the nations of the world. -Chiang Kai-shek

The aim of the Revolution is, so far as the interests of China herself are concerned, the restoration of her original frontiers and, in regard to the rest of the world, a gradual advance of all nations from the stage of equality to that of an ideal unity. -Chiang Kai-shek

If we are to give the people of China complete self-government we must first solve the problem of livelihood for all, and give real freedom to the races within China. If the foundations of democracy are secure, then true equality can be achieved. -Chiang Kai-shek

The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened. -Helene D. Gayle

In order to counteract income inequality, it's essential to tackle poverty in an integrated way that has long-term impact. We need to give people the capacity to be resilient, to take on challenges and to learn the skills they need to work toward more prosperous futures. -Helene D. Gayle

The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman. -Dalai Lama

Women have full equality with men before the Lord. By nature, the roles of women differ from those of men. This knowledge has come to us with the Restoration of the gospel in the fullness of times, with an acknowledgment that women are endowed with the great responsibilities of motherhood and nurturing. -James E. Faust

If progressives were interested in mitigating inequality, they would support the dynamism of free markets to allow the merit of ideas, products and services to win the day rather than stifle companies and pick winners in the name of imagined 'progress.' -David Harsanyi

As we celebrate the considerable progress we've made toward full equality in our military, we cannot forget about those who continue to suffer because of the discriminatory policies of our past. -Mark Pocan

I've been a staunch advocate of women's empowerment, and I've worked hard throughout my career to advance the cause. It is heartening to see that gender equality is really becoming more of a reality. There is still much more to be done, and I'm confident that, by working together, we can empower women worldwide. -Madhuri Dixit

I think 'I Spy,' still when you look at it, speaks volumes in terms of propaganda for equality. It's just magnificent. -Bill Cosby

The U.N. guards the vital principles entrenched in its charter, notably the sovereign equality of states and the inadmissibility of interference in their internal affairs. It is precisely because the U.N. is the chief guardian of both these sacrosanct principles that it alone is allowed to approve derogations from them. -Shashi Tharoor

I don't think we really think about where we get our equality from. There is a sense of feminism and women become passe, in my opinion. -Anastasia Griffith

Democracy matters because it reflects an idea of equality and an idea of liberty. It reflects an idea of dignity, the dignity of the individual, the idea that each individual should have an equal vote, an equal say, in the formation of their government. -Rory Stewart

We will be returning to historical levels of inequality. We'll view post-war America as a kind of strange interlude not to be repeated. It won't be the dreams that we all had that virtually all incomes go up in lockstep at three percent a year. It hurts to give that up. -Tyler Cowen

Economics is sometimes associated with the study and defense of selfishness and material inequality, but it has an egalitarian and civil libertarian core that should be celebrated. -Tyler Cowen

I see three forces militating in favor of growing inequality: increasing measurement of worker value added, automation through smart software, and globalization. -Tyler Cowen

Gender equality cannot be achieved by cutting programs that allow girls to get the same chance to compete, learn, and play. The United States has had a solid history of commitment to its female athletes and expanding opportunity for women, and it is imperative that we continue on this path. -Linda Sanchez

Under Tunisian law, a woman can divorce her husband. Total equality. -Rashid al-Ghannushi

I worry about growing income inequality. But I worry even more that the discussion is too narrowly focused. I worry that our outrage at the top 1 percent is distracting us from the problem that we should really care about: how to create opportunities and ensure a reasonable standard of living for the bottom 20 percent. -Sendhil Mullainathan

Our outrage at inequality is primal. But primal emotions are not always noble ones. Of course, when I see a colleague receive some award, I covet it. But this is not me at my best, and these are not the feelings we would instill and promote in our children. -Sendhil Mullainathan

The polls show that concern over inequality among the general public rose pretty sharply after the Occupy movement started, very probably as a consequence. And there are other policy issues that came to the fore, which are significant. -Noam Chomsky

2013 was a year of myths falling apart. The myth of President Obama – a myth in which Obama was a messianic figure descending to bequeath health care, equality, and brotherhood on mankind – imploded. The myth of an America embracing the leftist social agenda collapsed. -Ben Shapiro

Socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: It turns government into God, it legalizes thievery and it elevates covetousness. Discussions of income inequality, after all, aren't about prosperity but about petty spite. Why should you care how much money I make, so long as you are happy? -Ben Shapiro

The story of Detroit's bankruptcy was simple enough: Allow capitalism to grow the city, campaign against income inequality, tax the job creators until they flee, increase government spending in order to boost employment, promise generous pension plans to keep people voting for failure. Rinse, wash and repeat. -Ben Shapiro

In a unified and diverse Spain, based on the equality of and solidarity between its people, there is room for all of us. And for all of our feelings and sensitivities and our distinct ways of being Spaniards. -Felipe VI of Spain

I am very proud of the role I played in getting legal equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and in helping get rid of the prejudice by being visible about it, helping to block the conviction of Bill Clinton of impeachment. -Barney Frank

My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much, and I am willing to do this again if necessary. -Benigno Aquino III

Consistently rated the most peaceable of all countries in the world by the Global Peace Index, Iceland has reduced its military expenditure to zero, has no armed forces, and has reduced the inequality gap between rich and poor. -Scilla Elworthy

There is no justice in social justice, and there is no equality in social equality. -Brad Thor

The Millennium Development Goals were a pledge to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity, and free the world from extreme poverty. The MDGs, with eight goals and a set of measurable time-bound targets, established a blueprint for tackling the most pressing development challenges of our time. -Ban Ki-moon

Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone's responsibility. -Ban Ki-moon

Countries with higher levels of gender equality have higher economic growth. Companies with more women on their boards have higher returns. Peace agreements that include women are more successful. Parliaments with more women take up a wider range of issues – including health, education, anti-discrimination, and child support. -Ban Ki-moon

Gender equality and women's empowerment have been a top priority for me from day one as Secretary-General. And I am committed to making sure that the U.N. leads by example. -Ban Ki-moon

Grave security concerns can arise as a result of demographic trends, chronic poverty, economic inequality, environmental degradation, pandemic diseases, organized crime, repressive governance and other developments no state can control alone. Arms can't address such concerns. -Ban Ki-moon

Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens. Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right. -Ban Ki-moon

President Obama believes that income inequality is one of the most pressing matters facing the nation. If we are going to be a country that provides ladders of opportunity and believes in a thriving middle class, then we have to raise the minimum wage. -Tom Perez

I hope that by just being a competent member and expressing informed views on issues that aren't related to issues of LGBT equality, Republicans see me as a general asset. -Mark Takano

When I got to be a CEO, I said: 'Right. I'm now going to tackle gender inequality head-on. I'm going to make a difference and lead by example and actively put in place policies and practices to support women.' -Gail Kelly

Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs did not start out wealthy, and actually added to income inequality, but we all benefit from their creative effort. -Foster Friess

An idea like equality between men and women, which is now accepted in the West, is quite new. -Antonio Munoz Molina

A few British suffragettes everybody laughed at started the cause of equality between men and women. -Antonio Munoz Molina

Marriage equality is coming, and not merely to a theater near you. -Suzanne Brockmann

Income inequality has gotten worse under President Barack Obama. -Timothy Noah

With its Medicaid expansion, Obamacare may turn out to be the most equality-promoting policy enacted in a generation. -Timothy Noah

Conservatives often say that we should care not about equality of outcomes but about equality of opportunity. -Timothy Noah

Some liberals think that describing any role that education gaps play in creating income inequality is some sort of sellout – that, in essence, you're telling the middle class, 'Tough luck; you should have stayed in college.' -Timothy Noah

You have to let the market reward effort and skill. But a system in which inequality of incomes constantly increases over time is worrisome. -Timothy Noah

Inequality doesn't create unhappiness. -Timothy Noah

Economic inequality is less troubling if you live in a country where any child, no matter how humble his or her origins, can grow up to be president. -Timothy Noah

Republican presidents talk about freedom. Democratic presidents talk about equality. -Timothy Noah

When the topic is growing income inequality, it's hard to prettify an imbalance between the rich and everybody else, so instead, conservatives try to argue that it doesn't exist. -Timothy Noah

Western democracies exalt the ideal of social equality, but our economic system arguably emerged from 16th-century Calvinism, a religion whose members believed that God showed favor by bestowing wealth and other forms of success on what they called 'the chosen.' -Martha Beck

Even after facing jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. courageously and boldly spoke out against racial inequality. -Yvette Clarke

After much deliberation, and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed. -Bob Casey, Jr.

Nelson Mandela is physically separated from us, but his soul and spirit will never die. He belongs to the whole world because he is an icon of equality, freedom and love, the values we need all the time everywhere. -Malala Yousafzai

I can't explain exactly why it lives within me for so long and passionately. But race matters to me; racial equality matters to me, as does gender. There is something about these kinds of social injustices that go to the deep of me. -Sue Monk Kidd

The Declaration calls us to recognize the inherent equality of all people. And when it becomes unmistakably evident that a government is denying the governed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it's the right of people to establish a new government to secure these unalienable rights. -Mike Crapo

There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. -Susan B. Anthony

We will not build a society that reflects who we are and that has opportunities for equality or justice if we don't make progress for all participants. -Mitchell Baker

I would definitely say I'm a feminist. To me, it just means being attentive and mindful. It's about equality and equal treatment. It feels like a gut instinct. -Hattie Morahan

I just believe in equality for all. -Ashley Wagner

I know what it's like to be in the closet! I know what it's like to be bullied and attacked because someone or some group thought I was different or below them… so, I'm coming out of the closet as an ally of equality for everyone; as an ally to hope. -Jason Alexander

Why did mainstream America come to accept marriage equality? Gay leaders had made a convincing case that gay families were like straight families and should have the same rights. The American spirit of fair play had been invoked. -Edmund White

What I find most interesting about the U.S. is this idea of equality. -Jorge Ramos

Our failure as a society to properly acknowledge and confront the psychological, social, and political effects of white privilege has perpetuated racial inequality and race-based political resentments. -Tim Wise

Barack Obama's decision to come out in favour of gay marriage may be a historic occasion, but it is not an isolated one. His administration has been making pro-gay noises for some time; his demographic in the upcoming election is young and educated, precisely the group that favours equality for the LGBT community. -Edmund White

Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest. -Barack Obama

As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable. -Al Sharpton

To allow injustice and inequality invites a Ferguson to your community. We must stand together, black, white, brown, red, and yellow and fight for justice and equality for all. It's the only way to avoid more Fergusons. -Jesse Jackson

I'm of those who believe that excesses in all matters are not a good idea, whether it's formation of bubbles, whether it's excess in the financial market, whether it's excess of inequality, it has to be watched, it has to be measured, and it has to be anticipated in terms of consequences. -Christine Lagarde

'Inequality' has become the political theme/slogan of our time in both Europe and the U.S., yet political leaders do not even bother to consider that their own policies, which put the entire burden on central bankers to print money and drive up stock, bond and other asset prices, are actually exacerbating income and wealth disparity. -Paul Singer

I feel like a feminist is gender equality. -Ilana Glazer

In '42,' it's like the '40s where racial equality had come into the consciousness of a lot of people, whereas in the 1900s it was sort of a new thing. -Andre Holland

When inequality gets too extreme, then it becomes useless for growth, and it can even become bad because it tends to lead to high perpetuation of inequality over time and low mobility. -Thomas Piketty

I am afraid that if you don't find peaceful domestic solutions to our inequality and social problems, then it's always tempting to find other people responsible for our problems. -Thomas Piketty

I think inequality is fine, as long as it is in the common interest. The problem is when it gets so extreme, when it becomes excessive. -Thomas Piketty

You need some inequality to grow… but extreme inequality is not only useless but can be harmful to growth because it reduces mobility and can lead to political capture of our democratic institutions. -Thomas Piketty

The main force pushing toward reduction in inequality has always been the diffusion of knowledge and the diffusion of education. -Thomas Piketty

I'm a feminist in the true sense of the word. It's about equality. -Natalie Dormer

Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run. -James Heckman

When people ask me do I believe in feminism – well, I didn't even know I was a feminist. I was the top of the bill; I've always been the top of the bill. So I don't know what equality is. -Cilla Black

I'm an American. We've translated democracy and brotherhood and equality into enterprise and opportunity and success – and that's getting Americanised. -Susan Glaspell

If supporters of equality for women want to vote for the best candidate, they must look to a person regardless of gender and must disregard the gender of political opponents. -Karen DeCrow

In my opinion, the battles over birth control and Planned Parenthood are primarily neither political nor religious. This is an issue of equality for women. This is an issue of women's rights: Planned Parenthood is the most important private provider of reproductive health care for women in the United States. -Karen DeCrow

Liberals tend to stress how marvelous education is, in and of itself, and also adore it as a vessel for genuine equality. (That's me, by the way: Hell, I think we should be spending $50 billion a year to make college education free). -Rick Perlstein

The Obama years will be remembered as a cultural – and legal – tipping point for equality for all people who do not identify as strictly heterosexual, arguably the civil rights movement of our times. The president signed the bill repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.' The Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court. -Charles M. Blow

In the same way that Occupy Wall Street forever elevated that concept of income inequality, the Black Lives Matter protesters have elevated the idea of inequity in policing as it relates to minority communities. -Charles M. Blow

Imperfect though it may be, the Beijing Platform for Action is the strongest statement of consensus on women's equality, empowerment and justice ever produced by governments. -Bella Abzug

Sweden is an open, liberal, secular and democratic country. We strive towards achieving equality; we are forward-looking and refuse to be pulled back by social constructs such as religion. -Bjorn Ulvaeus

Marriage equality – I think that it's a constitutionally guaranteed right. Let's end the drug wars. Let's balance the federal budget, and that means reforming the entitlements – Medicaid, Medicare. -Gary Johnson

Most Americans are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I'm advocating a balanced budget. But along with that, look, there should be gay marriage equality. A woman should have the right to choose. Let's not build a fence across the border. -Gary Johnson

Too often, we fall into the trap of thinking 'equal' means 'the same' and that we achieve equality by treating everyone identically. -Stella Young

Neoliberalism considers the discourse of equality, justice, and democracy quaint, if not dangerous and must be either trivialized, turned into its Orwellian opposite, or eviscerated from public life. -Henry Giroux

We increasingly live in societies based on the vocabulary of 'choice' and a denial of reality – a denial of massive inequality, social disparities, the irresponsible concentration of power in relatively few hands, and a growing machinery of social and civil death. -Henry Giroux

In Sweden, there's a lot of talk of gender equality. That discussion isn't as prevalent in the U.S. I feel that successful American women are tougher than Swedish women – they create their space. -Joel Kinnaman

Feminism is just an idea. It's a philosophy. It's about the equality of women in all realms. It's not about man-hating. It's not about being humorless. We have to let go of these misconceptions that have plagued feminism for 40, 50 years. -Roxane Gay

I support anything that broadens the message of gender equality and tempers the stigma of the feminist label. We run into trouble, though, when we celebrate celebrity feminism while avoiding the actual work of feminism. -Roxane Gay

The best partnerships aren't dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion. -Sarah MacLean

My mum fought for feminism in her day so instilled in me the importance of equality. She taught me so much about women. -Chris Evans

Doing difficult things like passing marriage equality, passing the Dream Act, doing common sense things that allow new American immigrants to fully participate, pay their taxes, play by the rules and take care of their families. That's the inclusive America that I believe all of us want to move to. -Martin O'Malley

All of us, wherever we happen to stand on the marriage equality issue, can agree that all our children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law. -Martin O'Malley

Income inequality is worse in towns run by Democrat mayors than in towns run by Republican mayors. -Rand Paul

Income inequality is troubling because, among other things, it means that many people in our society don't have the opportunities to advance themselves. -Ben Bernanke

The best solution to income inequality is providing a high-quality education for everybody. In our highly technological, globalized economy, people without education will not be able to improve their economic situation. -Ben Bernanke

Monetary policy is a blunt tool which certainly affects the distribution of income and wealth, although whether the net effect is to increase or reduce inequality is not clear. -Ben Bernanke

When I was coming of age, I remembered reading and studying the initial ideas within the feminist movement. There was this idea with my parents' generation that in order to find equality, a woman would need to behave like a man. -Bryce Dallas Howard

Despite great advances in women's rights, statistics show that when it comes to the balance of power between the sexes, equality is far from being a global reality. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

In 1919, at the Paris Peace Conference, Japan had put forward a proposal to guarantee racial equality at the League of Nations, but Woodrow Wilson overturned it in the face of majority support. -Pankaj Mishra

I have always said that I want Malawi to attain growth that should not just be seen in GDP, but in the growth of opportunities for all, protection for all, and equality for all. -Joyce Banda

We know we cannot achieve our twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity without ending poverty and creating equality for women and girls. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

In middle-income countries, inequality becomes a problem because you can see there is a layer of people who are doing well, while the poor are still stuck there. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

To deal with radicalism and extremism, we need to deal with economic inequality. This is what I learned from my experience in Solo and then in Jakarta. -Joko Widodo

I am a social democrat – I believe in pursuing greater equality and tackling social justice – but… you can't do that unless you have got a strong economy, unless you have got a vibrant business base earning the wealth that makes that possible. -Nicola Sturgeon

Since I became First Minister, I have made clear my priority to alleviate poverty and tackle inequality in Scotland. Ensuring that everyone can do better in life will not only make Scotland fairer, but it will also make it a more prosperous place. -Nicola Sturgeon

True gender equality in Scotland – and elsewhere – is still some way off. -Nicola Sturgeon

My vision for Scotland is one in which we fight together for the values we are care about: equality, fairness and social justice. Those values are the same whether you live in Dumfries or Carlisle. -Douglas Alexander

The truth is, Hillary Clinton's ideas create more income inequality. Why? Because bigger government creates crony capitalism. When you have a 70,000 page tax code, you've got to be very wealthy, very powerful, very well connected to dig your way through that tax code. -Carly Fiorina

For me, feminism is about equality. So, when someone works for a Wall Street firm and says they're a feminist, my eyes are going to roll. -Jodie Evans

Persistent inequality costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars a year, undermining our global competitiveness, our democracy, and our ideals as a nation. -Wendy Kopp

Ending educational inequality is going to require systemic change and a long-term, sustained effort. There are no shortcuts and no silver bullets. -Wendy Kopp

The thing I want to see before I die is women achieving full equality in the world. I'm very passionate about injustice against women and there's too much of it in the world. In so many parts of the world, women are not regarded as worthy or equal to men. In parts of the world, women are bought and sold. -Cherie Blair

I think the problem is, exceptional women will always succeed. But there are plenty of less-exceptional men who succeed. Until we get the less-exceptional women succeeding equally, we do not have full equality. -Cherie Blair

S Club 7, in some ways, was a continuation of some of the things I'd have liked to have done with the Spice Girls. It was also a shift in tone. S Club was this equality of boys and girls, very positive, very uplifting, didn't have the edge of the Spice Girls. I didn't want to repeat it. -Simon Fuller

Reggae music is a music of integrity; reggae's consciousness was built on a message. My music speaks of love, equality and spirituality, and I would hope that one finds this integrity in my music. -Stephen Marley

Does inequality in the distribution of income increase or decrease in the course of a country's economic growth? -Simon Kuznets

It's not a bad thing fighting for equality and helping the poor. It's not a bad thing to have on your professional tombstone: 'He believed in equality and he helped the poor.' -Joe Jamail

We want order and security, and we want liberty. And we want not only liberty but equality as well. -David Souter

If speech always wins, even if it's an atomic secret that's going to be broadcast to our enemies, it's easy to make a decision. Speech always wins. But it doesn't… Liberty doesn't always trump equality or equality always trump liberty. -David Souter

It is Republicans that have led the fight for women's equality. Go back through history and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress. -Marsha Blackburn

I would love for women to be focused on maximum wage, and I have fought to be recognized with equality for a long time. -Marsha Blackburn

The devotion that young Chinese feel to the Internet is driven by deep factors ranging from youth unemployment and income inequality to political repression and the demographic imbalance between men and women. -Evan Osnos

'Egalitarians' who complain about inequality view the wealth of the wealthiest as bad in itself: it disfigures society. They would enact a wealth tax to extirpate the offending wealth. -Edmund Phelps

Most of the time in America, we're surrounded by oppressive inequality such that the wealthiest 1 percent collectively own substantially more than the bottom 90 percent. One escape from that is America's wild places. -Nicholas Kristof

Since the end of the 1970s, something has gone profoundly wrong in America. Inequality has soared. Educational progress slowed. Incarceration rates quintupled. Family breakdown accelerated. Median household income stagnated. -Nicholas Kristof

The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them. -Nicholas Kristof

Inequality causes problems by creating fissures in societies, leaving those at the bottom feeling marginalized or disenfranchised. -Nicholas Kristof

Sports is the common denominator in the world that brings everyone together. If there's any one place in the world where there is equality, it is probably sports. That was something that didn't always exist. We've come a long way in sports. Why can't society use sports as a way to bring people together and create change? -Stephen M. Ross

The storm and stress period of women and the new social and psychological formations thereby entailed must indeed extend far into the twentieth century. This period of conflict will cease only when woman within and out of marriage shall have received legal equality with man. -Ellen Key

Capitalism is, fundamentally, an economic system that promotes inequality. -Annalee Newitz

We have serious challenges regarding climate change, unsustainable use of natural resources, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, forests and farmland. Not to mention the huge inequality still prevailing in several parts of the planet. -Guilherme Leal

We in the Jewish community must ask ourselves what role we are going to play in changing policies and practices that discriminate against LGBT Americans. We have a special responsibility and civic duty to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and equality. -Lynn Schusterman

Together, we can build the kind of world in which we all seek to live, one of universal equality and justice. -Lynn Schusterman

The MLK Shabbat Suppers focused on the theme of educational inequity, which Dr. King considered inextricably linked to the struggle for equality and justice. -Lynn Schusterman

Now is not the time for us to shy away from challenging ourselves to make substantive change for the better. We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity, and equality are paramount. -Lynn Schusterman

The biggest single challenge to America and our future is income inequality. We've got to fix it. -Kenneth Langone

You want to close the income inequality gap in part? Give us better educated kids out of high school. Give us kids that can challenge and succeed in the challenge with technology. You give us those kinds of kids, and watch the needle move. -Kenneth Langone

Could we not argue that America is about freedom, whether we live it out or not, but it really is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. And that's what church is all about. -Clementa C. Pinckney

Our daughters were coming of age during a rising consciousness about gender equality. Throughout their school years – from kindergarten through graduate school, 1972 to 1992 – women were starting to take their places in areas traditionally reserved mostly for men. -Tom Brokaw

Inequality is a terrible waste of time, a waste of people's resources. -Jeremy Corbyn

Rising inequality is toxic to growth. High levels of inequality exclude people – both as innovators and customers – diminishing both innovation and demand. -Nick Hanauer

China, as a nation, is a country under the one-party rule of the Communist Party, but it has introduced the market economy. As a country that is under the one-party rule of the Communist Party, normally what they should be seeking is equality of results. -Shinzo Abe

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. -Nelson Mandela

We are in the midst of an exciting canvass… I am working very hard in politics as well as in other matters. We are determined that Mississippi shall be settled on a basis of justice and political and legal equality. -Hiram Rhodes Revels

The smaller the planets are, they are, other things being equal, of so much the greater density; for so the powers of gravity on their several surfaces come nearer to equality. They are likewise, other things being equal, of the greater density, as they are nearer to the sun. -Isaac Newton

The biggest deficit in terms of gender equality at Ozon lay in our IT department. So we made a decision, along with our key IT leaders, to remove all filters and systemically interview all the women who apply. -Maelle Gavet

I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality. -Kaley Cuoco

The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality and justice. -Marquis de Lafayette

My commitment to gender equality is rooted in the quintessentially American principle of equal justice under law. -Eric Schneiderman

Our constitution is a ray of hope: H for harmony, O for Opportunity, P for people's participation and E for equality. -Narendra Modi

In the face of love, everyone is equal. Let everyone have the freedom to love and to pursue their happiness. I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality. -Tsai Ing-wen

We should never forget that Americans continue to advocate for individual liberty, equality and self-governance. We often step in when it's necessary to help countries in need. But our history needs no whitewashing. To attempt this does us a terrible disservice. -Jay Parini

I have never been what you would call just an integrationist. I know I've been called that… Integrating that bus wouldn't mean more equality. Even when there was segregation, there was plenty of integration in the South, but it was for the benefit and convenience of the white person, not us. -Rosa Parks

If inequalities of taxable wealth backing up a government service are construed as denying equality before the law, then there is no solution but to have every government service whatever financed out of Washington. -M. Stanton Evans

Any government I lead will continue with the equality of gay and lesbian people. -David Cameron

From the day of its birth, the anomaly of slavery plagued a nation which asserted the equality of all men, and sought to derive powers of government from the consent of the governed. Within sound of the voices of those who said this lived more than half a million black slaves, forming nearly one-fifth of the population of a new nation. -W. E. B. Du Bois

Corporate social responsibility is measured in terms of businesses improving conditions for their employees, shareholders, communities, and environment. But moral responsibility goes further, reflecting the need for corporations to address fundamental ethical issues such as inclusion, dignity, and equality. -Klaus Schwab

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to empower individuals and communities, as it creates new opportunities for economic, social, and personal development. But it also could lead to the marginalization of some groups, exacerbate inequality, create new security risks, and undermine human relationships. -Klaus Schwab

The trends that are shaping the twenty-first-century world embody both promise and peril. Globalization, for example, has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty while contributing to social fragmentation and a massive increase in inequality, not to mention serious environmental damage. -Klaus Schwab

American government did not originate in any abstract theories about liberty and equality, but in the actual experience gained by generation after generation of English colonists in managing their own political affairs. The Revolution did not make a breach in the continuity of their institutional life. -Charles A. Beard

Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders want to raise taxes on the rich, saying it will solve inequality. It won't. All that will do is significantly reduce incentives to work, save, and invest. But I say inequality is not the problem. The problem is a lack of growth. -Lawrence Kudlow

I never understood why women wanted equality in the workplace when in fact, that would be selling them short. -Jay Samit

When Landon Carter, a Virginia plantation owner, read the Declaration of Independence two days after it was issued, he wondered whether its ringing affirmation of equality meant that slaves must be freed. If so, he confided to his diary, 'You must send them out of the country, or they must steal for their support.' -Edmund Morgan

To me, freedom of speech and debate are necessary inputs in solving any of our nation's problems, from homelessness and economic inequality to banking, the environment, and national security. Freedom of speech is what Larry Lessig would call a 'root' issue; working on free speech is striking at a root issue. -Marvin Ammori

It's well proven that if you have equality in society, society flourishes, and if you have inequality, it doesn't. So it's good for everybody. -Sarah Gavron

The great fact of individual difference and variability (that is, inequality) is evident from the long record of human experience: hence, the general recognition of the antihuman nature of a world of coerced uniformity. -Murray Rothbard

Our socialism does not include extreme materialistic concepts, since Indonesia is primarily a God-fearing, God-loving nation. Our socialism is a mixture. We draw political equality from the American Declaration of Independence. We draw spiritual equality from Islam and Christianity. We draw scientific equality from Marx. -Sukarno

If we truly understand, remember, and love the people of Indonesia, let us accept this principle of social justice, that is, not only political equality, but we must create equality in the economic field, too, which means the best possible well-being. -Sukarno

Today it is time for every child to have a right to life, right to freedom, right to health, right to education, safety, the right to dignity, right to equality, and right to peace. -Kailash Satyarthi

That the caste system must be abolished if the Hindu society is to be reconstructed on the basis of equality, goes without saying. Untouchability has its roots in the caste system. They cannot expect the Brahmins to rise in revolt against the caste system. Also we cannot rely upon the non-Brahmins and ask them to fight our battle. -B. R. Ambedkar

Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life. -B. R. Ambedkar

My social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words: liberty, equality and fraternity. Let no one, however, say that I have borrowed by philosophy from the French Revolution. I have not. My philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. I have derived them from the teachings of my Master, the Buddha. -B. R. Ambedkar

Growing up in Mississippi – a state that historically was a place of racial injustice, inequality and oppression – gave me the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the evolution of the civil rights movement through the eyes of my parents, grandparents, and the black elders of our community. -Angela McGlowan

Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career. He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this, too, right along side of him. -Ivanka Trump

A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It's equality, it's fairness, and I think it's a great thing to be a part of. -Zendaya

Never let anybody get you down. Never give in to people who say nasty things on the Internet. Work to represent women in the best way possible because, even though respect and equality for women has progressed over time, it's still not in the place that it should be. -Harley Quinn Smith

The fact is that democracy anywhere in the world, including in the United States, is not something that comes easy. And yet, we are committed to it, and equality and democracy are the only ways in the long run that Jews will be safe in the Middle East. -Ian Lustick

Labour ministers often look puzzled when reports show that Britain has one of the lowest levels of social mobility in the developed world. They just don't get it. They see poverty, inequality, fairness, as all about income. For the past 12 years, they have relied on tax credits to solve this. But tax credits do not solve poverty: they mask it. -Theresa May

Our equality bill is specifically designed to protect religion and belief on exactly the same terms as race or gender or sexuality. -Gordon Brown

I have to say that if our global alliances are going to be alliances with Hezbollah and Hamas and Hugo Chavez's Venezuela and Vladimir Putin's Russia, there is absolutely no chance of building a world-wide alliance that can deal with poverty and inequality and climate change and financial instability, and we've got to face up to that fact. -Gordon Brown

Marriage equality is not a choice. It is a legal right. -Cory Booker

I think that there have been a lot of fear-based assertions that feminism is about aggression, and that is incorrect and untrue. Feminism is about equality; that's what it's about. -Jenny Slate

As my audience grew more diverse, I started interjecting social justice advocacy and commentaries about LGBT equality, and it just kept growing more. -George Takei

I do think that Japan will be one of the nations that have equality, and that, too, will serve as an example for other Asian nations. -George Takei

The arc of our history is toward more equality being expanded to more and more people. -George Takei

My pledge to you is that the SNP will put women and gender equality right at the heart of the Westminster agenda. -Nicola Sturgeon

The task ahead of us will be extremely challenging as the Tory party continue with their austerity agenda and as we continue to resolve the issues of the past and build unity, reconciliation, and equality. -Martin McGuinness

As a young man on the streets of Derry, I saw Ian Paisley as an immortal opponent of everything to do with equality, justice, fairness, and respect for Irishness. -Martin McGuinness

The Good Friday Agreement was an incredible breakthrough. But it's my view that the Hillsborough Agreement could see politics in the north come of age, and see us all move forwards on the basis of equality and partnership. -Martin McGuinness

Within loyalism and the UVF, there are clearly people who are not just aggravated by the issue around flags or parades. They're aggravated by me and Sinn Fein being in government. They're opposed to the political institutions – there's an inability of a minority within loyalism to accept the concept of equality. -Martin McGuinness

I get asked to comment a lot on inequality in cycling, but for me it has never been an issue. Everything has always been equal on the track, and the male and female riders are all part of the same team, and we all mix freely. -Laura Trott

It's terribly important that we extend the promise of equality that the Supreme Court and that the district court articulated in the DOMA case and in the Perry case to all Americans in all 50 states. -David Boies

I want to do everything in my power to ensure the equality between all movements of Judaism in the state of Israel: Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform. In conversions, in budgets, in the eyes of the law. No one can claim ownership over the Jewish God. -Yair Lapid

The struggle for equality is really a struggle for democracy, and that's why it's a struggle for all the population. -Ayman Odeh

Just as Jews in the U.S. joined Martin Luther King, I'm sure hundreds of thousands of Jews will join the struggle for civil equality in Israel. -Ayman Odeh

Those of us focused on issues related to social justice and equality are grateful for the significant steps President Obama has made to advance women's equality and status all over the world. -Christy Turlington

The women's movement in the 1970s led more women into the workforce and got them closer to pay equality. -Rebecca Traister

Single women will get us closer to gender equality, and that will take many forms, including a reimagining of what families entail and what it means to have a full female life. Also, their presence will force the government to support a population of independent women more capably. -Rebecca Traister

We march on toward the realization of the American Dream. We are not diverted by those who would deny opportunity based on what we look like or where we came from or who would deny equality based on who we love. -Donna Brazile

Poverty is a national issue and needs a federal response. After all, U.S. federal government policies helped produce massive income inequality by lopsided breaks for the super wealthy. -Donna Brazile

The untold secret driving the obstruction to Obama's economic equality agenda is this: The opposition isn't really battling Big Government. The opposition is protecting an economic system that's putting more and more of the earned income out of reach for those aspiring to better themselves. -Donna Brazile

While the law cannot force a person to be moral or tolerant, through the law we can demand respect and expect equality. -Donna Brazile

Both the IDB and Fundacion ALAS believe that the future of prosperity and equality that we hope for has to start today with higher investment and higher quality in Early Childhood Development programs throughout the region. -Shakira

I think that overall, the position – on a whole host of issues – should always be toward inclusion and equality. -Loretta Lynch

Every person remembers some moment in their life where they witnessed some injustice, big or small, and looked away because the consequences of intervening seemed too intimidating. But there's a limit to the amount of incivility and inequality and inhumanity that each individual can tolerate. I crossed that line. And I'm no longer alone. -Edward Snowden

Inequality saps the economy by draining the buying power of Americans whose incomes have stagnated, forcing them to rely on debt to fund education, housing, and health care. -George Packer

The Princeton economist Alan Krueger has demonstrated that societies with higher levels of income inequality are societies with lower levels of social mobility. -George Packer

The idea of solving as huge and long-term a problem as inequality – which, for my money, is the biggest single problem we have here at home – just never gets serious concern from both sides. -George Packer

My brother had the courage to come out in 1978, when equality was still a distant dream. -Elizabeth Esty

What I find most interesting about the U.S. is this idea of equality. That's what I'm trying to do with immigration. If what the founding fathers said is true, that we are all equal, then let's fight for that. -Jorge Ramos

I am so proud of being a Paralympian because I think the Games are a very good platform for disabled persons to perform themselves. Within the Paralympics movement, it's not just talk about excellence; it's not just talk about the competition. It's also talk about the equality and how your world accepts those disabled people. -Yu Chui Yee

We have equality of men and women in western society, whereas in Islamic culture, women are inferior to men. -Pim Fortuyn

Repealing the estate tax won't create jobs, it won't boost GDP, and it won't add efficiency to the market. Instead, repealing the estate tax will simply add to the debt, hurt our ability to build a stronger economy and worsen economic inequality. -John Delaney

I'm immensely proud to be a Democrat because of our party's history of fighting for justice, fairness, and equality. From Roosevelt to Obama, we've worked to bring seniors and children out of poverty, expanded civil rights, supported science and research, and pushed for equality of opportunity. -John Delaney

An important priority for me is a business must get their own house in order. Be or become an agent of positive change in your own enterprise and adopt responsible practices to eliminate the risks that often lie at the root of inequality and poverty. -Richard Branson

I want everyone to know what they deserve in relationships: that they can demand equality and kindness. Because everyone will have a relationship at some point in their life. It's what we all do, every day, and we need to know how to do it. -Olivia Colman

The only thing I advocate for is for equality for female athletes because we train just as hard, and we're always having a lot of head-to-head clashes, always competing against each other. -Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Outside the Olympics, there are massive discrepancies within all sports. But the positive side for me is that the Olympics are the biggest platform there is, and there's total equality across all sports. -Lizzie Armitstead

I wouldn't really call myself a feminist. I obviously want equality and equal opportunities to the men. -Katie Taylor

I feel if you believe in equality, you have to believe in it for everybody. And that's the way I've always lived my life. -Aisha Tyler

Sports are a great place to show that equality can happen. -Venus Williams

As long as we set up equality, we'll go in the right direction. -Venus Williams

I think preaching equality among unequals is the worst form of discrimination. -P. Chidambaram

Educated women armed with computers have defeated extremists by denying them a monopoly to define cultural identity and interpret religious texts. No extremist can say that women are inferior to men without being made a laughingstock on Al Jazeera. Islam insisted on equality between everyone. -Fatema Mernissi

In Islamic societies, politicians can manipulate almost everything. But thus far, no fundamentalist leader has been able to convince his supporters to renounce Islam's central virtue – the principle of strict equality between human beings, regardless of sex, race, or creed. -Fatema Mernissi

We are used to thinking of Amazon myths in terms of violence against uppity women, but the ancient evidence also reveals a vision of gender equality. -Adrienne Mayor

I think the key to the whole appeal of Amazons is the egalitarian society. There was once a time and place where equality was taken for granted – it was logical and necessary – and I think most people can get the message that if it happened once, it could happen again. -Adrienne Mayor

It's sort of fair to say that Amazons, both as reality and as a dream of equality, have always been with us; it's just that sometimes that fiery Amazon spirit is hidden from view or even suppressed. -Adrienne Mayor

I've been in revolt for years against ignominy, against injustice, against inequality, against immorality, against the exploitation of human beings. -Hugo Chavez

We in America were worried about many problems dealing with economic inequality and political inequality. The Communist Party seemed to be the only political force, both concerned and willing, to take action to stop the threat of fascism abroad and to work for economic and political reform in this country. -Sidney Buchman

For forty years, I have devoted myself to the cause of the people's revolution with but one aim in view – the elevation of China to a position of freedom and equality among the nations. -Sun Yat-sen

The government should help and guide the weak and small racial groups within its national boundaries toward self-determination and self-government. It should offer resistance to foreign aggression, and simultaneously, it should revise foreign treaties in order to restore our equality and independence among the nations. -Sun Yat-sen

I fall into the camp that income inequality is the biggest problem we face. -Gina Raimondo

I'm going to do anything I can do – whether that's being part of FIFA or creating some sort of movement that can actually impart real equality across all lines – in every country, every city, every sector all over the world, that's what I'm going to do. -Abby Wambach

It's about our ability precisely to integrate a people and offer jobs, and that, for me, is one of the key rationales of the reforms I'm pushing, and I'm a strong believer in that when you lift barriers, when you deregulate a lot of stuff, basically you improve the equality of opportunities. -Emmanuel Macron

I don't believe that killing the French model in order to become the U.K. or the United States overnight is the solution. You have a big debate on inequality there, and for our society, a lot of inequality would not be bearable. -Emmanuel Macron

I believe that our democratic values are also born out of our Jewish faith, a 'love for the stranger,' and equality before the law – these are not foreign values: this is Judaism. -Reuven Rivlin

Wonder Woman, she's amazing. I love everything that she represents and everything that she stands for. She's all about love and compassion and truth and justice and equality, and she's a whole lot of woman. -Gal Gadot

I'm not speaking in favor of killing innovation. I'm speaking in favor of centrist use of the market, which involves necessarily a considerable degree of regulation. Markets by themselves will get themselves inevitably into inequality and into their own destruction. It will happen again and again. -Paul Samuelson

There have been some gains made in terms of more equality for women in the workplace and in the way the legal system deals with issues of violence against women. -Tracy Chapman

I'm doing 'Rock of Ages' one day, making out with Russell Brand. Soon after that, I'm advocating with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon for marriage equality. -Alec Baldwin

I think when you're talking about marriage equality and race, people very quickly start to get into their political corners: their ideology comes to the forefront, and they get into this platform argument that they're used to making, which really doesn't have anything to do with the day-to-day basics of what is being talked about. -Jeff Nichols

We have a problem with dealing with race in our country. We have a problem with dealing with marriage equality and equality in general. These are complex, divisive issues in our society, and I think that the only way we further this conversation is to take them down to a very human scale. -Jeff Nichols

Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth. -John Quincy Adams

Liberty and equality are captivating sounds, but they often captivate to destroy. -John Tyler

It's a facet of the gay rights movement that people don't think about enough. Why suddenly marriage equality? Because it wasn't until 1981 that the court struck down Louisiana's 'head and master rule,' that the husband was head and master of the house. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The concern was that if a woman was doing gender equality, her chances of making it to tenure in the law school were diminished. It was considered frivolous. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm. His power toppled the mightiest of foes, and his intense light shined on America, and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self realization, courage, laughter, love, joy and religious freedom for all. -Billy Crystal

Citizens of Rome might boast that the claim of 'Civus romanus sum' set them apart from barbarians and slaves, and it was true up to a point, but Roman citizens lived in a society that accepted pain, cruelty, and torture as the norm, and in which there was no suggestion of equality at birth or mercy in the afterlife. -Michael Korda

In my late 20s, I realized that I had a very clear social conscience and strong opinions about things like diversity, equality, and education, and while I tried to become more politically literate, I just couldn't catch on. It felt like I had walked into a movie that had already started, and no one would explain what had happened. -Tracee Ellis Ross

If interviewers are prejudiced against women or Hispanics, for example, a face-to-face interview will predictably result in discrimination. Reliance on tests, or on actual or past performance, can promote equality. -Cass Sunstein

My generation took on political equality. I believe young people, who have graduated into a poor economy, have an incentive to take on much tougher issues of income equality. If they show the leadership they have demonstrated in the last few elections, they can bring changes even greater than my generation achieved. -Eleanor Holmes Norton

I have supported civil rights activity in my state. I have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all. -Jeff Sessions

I enjoy repartee and frequently engage in devil's advocacy. In short, when I talk to friends, I do not guard every word that I say because I think that I know they know that my commitment to equality and justice is real, and they would not twist my words or misinterpret what I am saying to them. -Jeff Sessions

Hillary is not an agent of change. Nor does she have any idea how to restore rapid economic growth. Instead, she is a prisoner of the Left. Tax the rich, inequality, redistribution. -Lawrence Kudlow

The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing – that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world – is what I wish for all. -Fidel Castro

I watched my parents act as completely equal partners in their relationship, and as a son to a woman I respect immensely, I never thought of gender inequality as a child. -Brad Feld

Sometimes I wonder if there is any hope left for an Israeli-Palestinian discourse that is built on equality and liberty rather than a fruitless discourse of master and servant. -Sayed Kashua

I'm all for philosophical debates about race, but if you look at history, you see that the status quo has power when it's unchallenged. So these conversations about inequality are crucial. -Ruth Negga

We need to have a conversation about the fact that black faces are not as visible as they should be, that there is huge inequality everywhere in terms of race. -Ruth Negga

Don't settle; don't compromise. Freeze your eggs, get your sociology doctorate, worry more about war and pestilence and the incredible inequality of geographical birth than finding your soulmate. -Nia Vardalos

Some women are smarter than men, and some aren't. But to suggest to women that they deserve dominance instead of equality is at best a cheap applause line. -Campbell Brown

We will fiercely challenge those forces within the education establishment who impede innovation in our schools and who protect and defend inequality and institutional failure. -Campbell Brown

Some degree of inequality in income and wealth, of course, would occur even with completely equal opportunity because variations in effort, skill, and luck will produce variations in outcomes. -Janet Yellen

An important factor influencing intergenerational mobility and trends in inequality over time is economic opportunity. -Janet Yellen

The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me. -Janet Yellen

Feminism is nothing but equality, and actually, feminism benefits men because it liberates us and it releases us from many stigmas imposed by the macho culture on us as well. So if more of us could understand that it's nothing but equality, I think many agendas in terms of equality would have advanced quicker because it really helps us as well. -Edgar Ramirez

I want girls to know that equality exists in this world. You can do anything you want. -Yuna

A compassionate mind is very difficult to cultivate because compassion demands a sense of equality between all living beings. -Lobsang Tenzin

Negroes must be free in order to be equal, and they must be equal in order to be free… Men cannot win freedom unless they win equality. They cannot win equality unless they win freedom. -A. Philip Randolph

Today, Negroes play on every big league club and in every minor league. With millions of other Negroes in other walks of life, we are willing to stand up and be counted for what we believe in. In baseball or out, we are no longer willing to wait until Judgment Day for equality – we want it here on earth as well as in Heaven. -Jackie Robinson

Young men in my day really stepped up… These were champions for freedom, equality, and justice for all human beings, and they were educated individuals that used their education and knowledge to represent their case. -Jim Brown

Growing up, my parents treated my brother and me with absolute equality. -Anushka Sharma

In terms of my involvement in 'don't ask, don't tell' and marriage equality and anti-bullying and social emotional learning in schools – these are all things that arise out of my relationship with the world and with my fans. -Lady Gaga

I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love and compassion and kindness. -Lady Gaga

We don't have a divine right to success. So I agree with a lot of politicians out there when they say, 'We've got serious issues.' We do: immigration, infrastructure. I think income inequality's one of them. -Jamie Dimon

Am I feminist? I don't know. I'm not really sure what that is. I am all up for equality to a certain extent, although in the home, I do feel this is where the mother excels and the man needs to step back a bit. My family is from Nigeria, and this is our culture. -Anthony Joshua

Today, it's about gender equality, not neutrality. Anyone who doesn't agree would be a bit of an idiot. -Twinkle Khanna

We come to Selma to be renewed. We come to be inspired. We come to be reminded that we must do the work that justice and equality calls us to do. -John Lewis

Vivek is a very supportive man. If I am in the kitchen doing something, he comes and helps. I don't think marriage will change anything for us. Our careers will not be affected after marriage. He believes in gender equality and is a man of today's time. -Divyanka Tripathi

We need everyone to be a feminist. Feminism is the fight for the equality of sexes, not for the domination of one sex over another. -Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Inequality of women concerns both India and France, though it might have different manifestations in both the countries. -Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Is it written that equality between men and women means one can change sex? Obviously not. -Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

I do believe in humanism, and I believe that we should treat each other with respect and care and look after each other. All human beings should have an equal chance to survive in society, and inequality is a big problem in society. -Stellan Skarsgard

It's tougher for women than men in Hollywood, period, if you ask me. As with most professions, women have generally not found equality with men when it comes to income and influence. There aren't as many female directors, producers, and writers, which translates to fewer complex roles for women. -Nazanin Boniadi

Our elite believe in a new trinity of equality, democracy and diversity. Indeed, after the Cold War, we declared the spread of democracy worldwide to be our historic mission and national goal. -Pat Buchanan

Separate inherently is not equal. There's a reason why $45 million was spent against marriage equality. It's because people understand the word does have meaning. And equality comes when we accept the same notions and the same institutions for everyone, regardless of race and gender and regardless of sex orientation. -Gavin Newsom

All women, whatever be their position, should demand political equality as a means of a freer life, and one calculated to yield rich blessings to society. -Clara Zetkin

This is a great country, but fortunately for you, it is not perfect. There is much to be done to bring about complete equality. Remove hunger. Bring reality closer to theory and democratic principles. -Thurgood Marshall

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. -Thurgood Marshall

Talking about income inequality, even if you're not on the Forbes 400 list, can make us feel uncomfortable. It feels less positive, less optimistic, to talk about how the pie is sliced than to think about how to make the pie bigger. -Chrystia Freeland

Individual nations have offered their own contributions to income inequality – financial deregulation and upper-bracket tax cuts in the United States; insider privatization in Russia; rent-seeking in regulated industries in India and Mexico. -Chrystia Freeland

As income inequality increases, the social and political sway of those at the very, very top grows, too. They are nearly all men, and men whose lived experience tells them that women, for whatever reason, just don't have what it takes. -Chrystia Freeland

Income inequality is one thing, but a permanent division into the haves and have-nots is an entirely different thing – and much less acceptable. -Chrystia Freeland

Worrying about the poor is one thing. To contend that equality is necessary for growth is an altogether different and more radical idea. -Chrystia Freeland

I see social mobility and equality of opportunity as really successful Canadian values. -Chrystia Freeland

The triumph of economic liberalization has coincided with a sharp increase in income inequality. -Chrystia Freeland

'The Handmaid's Tale' is a human story, and women's rights are human rights, and it's all about equality, but at the end of the day, it's not equal. -Yvonne Strahovski

Those on the downside of rising economic inequality generally do not want government policies that look like handouts. They typically do not want the government to make the tax system more progressive, to impose punishing taxes on the rich, in order to give the money to them. Redistribution feels demeaning. It feels like being labeled a failure. -Robert J. Shiller

A moderate tax on robots, even a temporary tax that merely slows the adoption of disruptive technology, seems a natural component of a policy to address rising inequality. Revenue could be targeted toward wage insurance, to help people replaced by new technology make the transition to a different career. -Robert J. Shiller

This is an anxiety driven world – the whole world is driven by anxiety. It is anxiety about the aftermath of the global financial crisis; it's anxiety about inequality and about computers replacing jobs. -Robert J. Shiller

If we wait until income inequality is much more severe, we will have a whole class of new superrich who will probably feel entitled to their wealth and will have the means to defend their interest. That's already gone far enough. We shouldn't let it become more extreme. -Robert J. Shiller

If there is inequality, and that equates with colour, then I'm going to deal with it. -Forest Whitaker

For most of us, fidelity is faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. For the men and women of the FBI, fidelity also means fidelity to country. It means fidelity to justice and the law, fidelity to the Constitution, fidelity to equality and liberty. -Robert Mueller

The definition of being a feminist is equality, and if you're not a feminist at this point, then what are you really promoting? -Alessia Cara

When I was confronted with just the bare facts of poverty and inequality in America, it always disturbed and confused me. -Matthew Desmond

You have to understand the role the landlords are playing in shaping neighborhoods, how they potentially expand or reduce inequality, how their profits are a direct result of some tenant's poverty. -Matthew Desmond

In India, by and large, women are not educated enough to be bread winners and, within the moorings of traditional cultures, do not have the courage and the capacity to leave the matrimonial home. Given the inequality prevalent in family structures, the woman's right to opt out is suicidal. -Kapil Sibal

The Islamic tradition does show some areas of apparent incompatibility with the goals of women in the West, and Muslims have a long way to go in their attitudes towards women. But blaming the religion is again to express an ignorance both of the religion and of the historical struggle for equality of women in Muslim societies. -Hamza Yusuf

Dr. King challenged our country to fulfill the promises of liberty, equality, and justice prescribed in the founding of our great nation. Leading by example, he stressed the teachings of tolerance, service, and love, regardless of race, color, or creed. -Steve Scalise

For every challenge we face – unemployment, poverty, crime, income growth, income inequality, productivity, competitiveness – a great education is a major component of the solution. -Bruce Rauner

We have been sold a Muslim boogeyman. We are buying into it, and we are terrified, and that terror is causing people to lash out at comedians like myself or women wearing hijabs, or anyone who seems to defend equality for Muslims worldwide. -Maysoon Zayid

My goal is to show girls that I'm fighting so they don't have to, so they don't have to fight the same battles, so they don't have to fight for wage equality or whatever it may be. -Alex Morgan

In college, when I was kind of confronted with facts and figures about inequality in America, a big impulse I had was to go hang out with homeless people around my university and hear them out and understand their situation from their perspective. -Matthew Desmond

The search for justice and security, the struggle for equality of opportunity, the quest for tolerance and harmony, the pursuit of human dignity – these are moral imperatives which we must work towards and think about on a daily basis. -Aga Khan IV

I am for 100% equality across the board for everybody, in all walks of life. -David Furnish

For someone with a background of economic justice, what scared me about climate change is not just that the sea level will rise and we'll have more storms – it's how this intersects with that cocktail of inequality and racism. -Naomi Klein

We live in an interconnected world, in an interconnected time, and we need holistic solutions. We have a crisis of inequality, and we need climate solutions that solve that crisis. -Naomi Klein

We need to invest in healthcare, in education, in the sciences. And in so doing, we will tackle one of the most intractable problems we face, which is gross wealth inequality. We can't fight climate change without dealing with inequality in our countries and between our countries. -Naomi Klein

You don't need to visit a prison to know that racial inequality exists. There's enough talk about it, especially in Silicon Valley, to know that there's a diversity problem. -Christine Tsai

Let me say, I fully embrace equality, and I believe in the innate value of every single human being and that all students, no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe and be free of discrimination. -Betsy DeVos

If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy. -Tim Cook

Wishy-washy equivocations – and not just on abortion, but on immigration, on civil rights, on income inequality – weaken all of us. -Laura Moser

Our new vice president, Mike Pence, is one of the most blatantly anti-LGBT politicians in the country, and most, if not all, of Trump's cabinet is anti LGBT equality as well. -Billy Eichner

A visionary leadership is required to harness rapid technological change for positive benefit rather than allowing to become disruptive and further exacerbate economic inequality. -Piyush Goyal

I pledge as Taoiseach to use my office, for as long as I hold it, to advance the cause of LGBT rights, to press for marriage equality across Ireland, to speak up for LGBT rights around the world where they are under attack, and to push for the implementation of the sexual health strategy here at home at a time when it is more important than ever. -Leo Varadkar

We really need to come behind and press for marriage equality in Northern Ireland. -Leo Varadkar

Transgender folks have been part of the push for LGBT equality from the beginning, and we've spoken with loud and intelligent voices and have found political and personal success and advancement all over the world. -Chelsea Manning

Many queer and trans people live – and lived – in our prison and jails, in our homeless shelters, in run-down houses and apartment buildings, and on the corners of every major city. Marriage equality doesn't help them; and the potential loss of momentum for trans/queer rights after this win could well hurt them. -Chelsea Manning

This is the problem with modern-day feminism. It used to be about equality. Now, it's about bashing men, asking for free stuff, and tearing down other women for refusing to play victim to the trumped-up, B.S. 'War on Women.' -Tomi Lahren

Marriage equality is a hustler's feeding frenzy of gold-diggers. I campaigned for marriage equality in Maryland because I believe we should have the right to it, but I personally don't want to get married. I don't want to imitate the traditions of heterosexual people. I hate weddings: they make me uneasy. -John Waters

The theme of the Labor Department's centennial is 'Then, Now, Next.' So in honoring Esther Peterson, we look not just to the past but to the future, acknowledging with honesty and a sense of purpose the lingering challenges we still face and the distance we've yet to travel before equality is truly a reality in the lives of all women. -Tom Perez

We need to see the FLSA and the minimum wage as part of a larger struggle to cut poverty and to address the challenge of income inequality. -Tom Perez

From the new hate crimes law to the repeal of DOMA and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' to the emerging popular support for marriage equality, we are making progress at breakneck speed. As someone who has dedicated most of my career to civil rights law, I am deeply moved by this sea change and proud to have done my part. -Tom Perez

At Coinbase, our mission is to create an open financial system for the world. We believe that open protocols for money will create more innovation, economic freedom, and equality of opportunity in the world, just like the Internet did for publishing information. -Brian Armstrong

It's important to reflect upon how far we've come in achieving gender equality in the workplace and how we could move faster toward even greater goals. -Julie Sweet

The need for a national Employment Non-Discrimination Act a critical part of the LGBT community's struggle for equality. -Jared Polis

To take women's equality from novelty to norm, we need to change narratives at a societal and individual level. -Cathy Engelbert

The feminist movement is way bigger than the word. I don't police people on what they call themselves, but equality and a general sense of togetherness are really important to me. -Petra Collins

Regardless of what race, what color, what sex, what nationality, what sexual orientation – regardless of who you are, equality should always rule! Whatever is right for you is right. Period. -Winnie Harlow

History and socio-economic inequality and all those things had, like, borne down upon my family and my community and really sort of narrowed our choices. -Jesmyn Ward

If I was misogynist, would I hire a woman as my CEO? Probably not. I grew up in Denmark, for crying out loud. Denmark is probably one of the places where equality is actually fully achieved. Our political system is practically a matriarchy. -Bjarke Ingels

I'm proud to be a feminist because making sure that everyone understands we all have a role in fighting for equality is the only way to move forward. -Justin Trudeau

If you're a progressive, you really should be a feminist because it's about equality, it's about respect, it's about making the best of the world that we have. -Justin Trudeau

Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. -Justin Trudeau

As algorithms push humans out of the job market, wealth and power might become concentrated in the hands of the tiny elite that owns the all-powerful algorithms, creating unprecedented social and political inequality. Alternatively, the algorithms might themselves become the owners. -Yuval Noah Harari

As Americans, I think we really believe that with the meritocracy that exists in our country, the equality of opportunity is so important to the foundation of our culture and our society. -Kenneth C. Griffin

We must remember that although we come from different backgrounds and ideologies, we're all part of this great experiment in self-governance. We're all united by common values of liberty, justice, and equality of opportunity, even if we don't always agree on how to achieve them. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

It's very hard to persuade a young person who has seen the Great Recession, who has seen all the problems with inequality, to tell them inequality is not important and that markets are always efficient. They'd think you're crazy. -Joseph Stiglitz

When you don't have equality of opportunity because you don't have equal access to education, it just seems so outrageous. It weakens our economy and leads to more inequality. -Joseph Stiglitz

Some people say we have this inequality because some people have been contributing much more to our society, and so it's fair that they get more. But then you look at the people who are at the top, and you realize they're not the people who have transformed our economy, our society. -Joseph Stiglitz

High levels of economic inequality lead to imbalances in political power, as those at the top use their economic weight to shape our politics in ways that give them more economic power. -Joseph Stiglitz

European officials thought that austerity was part of what they called their 'convergence policies,' of trying to bring countries together. Instead, it actually made things worse. There's more inequality within countries and more disparity across countries. -Joseph Stiglitz

If there is a silver lining in the Trump cloud, it is a new sense of solidarity over core values such as tolerance and equality, sustained by awareness of the bigotry and misogyny, whether hidden or open, that Trump and his team embody. -Joseph Stiglitz

A lot of my book, 'The Price of Inequality,' is about why there has been an increase in rent-seeking. -Joseph Stiglitz

I grew up in a progressive household with a family that believed in equality for all, and that leaves its mark on you. In the past, I planned to go into politics and never considered Wall Street as an option. -Dan Schulman

Boosting STEM education opportunities for young women globally is one critical way that the U.S. can promote women's equality, as well as economic development, around the world. -Kristen Soltis Anderson

The day-to-day microaggressions that we all face, yeah, you have to let some stuff slide, or you go, 'I gotta keep moving; there's bigger fish to fry.' It's something that I still deal with. But I've tried to have the audacity of equality and to follow my heart in those moments where I feel like something is wrong. -Hasan Minhaj

My dad's from that generation like a lot of immigrants where he feels like if you come to this country, you pay this thing like the American dream tax: like you're going to endure some racism, and if it doesn't cost you your life, well hey, you lucked out. Pay it; there you go, Uncle Sam. I was born here, so I actually had the audacity of equality. -Hasan Minhaj

There's a lot of freedom to do anything you want in Mexico. It's just that that freedom belongs to a few. It's a huge country with a big contrast. There is this big inequality, so those like us that have the chance to do things, we know we are very lucky. -Diego Luna

I challenge British Muslims to accept that as strongly as they feel about Iraq or counter-terrorism measures, poverty and inequality have the biggest impact on the lives of the majority of British Muslims and do the most to prevent potential being fulfilled. -Sadiq Khan

All this talk of equality remains merely on paper. In real life, women are still bound by several psychological shackles and emotional boundaries imposed on them by their families and others. If a girl comes home late, she is asked 100 questions, whereas boys are not answerable for anything. And this prevails across segments. -Sangram Singh

Sweden is a good country to raise a family in because there is an equality there I don't feel in the States. -Alexander Skarsgard

The principal challenge of the next phase of the Negro revolution is to make certain that equality of results will now follow. If we do not, there will be no social peace in the United States for generations. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Too often, customary practices and discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, social status, or class are the root sources of pervasive inequality in many countries. -Said Musa

There is growing inequality. The families of the all-powerful Ministers are getting richer. The poor and hard-working Belizeans are getting poorer. -Said Musa

It's really obvious that we have very serious inequality in this country across many different spectrums. Yes, we can talk about the form of protest or the way it's done or this or that. But it's still not really the conversation that I think we desperately need to have more of in this country. -Megan Rapinoe

The more I've been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects. You can't really pick it apart. It's all intertwined. -Megan Rapinoe

If we want to be proud to be from a country like America and all the things that we hang our hats on, like diversity, equality, land of the free and home of the brave, it's everybody's responsibility to ensure that everyone in the country is being afforded the same rights. -Megan Rapinoe

You have someone like Colin or many of the other athletes who have knelt, especially athletes of colour, and if you're not respecting what they're saying, if you're not believing their charges of police brutality or racial inequality, you're saying that they're lying. -Megan Rapinoe

I'm a pretty open book, so not being out publicly felt inauthentic. Hopefully we can get to a point where your personal life isn't anybody else's business, but until then, it's less about people having to know about your sexuality than standing up for what's right and fighting for equality. -Megan Rapinoe

Honestly, I feel like we are a walking protest. The fact that we're women professional athletes says that in and of itself. We've been feeling the inequality; we've been struggling with pay equality or whatever it is, or sexism in sports. -Megan Rapinoe

As the father of two daughters, the ongoing struggle for women's equality is very personal for me. That's why it has been an honor during my time in Congress to support women's rights by advocating for reproductive rights, equal pay, access to paid maternity leave and quality child care. -Mike Quigley

Economic inequality is not about food stamps and homeless shelters. It is about being a devotee of social justice and equality. -Mike Quigley

The policies we debate and enact in Congress have a real impact on people across the country. Climate change, immigration, economic inequality – each of these issues have become hot button, partisan topics, but support or opposition on these pressing issues shouldn't come down to party. -Mike Quigley

Unions have long championed measures to reduce social and economic inequality, and efforts to weaken the labor movement at both the state and federal level have successfully stalled any progress. -Mike Quigley

One hundred and fifty years after Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, equality for many Americans remains elusive. -Mike Quigley

Fairness and equality means that what you are never limits who you can be. It means that a young African-American man like my father can start a business with $500 and a dream. It means that a young African-American woman like my mother can walk into European fashion houses with her head held high and be treated with respect. -Linda Johnson Rice

There is greater income inequality in the United States than in any other industrialized country. Yes, the debt is a problem that must be dealt with. To me, however, the disappearing middle class is even worse – bad for our economy and really bad for our democracy. -Jan Schakowsky

We should not wait any longer to ensure that women get the pay they deserve. I will keep fighting for this until we achieve equality. I am very thankful for all those who are already advocating for equal pay, and I hope others will join me in this fight. -Jan Schakowsky

Investing in women at home and abroad strengthens families, uplifts our children, improves health, makes communities and countries more peaceful, and brightens our collective future. Where women have equality, security, and the opportunity to live, work, and prosper, their families and societies are better off. -Jan Schakowsky

More than 180 countries around the world have ratified CEDAW, some with reservations. While the United States signed the treaty in 1981, it is one of the few countries that have not yet ratified it. As a global leader for human rights and equality, I believe our country should adopt this resolution and ratify the CEDAW treaty. -Jan Schakowsky

As a member of the Democratic Women's Working Group and Co-Chair of the Congressional Seniors Task Force, I will keep fighting for women's rights until they are completely secured. My daughters and granddaughters and millions of women and girls nationwide deserve our tireless efforts until we become a country where there is truly equality for all. -Jan Schakowsky

You had a generation of women, of which I'm part, where it was a stigma to be associated with feminism; there was a backlash. Now you have a generation that is clearly embracing feminism because, at the end of the day, the definition of feminism is just equality. -Nancy Dubuc

Bearing in mind most companies rely on the middle classes in developed countries to sell goods and services throughout the value chain, dealing with inequality is a matter of brutal enlightened self-interest. It's simple economics: Global stability equals global growth equals profits. -Richard Quest

The antidote to inequality is equality. The question is how do you achieve equality? I believe that, for business, which is where I can speak, we have to shift from shareholder maximization to stakeholder maximization. -Marc Benioff

I believe in equality: guys have rights, women have rights. It should be the same with race, or class, or whatever. I just like balance. -Little Simz

From lying about climate change, to undermining programs that make up our social safety net, to opposing laws that reduce gun violence, to fighting marriage equality, the Kochs' tentacles infiltrate all parts of America's public debates. -Sheldon Whitehouse

The problems of the world, from immigration to populism to income inequality to sustainability to peacekeeping, require a well-functioning supranational body. -Richard Edelman

I've always felt very strongly about human rights for blacks, women, and gays. Our Constitution is about equality for all – that's got to mean something to all of us. -Valerie Harper

The inequality between CEO compensation and the compensation received by workers and stockholders has grown to such an extent that it endangers our economy and and our society. -Danny K. Davis

The history of the African American community is one of enduring, relentless struggle with a vision of accepting nothing less than full social and economic equality. -Danny K. Davis

#BlackLivesMatter has raised the bar in our national dialog: Addressing economic inequality is necessary but not sufficient. It is also necessary to directly confront racial injustice. -Danny K. Davis

While I have supported marriage equality since my days as a state senator over a decade ago, I have since conducted an extensive legal analysis that has only emboldened my support as attorney general. -Lisa Madigan

I support marriage equality and oppose legislation that defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman. -Bill Foster

I'm a fan of the kind of political correctness that is about not promoting prejudice. But some people in America are offended by equality because when you've had privilege for so long, equality feels like oppression. -Ricky Gervais

Inequality starts in the womb. -Michaela Coel

I have always had an extreme sensitivity to inequality. -Agnes Gund

I just think bad vibes and hate and Trump are getting so much airtime, we need to speak out loud for peace and equality and fairness and make sure we all know that there are a lot of us out here in the world that just want love. -Jim James

Think of a public library, worth more for those who cannot afford numerous books. Think of a public waterway or fishing ground. All types of commons have imputed monetary value that together comprise a source of social income. As such, the commons reduces economic inequality and insecurity in society. -Guy Standing

Collective action remains the best way of renewing the march towards the great trinity of liberty, equality, and solidarity. -Guy Standing

The precariat is today's mass class, which is both dangerous, in rejecting old political party agendas, and transformative, in wanting to become strong enough to be able to abolish itself, to abolish the conditions of insecurity and inequality that define it. -Guy Standing

Successive governments in the U.K. have worked to create a more flexible labour market, which also meant labour insecurity. They allowed wages to drop and non-wage benefits to shrivel, creating worse inequality than statistics reveal. -Guy Standing

What we can say with confidence is that the technological revolution is worsening inequality, due mostly to mechanisms that limit free markets. It is also bringing about disruptive change that is intensifying insecurity and may indeed lead to large-scale labor displacement. -Guy Standing

I want our future leaders to know what's possible and to be part of a world where diversity and gender equality aren't special programs but the natural way of operating. -Pierre Nanterme

With the full power of our 360,000 people, we said to the external world, 'This is what we believe at Accenture is the right thing to do, and gender equality is among the business principles which are fundamental for a company, and we want this to be known outside.' -Pierre Nanterme

Gender equality is one of the principles we will never compromise at Accenture. -Pierre Nanterme

Not only do we need more women in the technology sector, we also clearly need to refocus energy on improving gender equality in the global economy. -Gillian Tans

Some of the anti-trade sentiment is the result of rising wealth inequality and stagnating real wages. -Arancha Gonzalez

Governments everywhere have ministries dedicated to women's affairs. I know of only one with a Ministry for Women Empowerment: Indonesia. Charged with the 'realization of gender equality and justice' together with children's well-being, the ministry frames gender equality as a matter of justice. -Arancha Gonzalez

Cities tend to be representations of societies: diversity and inequality find their extremes in urban settings. Yet, when war is added onto pre-existing inequalities, high levels of poverty, or even disaster, urban fragility increases exponentially, making it harder to absorb the shocks of warfare. -Peter Maurer

Fragility, violence, and conflict are complex. Fragility is influenced by a wide set of factors, many of which are deeply entrenched, such as high social and income inequality. The lines between criminal, inter-communal, and politically motivated violence are often blurred. -Peter Maurer

It is not possible to have a strong, functioning business in a world of increasing inequality, poverty, and climate change. -Paul Polman

The moral case for gender equality is obvious. It should not need any explanation. -Paul Polman

Sweden's development is based on the equal rights of men and women. We know that investments in gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights pay off. -Isabella Lovin

We are convinced that gender equality is the foundation of sustainable peace and development and that gender-based violence needs to be addressed head-on as part of the efforts to build peace. -Isabella Lovin

If you always have consciousness of gender equality at the heart of your policies, then you will have much more democratic, much more sustainable development. -Isabella Lovin

Economic inequality is a corrosive force that undermines economic growth, puts a brake on the fight against poverty, and sparks social unrest. -Winnie Byanyima

Extreme inequality is no temporary blip. It is hard-wired into our economies. -Winnie Byanyima

Without women's equal access to positions of decision-making power and a clear process to get there, gender equality, global security, and peace will never be realized. -Winnie Byanyima

Global growth and development that is strong, sustainable, and inclusive requires the challenges of inequality to be met head-on. -Winnie Byanyima

Inequality, climate change, and conflict are evicting millions from their homes. But these perils are being met with 'anti-answers' such as nationalism, closed borders, lies, and hatred. -Winnie Byanyima

The importance of tackling inequality in Africa cannot be overstated. -Winnie Byanyima

Rather than engineering our economies solely to maximise GDP, Africa's business and political leaders must build economies explicitly designed to end poverty and inequality. -Winnie Byanyima

Progressive taxation can offset the effect of growing inequality. -Winnie Byanyima

Inequality is inextricably linked with distribution of land and natural resources. -Winnie Byanyima

Protecting space for civil society and citizenry is particularly critical in a world marked by rising political and economic inequality. -Winnie Byanyima

Africa's young population could be a huge economic asset if inequality were addressed. -Winnie Byanyima

Wealth is used to entrench inequality, not to trickle down and solve it. -Winnie Byanyima

We need to tackle extreme inequality because it is morally indefensible and socially corrosive – undermining our health, affecting our well-being, and undermining peaceful societies. -Winnie Byanyima

The most sacred duty of the President of the United States of America is to defend and protect the Constitution and the principles it enshrines: freedom, fairness, and equality. -Tom Steyer

America faces very real challenges. The climate crisis, inequality, stagnant wages, student debt – the list goes on. Rather than address these serious problems, Trump uses hate-filled rhetoric to divide America by race, religion, and ancestry. -Tom Steyer

With many serious challenges facing our country – pressing issues like climate change, income inequality, and education – Trump has expressed neither the inclination nor the ability to take on these problems. -Tom Steyer

The tech-driven economy leads to a two-tier job market where workers are either critical or 'commodity.' This divisive 'winner-take-all' mentality hurts most Americans and worsens economic inequality. -Tom Steyer

I think I understand the relationships between different people within the company: people who are straightforward employees, people who can impact the bottom line, and people who share in the bottom line. I don't think you can understand inequality in America unless you understand what's driving profitability. -Tom Steyer

When corporations refuse to practice due diligence by not establishing grievance mechanisms for remedy of abuses against the hidden 94% of their workforce in their global supply chains, they perpetuate a depraved model of profit-making that has driven inequality to a level now seen as a global risk in itself. -Sharan Burrow

As we contemplate a world which is still choosing to deploy technological innovation in a way that deepens inequality and divisions within and between nations, we need to set global foundations back on track. -Sharan Burrow

When minimum living wages, bargaining for fair wages, pensions, and job security are denied in too many countries, it is not rocket science to understand the drivers of inequality. -Sharan Burrow

A new business model based on old principles of social justice where people matter – now that's a revolutionary way to reduce inequality. -Sharan Burrow

Stark inequality, poverty, and unemployment are driving increased social unrest and, consequently, social and economic risk. Environmental deterioration may well intensify social inequality. -Sharan Burrow

If the impoverishment and community fragmentation continue, it is not a stretch to predict urban wars sparked by inequality, unemployment, and the breakdown of dialogue between leaders and citizens. -Sharan Burrow

Inequality is a poison that is destroying livelihoods, stripping families of dignity, and splitting communities. -Sharan Burrow

Technology can be used to make people's lives easier, to reduce inequality, to facilitate inclusion, or to solve intractable global problems, but without dialogue and governance, it can be used against humanity – the choice on how we use technology is ours. -Sharan Burrow

It seems evident that the IMF has learned nothing from its inequality-inducing policies during the 1980s debt crises in Latin America nor from its recession-deepening response to the East Asian crisis of the late 1990s. In both regions, the IMF has become synonymous with making bad situations worse. -Sharan Burrow

Growing inequality is exacerbated by the companies who simply treat workers as commodities, and our governments are cowered by their demands to perpetuate this model of greed. -Sharan Burrow

There is a lot of inequality in Colombia. We have to correct that. -Juan Manuel Santos

Inequality is not so much a cause of economic, political, and social processes as a consequence. Some of these processes are good, some are bad, and some are very bad indeed. -Angus Deaton

It is true that globalization has fueled greater income inequality. But much of this increase should be welcomed, not condemned. There is nothing inherently bad about inequality. Whether it is bad depends on how it comes about and what it does. -Angus Deaton

I think inequality has gone past the point where it's helping us all get rich, and it's really becoming a serious threat. -Angus Deaton

I'm in favor of inequality if it comes about from people making great innovations that make us all better off. And I think those people deserve to be rich. But the people who get rich by lobbying the Congress to give them special protections that come out of the hides of the workers seems to be a bad idea. -Angus Deaton

People on left have to better understand what are the benefits of inequality, and people on right have to understand better what the dangers are… It has to become properly hardwired into the American democratic debate in a way that it hasn't really been. -Angus Deaton

If someone thinks of something, some new innovation that benefits us all, and the market works properly, they get richly rewarded for that, and that's just terrific, and that creates inequality. -Angus Deaton

Inequality is partly a marker of success. -Angus Deaton

Success breeds inequality, and you don't want to choke off success. -Angus Deaton

Inequality is an enormously complicated thing that is both good and bad. -Angus Deaton

Inequality is not the same thing as unfairness; and, to my mind, it is the latter that has incited so much political turmoil in the rich world today. -Angus Deaton

I both love inequality and am terrified of it. -Angus Deaton

A lot of our sources for income-inequality measures come from household surveys in which people report how much they earned in the last year, how much income they have, and so on. Those are not as well funded as they should be. We need to have those numbers. -Angus Deaton

I'm very keen that we have this debate about the good parts of inequality and the bad parts of inequality. It's not a one-sided thing. -Angus Deaton

A lot of people, including me, are worried that inequality will lead to bad things. -Angus Deaton

I don't think equality is intrinsically valuable, meaning in and of itself. I'm not against inequality… if Bill Gates gets another hundred million dollars, it's no skin off my nose. -Angus Deaton

High levels of inequality generate high costs for society, dampening social mobility, undermining the labour market prospects of vulnerable social groups, and creating social unrest. -Jose Angel Gurria

Every country faces its own obstacles to reaching gender equality, and to make a real difference, we must change public policies in tandem with stereotypes, attitudes, and behaviors. -Jose Angel Gurria

Gender equality is essential for ensuring that men and women can contribute fully at home, at work, and in public life for the betterment of societies and economies at large. -Jose Angel Gurria

In the face of sluggish growth, aging societies, and increasing educational attainment of young women, the economic case for gender equality is clear. -Jose Angel Gurria

We are dealing with the greater challenges of globalisation. It is generating, in many cases, an increase in the levels of inequality in societies… that is undesirable. -Jose Angel Gurria

Terrorism does not disappear with revenge tactics but through making justice and equality before law a reality. -Asma Jahangir

In New York City, the idea that district schools advance equality is a myth. -Eva Moskowitz

Expanding access to decent work opportunities is the most effective way to increase labor-market participation, lift people out of poverty, reduce inequality, and drive economic growth. It should be at the center of policymaking. The alternative is a dog-eat-dog world in which too many will feel left out. -Guy Ryder

Family-supportive policies, which enable women to remain and progress in paid employment and encourage men to take their fair share of care work, are crucial to achieving gender equality at work. -Guy Ryder

The telecom industry reaches into every corner of our economies, societies, and private lives, and it is one of the greatest drivers of economic growth and human equality the world has ever seen. -Borje Ekholm

The radical power of 'queer' always came from its inclusivity. But that inclusivity offers a false promise of equality that does not translate to the lived reality of most queer people. -Jenna Wortham

Schools are the single largest lever of mobility in this country. When we commit to creating and enforcing laws that acknowledge the injustice of the past, we open up the possibility of using schools as a means of reducing inequality. -Clint Smith

Until affirmative action is described and understood as one mechanism by which to make amends for historical wrongdoing against members of marginalized communities, it will fail to meaningfully address the inequality that exists as a direct result of federal policy. -Clint Smith

It's incredibly important to understand history… when it comes to inequality. -Clint Smith

Inequality within the deaf and hard of hearing community is something I feel really passionate about and always will do. -Rachel Shenton

In both Russia and the U.S., there are a very small number of very, very rich people, and then there are a lot of people who don't have anything. The less inequality you have in a society, the more social peace you have. It's kind of a no-brainer. -Toomas Hendrik Ilves

What is your duty to a country? Do you follow it blindly? Or do you challenge your country to be better and stand up to the ideals that all men are created equal and everyone deserves equity, not just equality? -Winston Duke

There is, happily, a non-redistributive approach to address income inequality – one that doesn't rely upon government. It's to grow the pie. That is, create more decent jobs that pay more. -Andrew Yang

If a new company is formed, it hires people and creates jobs in its community. As it grows, people's opportunities multiply and wages rise. Inequality diminishes as more people get pulled into good jobs. -Andrew Yang

I always felt the 'X-Men,' in a subtle way, often touched upon the subject of racism and inequality, and I believe that subject has come up in other titles, too. But we would never pound hard on the subject, which must be handled with care and intelligence. -Stan Lee

We need to be able to guarantee the safety of all artists and activists for human rights so that it no longer takes extraordinary courage to call for a better world – so that every person with the ability to imagine peace, equality, progress, and justice can express their dreams and hopes without fear. -Deeyah Khan

We need to defend principles like democracy, freedom of speech, gender equality, and the rule of law through exemplifying these on a global scale, not through the same cynical, isolationist policies which have eroded these so-called 'British' values across the rest of the world. -Deeyah Khan

'Munmun' happened because the human world's dizzying inequality – of wealth and of power – had begun to send me over the edge, and I had to write something to try to help myself understand it a little better. -Jesse Andrews

Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK. -Gary Cohn

Efforts to bar transgender people from restrooms are nothing more than an attempt to codify discrimination before our country advances any further on transgender equality. -Sarah McBride

Despite saying the letters 'LGBTQ' at the RNC, Donald Trump consistently endorsed anti-equality positions. -Sarah McBride

Gorsuch showed his true colors to the LGBTQ community when, in one of his first dissenting opinions on the high court, he advocated limiting the reach of the landmark 2015 marriage equality ruling by denying certain parenting rights to same-sex couples. -Sarah McBride

Time and time again, we have seen a growing alliance of allies who are willing to stand with trans people, who are educating themselves on trans identity and trans equality, and who understand that our lives are worth celebrating and that our cause matters. -Sarah McBride

We can celebrate the speed at which LGBT equality has progressed, but we also have to acknowledge that it wasn't fast enough, because too many people didn't get to experience it. We can never be too impatient. -Sarah McBride

I met my future husband Andy fighting for trans equality, and we fell in love. A couple of months after we started dating, Andy was diagnosed with cancer, and despite getting a clean bill of health several months later, eventually his cancer came back, and it was terminal. -Sarah McBride

If I only care about equality for transgender people, then I am leaving so many people behind – if I'm not at the same time seeking to end discrimination against people of color, seeking to end discrimination against women, seeking to ensure that people of every religious background have an equal opportunity. -Sarah McBride

The reality is that Hillary Clinton has been a steadfast supporter of LGBT equality. She has evolved on the issue of LGBT equality, and I think we are a better movement when we give people space to grow and learn. We can't reduce it to a single issue like marriage equality. -Sarah McBride

You could say slowly but surely, the world is changing in a good way – equality in all forms is more and more part of the global conversation, and people are celebrating diversity and individuality. -Edward Enninful

As a parent, you want to protect your children, but the fact of racism in this country, of inequality, that is still a lesson my children are going to have to learn. I can't protect my kids from that. -Jesmyn Ward

Really, feminism is just about equality, and that's all. It's just saying equal rights. -Abi Morgan

I realize that 'hire qualified women!' is the sort of outraged demand that's often met with a sigh. No one disagrees, and yet gender inequality in high-paying positions extends into all professions. -Nell Scovell

Wonder Woman is most definitely a feminist, or a humanist, in no uncertain terms. Her prime goal in life is to teach peaceful coexistence and equality. -George Perez

Marriage equality is not an issue of politics: it is an issue of justice achieved by political means. -Andy Dunn

I have to also get into producing if I want to see these stories being made… Let's venture out and do projects with people of different ethnicities: not just black but also Asian actors and Asian superhero films. Just an equality across the board. -Letitia Wright

Changing the dialogue and behaviors around race and equality in sports starts with removing barriers and creating opportunities. -Katrina Adams

Billie Jean King always was there for me as a role model. She always fought for equality, and that always stood out as I was coming up. -Katrina Adams

Rising inequality is not a law of nature – it's not even a law of economics. It is a consequence of political and economic arrangements, and those arrangements can be changed. -John Lanchester

Inequality in the developed world fell for most of the 20th century; we can make it fall for most of the 21st century, too. But it won't happen without sustained pressure on politicians from electorates. -John Lanchester

The closer we get to achieving equality of opportunity between the sexes, the more clearly we can see that the next major obstacle to improving the well-being of most men and women is the growing socioeconomic inequality within each sex. -Stephanie Coontz

Marriage is generally based on more equality and deeper friendship than in the past, but even so, it is hard for it to compensate for the way that work has devoured time once spent cultivating friendships. -Stephanie Coontz

Rising inequality has changed family dynamics for all socioeconomic groups. -Stephanie Coontz

Turning back the inequality revolution may be difficult. But that would certainly help more families – at almost all income levels – than turning back the gender revolution. -Stephanie Coontz

There is no denying that we have made great progress toward gender equality. -Stephanie Coontz

Feminism needs a political program because gender inequality has been fostered by political decisions. -Stephanie Coontz

Inequality was written into the creation of the American Republic when our Founding Fathers denied voting rights to women. -Stephanie Coontz

The real gender inequality in marriage stems from the tendency to regard women as the default parent, the one who, in the absence of family-friendly work policies, is expected to adjust her paid work to shoulder the brunt of domestic responsibilities. -Stephanie Coontz

I think, unfortunately, we've always lived in a world of massive inequality: inequality between the haves and the have-nots, inequality between men and women that not only exists temporally but geographically as well. -O. T. Fagbenle

I try to encourage myself to act in a way that supports gender equality, and I call that feminist. Whatever word people want to use to call that, I'm not really attached to a label. -O. T. Fagbenle

You are a much more forceful advocate against gender bias and wage inequality if you actually hire women. If you are a white man who advocates for change, then hire someone other than a white man as an example of that change. -Nina Shaw

Inequality brings a visceral reaction. We fought many years to bring others to believe in what was possible with women's soccer, in this country and globally. Now that the possible is being realized in this country, the American women should be compensated accordingly. -Julie Foudy

College was a wonderful time to really explore my interests. I ended up writing my senior thesis about gender inequality in the developing world. -Lauren Bush

The Malays are spiritually inclined, tolerant, and easy-going. The non-Malays, and especially the Chinese, are materialistic, aggressive, and have an appetite for work. For equality to come about, it is necessary that these strikingly contrasting races adjust to each other. -Mahathir Mohamad

Denying that the issue of marriage equality has changed is being on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of love and commitment. -Ana Navarro

It can't be articulated enough, that feminism means the desire to have equality between men and women. I believe that, and I act on those beliefs by going to marches and making a difference where I can. -Maya Hawke

Bumble was founded with several key values: empowerment, equality, and kindness. We are a company that was built to empower women and empower men to respect women. We want to create a place where all types of connections take place: a platform and a brand where women always make the first move. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

Bumble is about equality. We are reverse-engineering traditional societal norms. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

Never before has a major professional sports team partnered in this way with a female-driven brand like Bumble. It's an honor to partner with an organization as progressive and compassionate as the Clippers. Like us, they know generating awareness for diversity and gender equality is critical to business success. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

I'm all for the equality. -Rumer Willis

At the core of conservative social policy about race are old ideas that link racial inequality to non-traditional family formation and its attendant culture of poverty. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

While many Americans agree that 'the system is rigged' economically, few are aware of the ways in which racial inequality has been structured and embedded in our society. This is why candid, fact-based discussions about racial inequality are so desperately needed. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

I am a passionate devotee of the Howard Hawks' screwball comedies of the 1930s and the 1940s, where I think that the relations between men and women were at their civilized height in terms of banter and exchange of wit and equality. -Allison Pearson

Sharing presumes and creates equality. -Clemantine Wamariya

I want to thank the fans across the country who have supported me in this effort to fight for equality and justice. I want to thank those that have dedicated their lives to this fight, as I know that it is not easy. And I want to challenge those who stay silent to be courageous and use your platforms to become part of the solution. God Bless. -Malcolm Jenkins

You can't expect to go about change – especially change of this nature, when you talk about racial equality and justice – you can't expect to go about or engage in that without resistance, and so you're going to have some people who aren't on board. -Malcolm Jenkins

Transforming our societies and our economies is an agenda that requires the participation of all. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are key. Including and empowering women and girls to develop and implement climate solutions is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do. -Patricia Espinosa

Including women in climate policy and solutions can enhance the results, leading to more economic growth and sustainable outcomes. However, we cannot take for granted that gender equality and women's empowerment in the field of climate change and sustainable development will happen automatically. -Patricia Espinosa

I care about waking up to the true issues of the 21st century: inequality, diversity, and the impact of tech. -Zanny Minton Beddoes

The French don't think everyone should have the same bank balance, but they're offended by extremes of inequality. -Pamela Druckerman

The difference between equity and equality is that equality is everyone get the same thing and equity is everyone get the things they deserve. -DeRay Mckesson

I wouldn't say I'm against same-sex marriage. I believe in freedom and equality for all people. I believe that when it comes to gay marriage, that's a political and legal issue that has to be dealt with in that arena. I have privately held beliefs, but when it comes to that, it's properly placed in the political and legal arena. -Bernice King

Unlike some people, my father would try to meet with President-elect Trump because he recognizes that in order to move the agenda of justice, freedom, and equality forward, you can't just protest and resist. You also have to negotiate as well. -Bernice King

There is no question that we, as a country, need to deal with economic inequality across the country, and we need to make sure we have good-paying jobs for everyone. -Pramila Jayapal

For immigrant women, the very act of immigration is about opportunity, equality, and freedom. Women immigrants come to America to care for their families, escape gender-based violence, or express their sexual identity. -Pramila Jayapal

OneAmerica worked over the course of a decade to bring the movement of immigrants and communities of color together with the movement for marriage equality in Washington. -Pramila Jayapal

If we are to maintain a relevant and just industry, we must all open our eyes to the obvious lack of equality in wages, representation, and access. -Jay Duplass

At the end of the day, I think people are starting to realize that if you say you stand for equality, it has to be equality across the board. It can't just be equality for people who look like me, are my gender, think or love like me. It has to be equality for everybody. -Jason Winston George

President Clinton's support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality. Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward. -Wilson Cruz

The seeds of marriage equality… were planted on MTV. -Wilson Cruz

My mom was a teacher. In the 1960s and '70s, she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington, D.C. – McKinley Tech and H.D. Woodson. Her example taught me the importance of equality for all Americans. -Brett Kavanaugh

Going to an interracial high school shaped my understanding of social justice and racial inequality. -Ed Schultz

When I wrote 'The Assistants,' I knew very much that I wanted to write about income inequality and student loan debt and the gender wage gap, but I wanted to put it in a really slick, fun package. That book ended up being described as a socially conscious novel in chick-lit clothing. -Camille Perri

I can only speak for myself and what feminism means to me, and that is equality for every human being: equal rights, equal representation, equal pay, etc. -Madeline Brewer

I'm literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation and here to spread a message of peace, love, and positivity. -Logic

I don't care if you're Christian, you're Muslim, you're gay, you're straight – I am here to fight for your equality. Because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally, and that is why we must fight. -Logic

The battle goes on for me; as a gay man, I shall not be happy until I see equality across the board. -Rob Halford

The literature associating inequality with social instability and poor health outcomes is pretty convincing. -Jordan Peterson

There's no doubt that inequality destabilizes societies. I think the social science evidence on that front is crystal clear. -Jordan Peterson

The answer to the problem of inequality is for the people who are fortunate enough to either have been gifted or deserved more to do everything they can to make the communities around them as strong as they possibly can. -Jordan Peterson

Corruption is… the result of a decadent political regime. We are absolutely convinced that this evil is the main cause of social and economic inequality, and also that corruption is to blame for the violence in our country. -Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Feminism, to me, is nothing more and nothing less than the belief in equality for women. -Kodie Shane

I personally feel a responsibility to demonstrate to that we girls have the power to not only gain equality for women but all sectors of society. -Kodie Shane

Inequality reigns in horrifying ways, and not everyone can even read, but the world of media and advertising withholds very little from the imagination of the dispossessed. -Amitava Kumar

As long as inequality and other social problems plague us, populists will try to exploit them. -Kofi Annan

The default of our society is the reproduction of racial inequality. I mean, that's what it does; that's what it's been doing for hundreds of years. -Robin DiAngelo

The daily deluge of tales of lechery and trauma holds a hidden but crucial truism: sexual harassment routinely feeds on income inequality. After all, it's much harder to exploit an equal. -Alissa Quart

No matter how we name and dissect inequality, we must keep explaining the larger downside of such concentrated extreme wealth. -Alissa Quart

I believe the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a very large swath of the American population, really wants to imagine that race and racial inequality is something we don't have to think about anymore, don't have to worry about anymore. -Michelle Alexander

Prisoners do matter when analyzing the severity of racial inequality in the U.S. Yet because they are out of sight and out of mind, it is easy to imagine that we are making far more racial progress than we actually are. -Michelle Alexander

If you don't have money or you come from a background that doesn't have money, it's harder to achieve your ambition in life. It's not that you can't, but it becomes harder. Inequality is one of the worst things that can exist in our society, so I am interested in those kind of things. -Andrew Haigh

For those who support same-sex marriage – and I support it without reservation – the ideal of equality and the belief in the dignity of same-sex relationships necessarily makes the issue seem a great deal like the civil-rights struggles of the past. -Benjamin Wittes

To qualify the term 'boss' by adding 'girl' or 'babe' or 'honey' or 'pink' or whatever other ridiculous, antiquated-gender role assignment the media thinks is cute this month, is, at the least, disrespectful and at the worst, damaging to the way young women view themselves and our fight for equality in the business world. -Rachel Hollis

If we are Russian citizens, treat us as Russian citizens. We want equality and justice. -Ramzan Kadyrov

I was always like that, at 5 years old, just demanding equality. I thought it could all be fixed if you called attention to it. -Amy Schumer

Football, like no other sport, creates a sense of unity, equality, and inclusion. All of these are at the heart of my vision for a changing Gabon. -Ali Bongo Ondimba

No, I didn't think of myself as an idealist. I consider myself as a believer in what I regard as the Labour Party's basic principles, which have to do with equality and 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. You know, the golden rules. -Glenda Jackson

I want my daughters to live in a world where there is equality and parity of pay. -Joseph Fiennes

I feel disheartened when I see stereotypes, because it's untrue and unfair. It just raises the level of inequality. -Sonoya Mizuno

I identify as a feminist but subscribe to the pretty basic definition of a feminist as 'someone who seeks equality between the sexes.' -Lauren Mayberry

Honestly I believe that men can wear makeup, teach makeup, and vlog about it just as much as girls can, and I am fighting for that equality with my channel. -Manny MUA

Yes, I believe in equality. But I don't like the word 'feminist,' because it's such a rational belief to think that women are equal to men, and I'm a rational person. You shouldn't be labeled for being reasonable. -Michael Che

I'm an actor first and foremost. But I've also started an organization, Broadway Impact, that advocates for marriage equality. I'm an actorvist. -Rory O'Malley

We must acknowledge that issues like systemic racism, economic inequality, and the achievement gap are the result of manmade policies. -Ayanna Pressley

My equality rants have been out there so much that people must be getting sick of it, and frankly, so am I, but if a writer wants to do another story about it, then go for it, because the cause is a good one. -Lexi Alexander

If women choose guerilla style filmmaking or new media productions, etc., all power to them. But if they're there because 'Big Hollywood' won't let them in, then we're moving further and further away from equality. -Lexi Alexander

The amount of suffering I've seen is beyond belief. The amount of inequality is beyond belief. -David Hogg

Economic growth driven by large-scale infrastructure investments without equitable provision of education will leave hundreds of millions of people behind, exacerbating inequality, disillusion, and instability. -Julia Gillard

The principles of fairness and equality for working men and women are deeply interwoven within the fabric of our nation's history. -Bob Menendez

There are serious issues of inequality and injustice in this country… I stand with those opposing such bigotry. -Stan Van Gundy

Imagine a world, if you will, where crime does not exist. A startling proposition that seems outlandish, but our imaginations, of course, need not be bounded by the rules and restrictions imposed by realism. It would be a world, one might suppose, where equality reigned, where the thought of violence was so alien that it need not be practiced. -Sarah Weinman

The Ledbetter Act is aimed at equality. But individuals are not equal. We all have different talents, resources, interests, abilities, educations, and backgrounds. -Kane

In the world we live in, where we say we need equality, we don't think highly of ourselves. We don't give much importance to ourselves. We are cheerleaders of equality, but how much do we believe in it? Because if you do, then you will be the voice of change. -Kubra Sait

I believe equality in a relationship is very important, and for that, both partners should be equally capable to handle anything. -Kriti Kharbanda

Piaget is correct in assuming a culturally universal age development of a sense of justice, involving progressive concern for the needs and feelings of others and elaborated conceptions of reciprocity and equality. -Lawrence Kohlberg

Is word, sound, and powa dat break down de barriers of oppression an drive away transgression an rule equality. -Peter Tosh

Sorry, equality is a myth. Women aren't as strong as men – they can't even hold their booze as well as men. -Gavin McInnes

I will stand for equality, and that doesn't mean giving me reservation. I would like to fight for it; just give me a fair chance. That's what being a feminist is. -Taapsee Pannu

Racism is a problem, economic inequality is a problem, not enough rock n' roll on the radio is a problem. But all those problems will become insignificant when the oceans rise in a way that threatens organised human activity. -Tom Morello

There has been inequality for so long, and now that someone like Trump is in charge, we're face to face with how much misogyny there is in the world. But things are moving quickly, and you just want to say, 'Let's think about this, because we don't want to jeopardise real change.' -Ruth Wilson

Poverty must be eradicated, the resources of our planet used sustainably, human rights respected, equality between men and women strengthened, HIV/AIDS and other diseases prevented, terrorism stopped, and disarmament and non-proliferation secured. -Goran Persson

It's OK not to understand the whole trans thing. That's alright. My dad didn't understand it. I still don't know everything. What's important is you sort of educate yourself on your own time, but you have to respect it on everyone else's time. Because no one should have to wait for equality. -Nicole Maines

I felt I could still make a contribution with ideas. I didn't know how, and it has taken me some time to work that out. There were things that mattered to me about the future of the country: inequality, what the post-financial crisis settlement would be. I still felt strongly about all that. -Ed Miliband

What I worry about is, if you are on the side of feeling it's disrespectful to kneel during the anthem, that somehow you're racist, or somehow you're not in favor of bettering this country and finding equality and common ground. -Abby Huntsman

My life won't have full quality until we achieve equality for all. -Sandi Toksvig

The fact is, there is not now, nor has there ever been in the whole of history, a single country in the world where women have equality with men. -Sandi Toksvig

It saddens me that African Americans – when they express their pain, when they protest about police violence, when they question inequality, when they raise issues of bondage and discrimination – African Americans are seen as not patriotic. -Bryan Stevenson

I can't identify a race of people in this country who are more committed to the health of this country, who believe more in the Constitution, who believe more in equality and liberation and fairness to everyone else than black people. -Bryan Stevenson

We're all burdened by our history of racial inequality. It's created a kind of smog that we all breathe in, and it has prevented us from being healthy. -Bryan Stevenson

If we had done the work that we should have done in the 20th century to combat our history of racial inequality, no one could win national office after demonizing people because they're Mexican or Muslim. We would be in a place where we would find that unacceptable. -Bryan Stevenson

We've done a very poor job at really reflecting on our legacy of racial inequality… You see it in the South, but it's everywhere. -Bryan Stevenson

Imagine a progressive president fighting to fix the insane economic inequality in the country or to end the senseless drug war or, best of all, battling to get money out of politics. Wouldn't that be wonderful? -Cenk Uygur

What is the upside of inequality? I would say that it's a deep pool of properly trained, highly motivated talent that is endeavoring to create innovation that grows our knowledge-based economy. -Edward Conard

We're all fighting for the same thin,g and I hope that the fight for equality, the fight to help people get over their anxiety or depression, whatever thing they're going through, I hope that we can all come together more as a community. -Amber Liu

I'm all for equality. -Amber Liu

Everyone who knows me knows my respect for women: equality and respect. -Emre Can

We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. -Brian Krzanich

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