Best Quotes About Gender

It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion. -Albert Einstein

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. -Cyril Connolly

But let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You're looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues. -George H. W. Bush

Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented. -Donald Rumsfeld

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. -Maya Angelou

Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders. -Virginia Woolf

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient. -Roland Barthes

There are not as many women who support the national defense budget now as men. I really think there is a gender gap in the support for the large expenditures that are necessary to modernize the force. -Ted Stevens

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. -Menander

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

I just wish that every responsible and concerned person would step back regardless of race and gender and just take a closer look at what's really going on in the world today, and say enough is enough! -Lonnie Earl Johnson

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original. -Judith Butler

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

My own personal, moral, spiritual, religious, etc. beliefs don't oppose same-gender marriage. -Ed Case

I believe that the fact and the reality of homosexuality and heterosexuality and of opposite and same-gender unions should be taught in our public schools without a value judgement system also being offered. -Ed Case

What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire – the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery. -Ellen Ochoa

There isn't a theologian in the world who can argue with me on this. God has no gender. If that's the case, then everything needs to be rewritten now, right now. -Susan Powter

Do not ghettoize society by putting people into legal categories of gender, race, ethnicity, language, or other such characteristics. -Preston Manning

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture. -Charlotte Bunch

Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny. -William Godwin

There are still traces of discrimination against race and gender, but it's a lot different than when I started out. It just comes quietly, slowly, sometimes so quietly that you don't realize it until you start looking back. -Eddie Bernice Johnson

I don't think gender is aesthetically defining for me. -Suzanne Vega

I appreciate the sentiment that I am a popular woman in computer gaming circles; but I prefer being thought of as a computer game designer rather than a woman computer game designer. I don't put myself into gender mode when designing a game. -Roberta Williams

My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided. -Edward Tufte

The pandemic of AIDS is a gender-based disease. -Stephen Lewis

We have to have a way of dealing with this that engenders confidence, trust, gives us every chance of getting the right outcome and boosts both sustainability and economic return at the same time. -John Anderson

Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances. -Christopher Dodd

I think we're struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles. -Fred Ward

I don't want to sound pompous, but I really think your gender doesn't necessarily dominate your sexual activity. -John Lone

I see the effects of sexual and gender liberation all around me, just like you do, but I don't have a sense of being in the majority. -Susie Bright

American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything. -Carrie Underwood

You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people. -Judith Light

If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. -Kathryn Bigelow

I always enjoyed doing transgender songs. -Patti Smith

All the English speakers, or almost all, have difficulties with the gender of words. -Bernard Pivot

I'm not convinced that what are traditionally considered to be male energies or qualities or female energies or qualities really have as much to do with gender as many people think they do. -Andrew Cohen

I'm suspicious of any man or woman who approaches their own liberation with any kind of gender bias. -Andrew Cohen

Most men are very attached to the idea of being male, and usually experience a lot of fear and insecurity around the idea of being a man. Most women are very identified with their gender, and also experience a tremendous amount of fear and insecurity. -Andrew Cohen

Our true nature is free of any and all notions of gender, of any notions of difference whatsoever. -Andrew Cohen

We have been very conditioned by the cultures that we come from and are usually very identified with the particular gender that we happen to be a member of. -Andrew Cohen

When a human being becomes so still that they begin to lose awareness of their gender, and they are simply looking into that abyss where there is no notion of self whatsoever, the world disappears. And that's really the only place to go. It's the only place to remain. -Andrew Cohen

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence. -Jim Harrison

There are a lot of people who like to think they don't have prejudices and that they're open people, and yet, we all have that in ourselves, oftentimes against people of our own race or our own gender or whatever. -Jim McKay

I'm the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. So I'm a victim again. A result. -James Hillman

Whatever the opposite of regret is best describes how I've always felt about that decision – it opened me up to a million creative opportunities I needed to experience away from the bull and distorting mirrors that fame engenders. -David Knopfler

The more chaos there is, the more science holds on to abstract systems of control, and the more chaos is engendered. -William Irwin Thompson

Nature engenders the science of painting. -Robert Delaunay

It's definitely part of it, that the men were having fun and doing the interesting things but also, I don't know, I'm just thinking more about gender and how maybe in some way I am more of a boy than a girl. -Alison Bechdel

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project. -Alison Bechdel

Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins. -Diane Wakoski

Also, I had read a book called She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, written by a professor who had gone through transgender surgery, but it took this person well into his thirties to come to terms with the absolute necessity of having to do it. -Mercedes Ruehl

I learned a lot more about transgender people. It's not a choice, but a physiological condition that has to do with the size of the hypothalamus part of the brain. -Mercedes Ruehl

Nature chooses who will be transgender; individuals don't choose this. -Mercedes Ruehl

Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don't think that gender applies to them: that it's a subject for girls. -Louise Brown

When the Nobel award came my way, it also gave me an opportunity to do something immediate and practical about my old obsessions, including literacy, basic health care and gender equity, aimed specifically at India and Bangladesh. -Amartya Sen

We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother. -Maya Lin

Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one. -Robert Brady

I didn't want to be discriminated against because of my gender and status. I promised myself I was never going to be treated as a second-class citizen. -Bianca Jagger

At the beginning of each year, we have conceptual meetings. How are we going to challenge ourselves this year? So we suggested a transsexual or transgender. And to be honest, I am shocked they let us do it. -Jai Rodriguez

With the adoption of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the international community sent out a clear message that gender based violence will not be tolerated. -Jenny Shipley

Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within. -Sandra Cisneros

But the issue of sexual harassment is not the end of it. There are other issues – political issues, gender issues – that people need to be educated about. -Anita Hill

If you think about the way the hearings were structured, the hearings were really about Thomas' race and my gender. -Anita Hill

We must focus on people as people, regardless of race, creed, color or gender. -Judge Mills Lane

That one can love another of the same gender, that is what the homophobe really cannot stand. -Stephen Fry

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody. -Billie Jean King

I do think the attempt to raise consciousness has succeeded. People are very aware of gender concerns now. -Clifford Geertz

Allow the diversity to exist. There is nothing wrong with it. Hell, we put up with the religious right-we can put up with transgendered human beings. -Jessica Lange

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

The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender. -Sandra Day O'Connor

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

As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag. -Patti Smith

There are brilliant out lesbians and gay men and bisexuals and transgendered people and heterosexuals keeping the fire of change alive. Not a day goes by when I don't feel grateful to them for their work. -Jasmine Guy

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

I don't think anyone should pick a candidate for any office based solely on gender. That would be, I believe, a mistake. -Jim Nussle

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it. -Thomas Sowell

Ah, well, do I wish that we lived in a world where gender didn't figure so prominently? Of course. Do I even think about myself as a woman when I go to make art? Of course not. -Judy Chicago

Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy. -Tertullian

Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside. -Dorothy Allison

If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine. -William H. Gass

Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society. -Marian Wright Edelman

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers. -Dave Barry

Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire. -Edna O'Brien

We have a history of gender and racial bias on our court that continues to undermine the system. Excluding individuals based on race is antagonistic to the pursuit of justice. -Anita Hill

Hopefully, 21 years later, Judge Roberts possesses an openness with respect to issues of gender-based wage discrimination. -Olympia Snowe

You think intercourse is a private act; it's not, it's a social act. Men are sexually predatory in life; and women are sexually manipulative. When two individuals come together and leave their gender outside the bedroom door, then they make love. -Andrea Dworkin

What's great is that because math is such a universal language, really, our fans come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and genders and races and backgrounds and cultures. -David Krumholtz

Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. -Sonia Sotomayor

I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences. -Sonia Sotomayor

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

So the tough questions that have been asked of Sarah Palin thus far just have been about the fact that she doesn't know anything and isn't ready to be vice president. That's fair game and it has nothing to do with her gender. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Even though I don't agree with either Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann on virtually anything, I do think the unique scrutiny – because of their gender and highlighting the potential conflict between them is a product of the media's desire for juicy storylines. I think it's inappropriate. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out. -Barack Obama

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

I think specifically because of the character that I played, people are very connected to her. I used to get letters from young gay and lesbian and trans-gendered kids saying, 'I didn't kill myself because of Buffy'. -Amber Benson

If you fall in love with someone gay and you're the opposite gender, it's not going to work. -Rosie O'Donnell

One of the hardest questions I have been asked is 'How will you manage the army if you are having menstrual cramps?' I have also been asked if I will have the courage to face criminals. My answer is that courage is not a matter of gender. -Josefina Vazquez Mota

Love is pure and true; love knows no gender. -Tori Spelling

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 am a huge fan of the transgender community. -Kesha

Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court. -Sheryl Swoopes

Sometimes it's not even a role that's specifically written for a woman. It could be a role written for a white man or Asian man, or Latino. If it's something that I feel I could do well, I go after it. Especially if it's nothing that has to be gender or race specific, I'm all over it. -Gabrielle Union

I don't think people should have boundaries put on them, by themselves or society or another gender, because it's our birthright to experience life in whatever way we feel best suits us. -Hilary Swank

We all have a cross-gender character: Every woman has a man that they can play, and every man has a woman that they can play. -Gael Garcia Bernal

I confused gender identity with sexual orientation. Your gender identity is about who you are, how you feel, the sex that you feel yourself to be. Sexual orientation is who you're attracted to. -Chaz Bono

For me, it was never a question of whether or not I was transgender. It was a question of what I'd be able to handle transitioning and having to do it in the public eye. One of the issues that was hard for me to overcome was the fear of that. -Chaz Bono

As you get older it's more confusing. Suddenly, there's more pressure to fit in to your assigned gender. -Chaz Bono

I thought, transgender people are much worse off than I am. That's why they're willing to risk everything to be who they are. But the older I got, the harder it got to stay in my body. -Chaz Bono

There's a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they're mismatched. That's all it is. It's not complicated, it's not a neurosis. It's a mix-up. It's a birth defect, like a cleft palate. -Chaz Bono

When I realised I was transgender I was so afraid of what my transition would do to everyone else in my life and how they would react to it and would I be rejected? -Chaz Bono

A lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again; that's not the case in my family. -Chaz Bono

Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But I'm an activist – that's just the kind of person I am. -Chaz Bono

A lot of kids are bullied because of their sexual identity or expression. It's often the effeminate boys and the masculine girls, the ones who violate gender norms and expectations, who get bullied. -Dan Savage

The '90s were extremely diverse, almost like a laboratory of the new century. There was much experimenting around, in politics, economics, gender and family structures, and also in fashion. There was a cloud of possibilities which kept us all dizzy. -Jil Sander

I don't care what gender someone is, or what race they are. Those things don't matter to me. -Louie Gohmert

I have no problem with it. I don't look on homosexuality as an aberration. It's just they way they're born, and how could any relationship between two people in a committed relationship be wrong, regardless of gender? -Andrea Thompson

I have an immigrant story. Most people come here for economic reasons, or religious reasons, or racial reasons, or gender reasons, or one of those things. I had a good job in Paris, but America was, and still is, the golden fleece. And I've done very well! -Jacques Pepin

When I hear Obama speak he just seems really sincere and he just seems like somebody who actually has his heart and his motivation in the right place. Forget about color or race or gender or whatever, he's got his heart in the right place. -Adam Yauch

People who don't have gender dysphoria aren't going to catch it by watching me dance on television. -Chaz Bono

There are different chemistries you can have in different bands, and part of that's caused by the gender. -Susanna Hoffs

School is very conformist, and one of the very first conforming that goes on in preschool and kindergarten is gender. -Dan Savage

President Obama's version of America is a divided one – pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that. -Mia Love

Violence against women in this country is not levied against just Democrats, but Republicans as well… not just rich people or poor people. It knows no gender, it knows no ethnicity, it knows nothing. -Gwen Moore

The reality is is that Congress is a very male-gendered oriented institution. Out of the, you know, more than 10,000 people who've ever been elected to Congress, you know, only about 250 of them have ever been women. -Gwen Moore

I basically get stereotyped a lot in terms of being a girl and writing 'chick' music for teenage girls or something. I think, if anything, the press kind of, because of my gender and my age, tends to kind of relegate my work to this sort of special-interest group. It's part of the cultural dynamic, I guess. -Ani DiFranco

American movies are often very good at mining those great underlying myths that make films robustly travel across class, age, gender, culture. -Tom Hooper

My hope is that I will take the good from my experiences and extrapolate them further into areas with which I am unfamiliar. I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging. But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage. -Sonia Sotomayor

If someone believes they are limited by their gender, race or background, they will become more limited. -Carly Fiorina

I love technology, and I don't think it's something that should divide along gender lines. -Marissa Mayer

If you can find something that you're really passionate about, whether you're a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force. -Marissa Mayer

Study after study confirms that even when you control for variables like profession, education, hours worked, age, marital status, and children, men still are compensated substantially more – even in professions, like nursing, dominated by women. No wonder there's a gender gap. -Dee Dee Myers

As long as the G.O.P., led by its increasingly visible women, continues to insist that the problem is not their policies but women's failure to understand their own lives and interests, the gender gap won't go away. -Dee Dee Myers

Given that sexual orientation is innate and that we are all, in theological terms, children of God, to deny access to some sacraments based on sexuality is as wrong as denying access to some sacraments based on race or gender. -Jon Meacham

The issue of gender was never my biggest concern; my biggest concern was doing good work. When the feminist movement really got going, I wasn't an active part of it because I was more concerned with my own mental pursuits. -Patti Smith

I never felt oppressed because of my gender. When I'm writing a poem or drawing, I'm not a female; I'm an artist. -Patti Smith

I've raised my girls in a sort of genderless fashion. I mean, I'll take them to get their nails done – I actually love doing that – but I also play ball with them. As a result, my girls are tough and athletic and game for everything. -Harry Connick, Jr.

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

If a person is homosexual by nature – that is, if one's sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one's identity as gender or skin color – then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow. -Jon Meacham

You just wish sometimes that people would treat you like a human being rather than seeing your gender first and who you are second. -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 say the law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society's care. -Camille Paglia

For me, Barack Obama's election was a milestone of the most extraordinary kind. On the day he was elected I felt such hope in my heart. I thought we were seeing the beginning of a new era of equal opportunity across race and gender such as America had never known before. -Jesse Jackson

It's difficult to write a book where a character is on virtually every page of the book but you cannot refer to his or her gender. It gets rid of every his, her, she and he. -William Least Heat-Moon

What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens – whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender. -Chinua Achebe

I'm not one that believes that affirmative action should be based on one's skin color or one's gender, I think it should be done based on one's need, because I think if you are from a poor white community, I think that poor white kid needs a scholarship just as badly as a poor black kid. -J. C. Watts

Acting engenders and harbours qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence. -Carrie Fisher

I love to be individual, to step beyond gender. -Annie Lennox

There are things that directors know about me that people shouldn't know. But everyone's really different. I've worked with women who I've never wanted to tell anything about myself to, and I've worked with guys who have been pouring wells of emotion. So emotional availability is not a gender-specific thing. -Kristen Stewart

I've worked with women who I've never wanted to tell anything about myself to, and I've worked with guys who have been pouring wells of emotion. So emotional availability is not a gender-specific thing. -Kristen Stewart

I believe all men, all women, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background, you deserve the same rights. -Sophia Bush

I find the question of whether gender differences are biologically determined or socially constructed to be deeply disturbing. -Carol Gilligan

I do think that same gender partners should be able to be married. Why not? If you share a life together than who in the world should have anything to say about it? -Eartha Kitt

The Labour party has done more than any other to address gender inequalities, through legislation and other means, and to increase women's representation in politics, which has led to recent increases in the number of female politicians. -Lucy Powell

I am still bowled over by this great young adult novel by David Levithan called 'Every Day,' which is about a character with no gender or body who wakes up every day in the body of a different person. It's a really impressive execution of a really great premise. -John Green

I'm known for being annoyingly gender-focused. It's always been my platform. -Liz Phair

I'm not limited by my gender, and I don't think anyone else should be either. Because I am the age I am and I sort of rode the crest of the first profound post-suffragette feminists, I wasn't fighting to burn my bra. Those women fought that fight just seconds before I came into womanhood. -Ellen Barkin

There are many different rivers that lead into despair: there's poverty; there's political repression; there's gender apartheid – there's a sense of culture loss; there's religious fanaticism. -Lawrence Wright

Your race and gender don't change, but you can choose to change your political affiliation at will. -John Podhoretz

Religiosity turns out to be the best indicator of civic involvement: it's more accurate than education, age, income, gender or race. -Jonathan Sacks

I am not sure gender ever won't be an issue in comedy, because I think that women do have different priorities in some respects. -Jenny Eclair

Bones tell me the story of a person's life – how old they were, what their gender was, their ancestral background. -Kathy Reichs

I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. -Ezra Miller

I guess professionally I've left my gender open to artistic interpretation. -Andreja Pejic

As a kid, you get to the stage where you realise the gender barriers that exist in society and what you're supposed to do and not supposed to do. -Andreja Pejic

There's the same percentage of genius happening in both genders, but there's less women writing scripts and out there looking for the job. -Dan Harmon

I think feminism's a bit misinterpreted. It was about casting off all gender roles. There's nothing wrong with a man holding a door open for a girl. But we sort of threw away all the rules, so everybody's confused. And dating becomes a sloppy, uncomfortable, unpleasant thing. -Zosia Mamet

What I do know is that traditional gender roles are very real and flipping the norm is difficult for even the strongest, funniest, smartest men. -Patti Stanger

I'll say this, and this has nothing to do with gender or sexuality: You do not want to get licked in the face repeatedly by another human being. You just don't. It's not pleasant. -Josh Radnor

Studies have been done showing that there really are gender differences, that women do bring more congeniality and compromise to the table. -Kitty Kelley

Getting hit on by both genders is such a champagne problem. -Naya Rivera

'Rhye' clearly plays with notions of sexual identity, and it has made a concerted effort to keep its own identity mysterious. Its love songs are gender-neutral, the members have declined to appear in their own videos, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a photo of the duo that doesn't cast them in shadows. -Will Hermes

When it comes to dividing Americans on the basis of their gender, I know a little something about the subject. -Kay Bailey Hutchison

In any situation that calls for you to persuade, convince or manage someone or a group of people to do something, the ability to tell a purposeful story will be your secret sauce. Telling to win through purposeful stories is situation, industry, gender, demographic, and psychographic-agnostic. It's an all-purpose, everyone wins tool. -Peter Guber

I don't think about the gender of my readers or about reader expectations. I'm frankly scared to. I figured out a long time ago that if I tried to guess the audience, it would be like me trying to guess which stocks to buy. -Robert Crais

You know, the genders are different in how they approach things, and so I really think that women put a lot more guilt on themselves than need be. -Jane Curtin

I mean, I absolutely call myself a feminist. And by that, I mean a woman who believes that your opportunities should not be constrained by your gender, that women should be entitled to the same opportunities as men. -Ayelet Waldman

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

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

First there's my role just as an executive being responsible for advertising, regardless of gender. I think that's a position that I take seriously. That's the first role. But I think for my role as a woman at Google, you try to set a good example and be a role model for the other women in the organization. -Susan Wojcicki

What's important is that I do my job really well, that I build great products and that I'm a great leader. All those things matter independent of gender. But I do think there's a responsibility for me to support other women at Google. -Susan Wojcicki

At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business. -Susan Wojcicki

I don't think about the gender thing very much. But when I speak at schools, I've had female students say to me afterwards, "I never envisioned myself being a director, since I've never seen women do it." But after seeing me, they can picture themselves directing, so maybe we'll see more female directors. -Jennifer Yuh Nelson

There aren't a lot of female story artists, and it's baffling to me. There are a lot of kids in school that are female and I wonder, 'Where did they all go?' People have brought it up, asking me, 'What did you do?' I don't really know. I puttered along, did my thing and gender has really never been an issue. -Jennifer Yuh Nelson

I kind of cheer the presence of any gay characters at all – I think the more we can saturate television with any gay character or lesbian character or transgender character, I think that's a really great thing. We're kind of getting past the fact that they're the punchline or that they're the novelty. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

I asked all of our recruiters to give me all resumes of prospective employees with their name, gender, place of origin, and age blacked out. This simple change shocked me, because I found myself interviewing different-looking candidates – even though I was 100% convinced that I was not being biased in my resume selection process. -Eric Ries

We live in a world where there are a hell of a lot of new inputs that need to be factored in to your business. It used to be just about your employees and your customers. Now there are all the issues about global warming, about sustainability, about ethics and now about gender and the distribution of wealth. -Stuart Rose

I think the Cowboys are one of only two teams in all of sports that engender love and hate to that extreme. The other is the Yankees. You love the Yankees or you hate the Yankees. -Al Michaels

'Man up' is a sexist term that should be retired along with all the other gender-based imperious imperatives. -Christine Pelosi

I've always said about awards that they're meaningless until you win one, and then they're best thing in the world. The other thing about awards is that they engender respect from areas where it might never have come from without it. -Jacki Weaver

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

It's tragic that you can define a whole movement in music by gender alone. People are like, 'Oh, look, another quirky girl.' -Paloma Faith

'Breaking Away' was a great experience. It's the kind of movie that engenders a lot of goodwill from people. -Dennis Christopher

When you write, you are not either sex. But when you're read you are definitely gendered. -Hilary Mantel

Perhaps it is time to debate culture. The common story is that in 'real' African culture, before it was tainted by the West, gender roles were rigid and women were contentedly oppressed. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Regarding race or gender or sexuality, one of the great things about art and music is that they can provide people with very little else in common with a similar entry point for discussion, but the discussions still need to happen for life to get more interesting. -Tunde Adebimpe

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

The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. -Ronnie Musgrove

As a writer and as a reader, I really believe in the power of narrative to allow us ways to experience life beyond our own, ways to reflect on things that have happened to us and a chance to engage with the world in ways that transcend time and gender and all sorts of things. -Kim Edwards

In a war, no matter the outcome of a certain skirmish or battle, the winner is the party whose attitudes, behaviors and preoccupations come to dominate the postwar landscape. By this measure, the outcome of the gender wars, if wars they were, is clear: women won. -Marcus Buckingham

Regardless of the gender of the highest wage earner, the balance of power in the relationship will suffer if the higher earner uses control of the purse strings as a system of reward and punishment. It will also suffer if the lower earner takes a chippy, haughty attitude to spending money they haven't actually generated themselves. -Marian Keyes

To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one's faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction. -Randa Abdel-Fattah

As I started to pursue the subject more deeply I realized that walking was this wonderful meandering path through everything I was already interested in – gender politics, public space and urban life, demonstrations and parades and marches. The relationship between walking and thinking and between the mind and the body. -Rebecca Solnit

Hillary Clinton almost got to be president. The reasons why she didn't become president had to do with bad judgments about how to handle the early caucus states, which is not a gender-specific trait. -Gail Collins

Sarah Palin is an heir to the women's movement. She has not been constrained by gender. At no point in her life has she thought, 'I can't do that because I'm a woman.' -Gail Collins

The history of American women is about the fight for freedom, but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's role that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders. -Gail Collins

I've never isolated role models based on gender. I have more male role models due to the mere fact that I've done business with more of them and they're leaders within the verticals I work. Of those, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, is an entrepreneur and personal friend that I have a great deal of respect for. -Amy Jo Martin

I believe writers need to be chameleons, or like Meryl Streep, who can play all sorts of characters. A good writer should be able to cross gender lines and people of all social classes. So for me, writing from a male point of view would be a great challenge, that I would look forward to taking on. -Marisha Pessl

Lots of my writing can be accurately called lesbian, but I myself am queer and date people of all genders. -Michelle Tea

What fiction offers us is an intimacy shorn of the messy contingencies of human existence – gender, race, class or age. Those moments of transcendence when we exclaim 'You know exactly what I mean!' depend for much of their force on the anonymous character of the intimacy between writer and reader. -Will Self

I have a big passion about civil rights for everyone – whoever is being downtrodden at the moment, it doesn't matter: racial discrimination or sexual orientation or gender. Whatever it is, I'm there. I think I was a born civil rights activist. I can't stand the smashing of a community. It's not fair and it's not right. -Pauley Perrette

I have been studying women's political behavior since the early 1970s and first identified the gender gap in 1980 with the help of legendary pollster Louis Harris. -Eleanor Smeal

Hedi was and is still misspelled 'Heidi,' and my perception of genders ended up slightly out of focus from an early age. -Hedi Slimane

The soul has no gender. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I don't like to define my music. To me, music is pure emotion. It's language that can communicate certain emotions and the rhythms cuts across genders, cultures and nationalities. All you need to do is close your eyes and feel those emotions. -Yanni

There is no gender to my music. There's no male or female voice, no trite lyrics or poetry. It's much more abstract, so it lives with you longer. -Yanni

Growing up in a Jewish matriarchal world inside the patriarchal paradise of Salt Lake City, Utah, gave me increased perspective on gender issues, as it also did my gay brother and my lesbian sister. Our younger sister is the perfect Jewish-American wife and mother, and is fiercely proud of that fact. -Roseanne Barr

The whole idea that someone should not be able to marry who they love based on their gender and their preference is ridiculous. -Jane Wiedlin

'Spice Girls' is about unifying the world – every age, every gender, everyone. It's woman power, it's an essence, a tribe. -Geri Halliwell

The way I look at it is, cancer research is absolutely nonpartisan. Cancer is very democratic in the sense that it attacks people regardless of their race, their gender, their national background, or their political persuasions. -David H. Koch

By all measures men are the more violent gender. -Steven Pinker

Any smart executive understands that to find the best talent she has to explore new territory that lies beyond familiar geography. That applies not only to gender, but also to race, religion, background and age. -Madeleine M. Kunin

The result of the collaborative culture is that corporations or government institutions focus intensely on internal culture and pour their energy into achieving minuscule policy changes relating to workplace efficiency, gender or race. -Amity Shlaes

God is the biggest storyteller, and when we create stories, we connect with him and with each other across cultural, religious and gender boundaries. -Elif Safak

It's in everyone's best interest to help close the gender gap in the sciences. -Sarah Brightman

I say, 'I'm bi, my love knows no gender,' and the straight community says, 'Oh right, that's just a cover-up – you're gay!' And the gay community says, 'Yeah right, that's just a cover-up – you're gay.' They both want to push me gay. -Andy Dick

People have evolved into something selfish, greedy and intolerant. People are unaccepting, because of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation… I've seen it in punk clubs, and I've seen it in the world. -Gerard Way

Success on the front of women's rights will look like a world not only with obvious advances – where no girl is denied access to education, for instance – but also one with more subtle changes in how we regard gender and gender stereotypes. -Adora Svitak

I think the advice, regardless of gender, is always be open to conversations with people who do things differently than you do. If you're starting to work in tech, talk to the artists, talk to the lawyers, talk to the people who are interested in other things. -Beth Simone Noveck

Starting early and getting girls on computers, tinkering and playing with technology, games and new tools, is extremely important for bridging the gender divide that exists now in computer science and in technology. -Beth Simone Noveck

My gender has never been an issue or a limitation. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by strong women growing up, and with them as my role models, I was never limited by the traditional roles women find themselves in. -Brenda Brathwaite

I don't hold myself out as a role model. I don't believe that everyone should make the same choices; that everyone has to want to be a CEO, or everyone should want to be a work-at-home mother. I want everyone to be able to choose. But I want us to be able to choose unencumbered by gender choosing for us. -Sheryl Sandberg

I think it is too hard for men to talk about gender. We have to let men talk about this… because we need men to talk about this if it is ever going to change. -Sheryl Sandberg

I'm not telling women to be like men. I'm telling us to evaluate what men and women do in the workforce and at home without the gender bias. -Sheryl Sandberg

There are estimates that 2 to 3 percent of cancers in the U.S. each year are engendered by exposure to repetitive imaging. -Eric Topol

I have lectured at the U.N. and travelled widely, giving lectures on human rights and gender inequalities in universities. But this is a life I do not wish to live. I don't want to be a showcase, I want to be in a battlefield where I can stand beside the oppressed and the poor. -Taslima Nasrin

I want parents out there to know that it's totally natural for kids to make believe and play games. It does not mean your child is going to be transgendered. And even if it were true, why is it such a horrible thing? -Alexis Arquette

It's very important to me that people accept me as a transgendered female. But it's ridiculous to a lot of people and I understand that. -Alexis Arquette

Yes, I am transgendered but I also am a cross-dresser – I dress as a woman. It's not that I just want to be seen as a female in our society, I'm also a drag queen and a performer – there are many levels there. -Alexis Arquette

Creating whole departments of ethnic, gender, and other 'studies' was part of the price of academic peace. All too often, these 'studies' are about propaganda rather than serious education. -Thomas Sowell

Few professors would dare to publish research or teach a course debunking the claims made in various ethnic, gender, or other 'studies' courses. -Thomas Sowell

In the first couple of years when you're transitioning you don't really fit into any gender, because you're changing over. You have to start getting electrolysis before you even start your therapy. But I think all the weird looks help to give you conviction in who you really are. -Candis Cayne

I consider myself true, which, I know, some people look at as radical, but I enjoy the normalcies of life. I'm not out there trying to transform things, but somehow, by being easy to talk to, and easy to look at, and on a mainstream TV show, I think that I'm helping the public's opinions about transgendered people to change, slowly. -Candis Cayne

I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality – period. -Mel Gibson

Neither gender is routinely more jealous – although women are more willing to work to win back a lover, while men tend to flaunt their money and status and are more likely to walk out to protect their self-esteem or save face. -Helen Fisher

We are neurologically hardwired to seek out people like ourselves. We start forming cliques as soon as we're old enough to know what acceptance feels like. We bond together based on anything that we can – music preference, race, gender, the block that we grew up on. -iO Tillett Wright

Calling gender violence a women's issue is part of the problem. It gives a lot of men an excuse not to pay attention. -Jackson Katz

Typical news accounts and commentaries about school shootings and rampage killings rarely mention gender. -Jackson Katz

Men are every bit as gendered as women. -Jackson Katz

When migraines briefly became a campaign issue for me, it appeared that political foes were maybe playing the gender card. -Michele Bachmann

There is definitely a way in which women are raised to be less proactive, less business-oriented, and less willing to jump into creative no man's land. I think media has more of an influence on how we perceive gender identity than anything else. -Felicia Day

I was more comfortable with guys growing up, but now I find myself more comfortable in my own skin and open to people, regardless of their gender or popularity or any other label, as a result. -Gillian Zinser

I can't really speak to the other parts of the economy, but what I think is very true of the tech world is that it's easy for talented people – whatever their gender, age, or race – to rise up and succeed. -Joy Covey

American Muslims – young American Muslims in particular – are starting to understand that unless they are willing to stand up for all the other oppressed communities in this country, including those discriminated against for their gender or sexuality, then no one will stand up for them. -Reza Aslan

I don't believe in categorising a gender, as it makes for discord. People always say, 'That's what men are like' or, 'That's what women do'; I don't really feel that at all. I think that's because I have two fathers, three brothers, a husband and two sons. I'm surrounded by maleness, and I couldn't possibly summarise them into a type. -Natascha McElhone

I'd love for there to be a situation – a world in which that's just not even a question anymore. We are all filmmakers – different stripes, genders, sexual orientations, colors – and our work can be taken on its own terms. I'm really looking forward to that day. -Lynn Shelton

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens are bullied and ostracized in epidemic proportions. It's disgusting, and it must change. -Monica Raymund

My roles in the '80s were, like, gender dysphoric. I wasn't pretty, I wasn't this, I wasn't that. And I am kind of butchy, you know. That's just my thing. -Pamela Adlon

I have always been interested in gender politics, so I'm not that keen on doing things that don't represent a truth about women. -Romola Garai

So much has happened to obscure the dialogue about race and about gender and discrimination in general, especially where those things touch on economics. -Tracy Chapman

Everyone in the world should have a trench coat, and there should be a trench coat for everyone in the world. It does not matter your age; it doesn't matter your gender. -Angela Ahrendts

I am not in favour of quotas. Just put the best person into the job. It is not about gender; it is about experience, leadership and vision. -Angela Ahrendts

For me, a director is a director immaterial of the gender. At the end of the day, the audience is only interested in watching a good film. -Boman Irani

Almost everything about American society is affected by World War II: our feelings about race; our feelings about gender and the empowerment of women, moving women into the workplace; our feelings about our role in the world. All of that comes in a very direct way out of World War II. -Rick Atkinson

It'd be very difficult to cast me as a ballet dancer. Everybody is, in some sense, controlled by their size and their gender. I'm not going to be allowed to play the part that Denzel Washington plays. -Brian Dennehy

I will do comedy until the day I die: inappropriate comedy, funny comedy, gender-bending, twisting comedy, whatever comedy is out there. -Sandra Bullock

My experiences with gender bias are probably the norm. What I found was that expectations of women were simply lower, and this resulted in being overlooked for certain opportunities. -Heather Bresch

There's no one right way to parent, and there's no magic combination of genders that produces the most well-adjusted child. We all do the best we can at loving our kids and building our families. -Jessica Valenti

Dismissing socialization and gender roles as piddling compared to this amorphous idea of 'maternal imperative' is part of the reason progress is stalled for family-friendly policies. -Jessica Valenti

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

We act as if that being of a man or that being of a woman is actually an internal reality or something that is simply true about us, a fact about us, but actually it's a phenomenon that is being produced all the time and reproduced all the time, so to say gender is performative is to say that nobody really is a gender from the start. -Judith Butler

It's my view that gender is culturally formed, but it's also a domain of agency or freedom and that it is most important to resist the violence that is imposed by ideal gender norms, especially against those who are gender different, who are nonconforming in their gender presentation. -Judith Butler

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

My father always defined my gender to my brothers. He'd say, 'This is your sister; you must take care of her.' -Sandra Cisneros

When I was born, there was a very isolated idea of what it meant to be a man or a woman, and you belonged to one gender or the other. -Javier Bardem

Race and gender definitely came up, occasionally, in my life at work. But the bigger challenge that I had was age. I took roles earlier in my career than people expected, and so a lot of what I got was, 'Do you actually know enough to do this?' -Ursula Burns

As you become more successful, the gender barrier disappears. The credibility challenges you have during your growing up years starts disappearing when you start demonstrating success. -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

I am incrementally a pessimist, but I see the international debate that Edward Snowden has engendered, and I think this is exactly where the discussion should be. So, I would say I'm more optimistic than pessimistic. -Adam Savage

I felt alien my whole life, but I didn't feel alien because of my gender. Other people made me aware of my gender. -Patti Smith

People in love don't see gender, colour or religion. Or age. It's about the other person, the one that you love and who loves you. You don't think of them in terms of a label. You just go with your heart. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

Like probably a lot of people, I came away from watching films like 'Miss Representation' and 'Half the Sky' with the realization that the battle for women's rights is not over, especially not globally, and that the moral imperative of our century is to achieve full rights for everyone regardless of gender. -Adora Svitak

As women are empowered, violence can come down, for a number of reasons. By all measures, men are the more violent gender. -Steven Pinker

I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their calculating – is this the exact right mix? I think that's – to me it's anti-comedy. It's more about PC-nonsense. -Jerry Seinfeld

Over the years, I've become barraged by comments from people, such as, 'Beam me up, Scotty!' and I became defensive. I felt they were derisive and engendered an attitude. I am grateful for the success, but didn't want to be mocked. -William Shatner

If we are going to have to worry all the time that we might offend some students' sensibilities, we are not going to be able to teach in a way that actually matters. We're not going to be able to teach about sex, gender, race, religion, or violence. -Alice Dreger

I don't have the panic I used to have, meeting people who are androgynous, but when you meet someone whose identity is unclear, that throws your own identity into flux because the way we treat each other is very gendered. -Alice Dreger

We need love, and to ensure love, we need to have full employment, and we need social justice. We need gender equity. We need freedom from hunger. These are our most fundamental needs as social creatures. -David Suzuki

We all have inherited so many types of fears, whether they're race-based, culture-based, gender-based, age-based, family-based. And then we get comfortable with these fears. -Hill Harper

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

I like playing all sorts of ages and genders. -Chris Lilley

There's no doubt about it that my participation in sports allowed me to compete in the business world in a very gender-neutral way. -Beth Brooke

Research conducted throughout the world shows gender balance in top positions contributes to improved competitiveness and better business performance. -Beth Brooke

Technology is one of the key drivers of female economic empowerment, but the fields that women choose to participate in are still decidedly gendered. -Weili Dai

It's interesting that, given our culture has so many words that refer to women in a truly derogatory fashion, it's 'lady' – a term that has conferred social respect on our gender for over a thousand years – that has women up in arms. -Sara Sheridan

'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

Before any American points a finger at President Putin and calls him nasty names, they should recognize that a lot of Americans agree with Putin on his stance against homosexual and transgender people. -Henry Rollins

Democrats hate stay-at-home spouses, no matter what gender or gender preference. -P. J. O'Rourke

In a sense, all of my books have been about a 'poisonous pedagogy,' which engenders a culture of obedience, this underlying theme of patriarchal systems. -John Bradshaw

We must teach our people the greatness of China's historical culture. In our educational program we must stress Chinese history and geography so that all may know and appreciate China's civilization of five thousand years and the far-flung boundaries of our ancient race. This will engender a greater faith in our own future. -Chiang Kai-shek

The majority of small-holder farmers in Africa are women and, in urban areas, you're primarily looking at women-led households. So we can't solve hunger if we don't have gender-sensitive programming that addresses access to opportunities for women, whether it's through education or tools for cooking, like solar-powered stoves. -Ertharin Cousin

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

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. -Nelson Mandela

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 happened to work with sort of a bunch of slightly difficult male directors when I was a kid. I've since worked with lots of male directors that I love, so I no longer see the distinction gender-wise. -Gaby Hoffmann

All young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, need someone who's got their back. -James Lecesne

Sports exact too harsh a toll on our beautiful women. Like engendered species, they should be protected, and instead, we exploit them and demand they fly too close to the sun for our amusement. We send them into the arena for an exhausting three-setter, an 18-hole playoff, a 200th lap. The burnout factor is insurmountable. -Kevin Bleyer

Often, economists spend their energies squabbling with one another, but arguably the more important contrast is between our broadly liberal economic worldview and the various alternatives – common around the globe – that postulate natural hierarchies of religion, ethnicity, caste and gender, often enforced by law and strict custom. -Tyler Cowen

Globalisation has obliterated distance, not just physically but also, most dangerously, mentally. It creates the illusion of intimacy when, in fact, the mental distances have changed little. It has concertinaed the world without engendering the necessary respect, recognition and tolerance that must accompany it. -Martin Jacques

I grew up in a home where I was literally told from a young age, 'No daughter of mine will ever wash a man's socks,' and I am pleased to say I never have. It was made clear that whatever I wanted to do I should aspire to, regardless of my gender. -Noreena Hertz

I don't know if foreigners will take to my novels or not. It may be that my books appeal only to a particular gender or age group rather than convey a more universal appeal. -Natsuo Kirino

It's 2014, and women are still paid less than men. Does this suggest that a gender pay gap is an unfortunately permanent fixture? Will it still be with us in 50 years? I would predict yes. But by that point, it will be men who will be earning less than women. -Sendhil Mullainathan

In the name of feminism, we denied some essential aspects of our authentic selves. While feminism should have been nothing if not a celebration of our own unique characteristics, we insisted that we had no unique characteristics… that gender differences were hogwash, and a feminine woman was nothing more than a plaything for men. -Marianne Williamson

America's liberal arts universities have long been safe zones for leftist thinking, protected ivory towers for the pseudo-elite who earn their livings writing papers nobody reads about gender roles in the poetry of Maya Angelou. -Ben Shapiro

I'm in favour of hipster androgyny: Any trend that permits men to rebel against strict gender rules of appearance is going to make the world a more expressive and sensitive place for all of us. -Russell Smith

Most critics of gender division are women, and they're worried about girls and the roles presented for them by gendered entertainments. They are quite right to be. Telling girls that the cars and the guns are beyond their domain of expertise, and that they should content themselves with clothes and friendships, is limiting. -Russell Smith

We are still vulnerable to gender-targeted marketing no matter how carefully we edit our children's bookshelves. -Russell Smith

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

A man who reads effeminate may well be consistently heterosexual, and another one might be gay. We can't read sexuality off of gender. -Judith Butler

I think we won't be able to understand the operations of trans-phobia, homophobia, if we don't understand how certain kinds of links are forged between gender and sexuality in the minds of those who want masculinity to be absolutely separate from femininity and heterosexuality to be absolutely separate from homosexuality. -Judith Butler

When we say gender is performed, we usually mean that we've taken on a role or we're acting in some way and that our acting or our role playing is crucial to the gender that we are and the gender that we present to the world. -Judith Butler

I call for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action. Governments should do more to address gender in their mine action programmes and through their implementation of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention. -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

The burden for achieving disarmament cannot be borne by peace groups alone. Everybody, regardless of age, income, profession, gender or nationality, has a stake in this quest. -Ban Ki-moon

So much of the destruction on Earth has been wrought by men. Women are the ones who give life and try to pick up the pieces… What a great gender they are. -William T. Vollmann

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

I have certainly been very front footed about increasing our gender representation at Westpac. -Gail Kelly

I think that issues of gender have been discussed widely at Harvard. But I think I was chosen clearly on the merits, and I wish to operate as president on the merits. I think, on one level, we might say that I can affirm that women have the aptitude to do science or to do anything, including being president of Harvard. -Drew Gilpin Faust

The fact is, 'Billy Elliot' is an incredible show, for any age and any gender. 'Degrassi' fans would absolutely fall in love with 'Billy Elliot.' -Jake Epstein

I would love to be nominated for an award at some point or do something that at least engenders the type of cultural conversation that a role like Giancarlo Esposito on 'Breaking Bad,' or actually any of the people on 'Breaking Bad.' I would love to have a role in a feature film that was a cultural talking point. -Stephen Amell

Our religious police has the most dangerous effect on society – the segregation of genders, putting the wrong ideas in the heads of men and women, producing psychological diseases that never existed in our country before, like fanatacism. -Basmah bint Saud

Dividing everybody into genders and sexuality and races and religions, and I think it's important to have films out there, to have discussions out there which really try to get to grips with where that kind of thing can lead. -Chiwetel Ejiofor

The only way the gender divide affected me was the social things the younger guy executives could do with their bosses. I don't know what went on in the clubs, because I didn't go. I made sure my work was stellar, and that compensated for whatever social time we weren't spending together. -Stacey Snider

The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn't your gender – it's you. -Angela Braly

There are many things that matter much more than an editor's gender in shaping the direction of the leadership. -Nancy Gibbs

The 1950s felt so safe and smug, the '60s so raw and raucous, the revolutions stacked one on top of another, in race relations, gender roles, generational conflict, the clash of church and state – so many values and vanities tossed on the bonfire, and no one had a concordance to explain why it was all happening at once. -Nancy Gibbs

The more women sit down and write something in a woman's voice for a woman, they more you'll see women in comedy because gender doesn't define sense of humor. Imagination and intelligence and perspective do. -Kristen Schaal

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

I never go anywhere and encourage people to get married to someone of the same gender or to have abortions – the issue never comes up. -Cindy Sheehan

I do believe that it's something that we don't talk about, but when there are clearly defined gender roles, it is much simpler. Because you don't have to think, which people apparently don't like to do. -Judy Gold

I was a me-ist. I believed in the right to do whatever I wanted to do regardless of gender. Still do. -Suzi Quatro

I don't think it's at all weakening of the system if people with the same last name put themselves forward to the electorate, when their experiences, their character, and in my case, gender, may be different. -Hillary Clinton

Some version of 'Deal or No Deal' airs in 120 countries. And they play it exactly the same way, with models and briefcases. It crosses language and culture and gender, because it's the simplest game in the world, and everyone wants to press their luck. -Howie Mandel

Gender-dominated environments are not good… particularly in the financial sector where there are too few women. In gender-dominated environments, men have a tendency to… show how hairy chested they are, compared with the man who's sitting next to them. I honestly think that there should never be too much testosterone in one room. -Christine Lagarde

I think there are multiple studies now to demonstrate that diversity, a better balance between genders, but also between different fields as well, is actually conducive to better growth, better bottom line, better results. -Christine Lagarde

I have never been good at doing impressions of women. Which is understandable. There's a gender issue. -Rory Bremner

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

I don't like narrowing my readers down – there's not a particular age or gender or nationality. I suppose I'm aiming at the child I was. -Anthony Browne

I'm an only child, so I never had sisters to tell me what I should like based on my gender. I liked what the boys were doing and thought: 'Why let them have all the fun?' -Rhianna Pratchett

Imagine trying to be a gay actor, a gay anything in modern Russia? Where to be positively oneself, to be affectionate in public with someone you love of the same gender, or to talk of that love in the hearing of anyone under 18, will put you prison? -Ian Mckellen

When I was in high school, the genders were so separate from each other. If you weren't 'dating' somebody, you couldn't just be friends with somebody. -S. E. Hinton

One side of me is very busy paying attention to the details of life, the humanity of people, catching the street voices, the middle-class, upper-middle-class secret lives of Turks. The other side is interested in history and class and gender, trying to get all of society in a very realistic way. -Orhan Pamuk

On 'Glee,' we often tackle the tough topics that young people face – in fact, my recurring character, Wade 'Unique' Adams, is a transgender teenager who finds herself navigating a lot of the same problems many young people face around the globe. -Alex Newell

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

Talent has no gender. People are hiring young male directors right out of film school, off of a student film or off of a film at Sundance for millions of dollars. You can do the same with a female. It's not a risk about the work if you respect the film that they made. -Gina Prince-Bythewood

There can be moments in your life where you may feel attracted to someone depending on circumstance, depending on the person of one gender or another, and sometimes where that is less of an influence in your life. -Charles M. Blow

It is hard to look away from the swirl of media that the untimely and tragic death of Heath Ledger has engendered, and the Internet has jacked the frenzy into overdrive. -Kara Swisher

In New Zealand, men and women would not take a party seriously if it did not have a good gender – and increasingly racial – mix. It's not about being politically correct; it's just who we are. -Jenny Shipley

There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability. -Sharron Angle

Women tend to need the healthcare system more because we bear children. Insurance companies – not all of them, but many of them – 'gender-rate.' Women may pay 40% more for their health insurance than men do. -Gloria Steinem

Obviously, there is much similarity among the challenges of transgender people and all women – from health care to harassment to discrimination in the workplace. -Gloria Steinem

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

Nothing changes the gender equation more significantly than women's economic freedom. -Gloria Steinem

Flame mails and offensive Internet activities are not classy. It doesn't fit with our culture here, where we respect the gender, race, opinions, ear-lobe apparel and choice of clothing of all employees. -David Duffield

Disability informs almost every part of my life. It's as important, if not more so, than my gender and sexuality. It's certainly a great deal more important to me than my religion or whether or not I caught a tram, ferry or bus to work. -Stella Young

Why does 'writer' have no gender, but 'actor' has a gender? What is that? -Abbi Jacobson

I definitely relate so much to a lot of women in comedy, but I don't love segregating the genders. I'm just as influenced by male comedians as I am female comedians. -Abbi Jacobson

Feminism is an attack on social practices and habits of thought that keep women and men boxed into gender roles that are harmful. -Robert Webb

My childhood was as heavily gendered as any you would find in a working-class household in Lincolnshire. -Robert Webb

We are people, individuals comprising a variety of sexes, races, shifting sexualities and all the rest of it. Every convention that tries to reinforce this difference is a step back. Notions of gender pointlessly separate men from women, but also mothers from daughters and fathers from sons. -Robert Webb

No, feminism isn't 'over.' We need it not only to challenge injustice but because the whole gender expectations thing is bad for men, too. -Robert Webb

Feminism isn't about hating men. It's about challenging the absurd gender distinctions that boys and girls learn from childhood and carry into their adult lives. -Robert Webb

Parenting girls makes you quite gender-conscious – it's almost impossible to fight the power of pink. It's not such a terrible thing to want to be a princess when you're five, but it would be nice if there were some other options. -Robert Webb

By aiming for paradise, we lose sight of earth. Hope of a beyond and aspiration to an afterlife engender a sense of futility in the present. If the prospect of getting taken up to paradise generates joy, it is the mindless joy of a baby picked up from his crib. -Michel Onfray

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

I love a challenge. And I love defying limitation, gender stereotypes, and people's expectations of me as an actress. -Gwendoline Christie

As someone who has always felt at times pretty genderless because of my size, it interests me to challenge ideas of prejudice and femininity, and what it is to be a woman. -Gwendoline Christie

The word 'demand' is a tricky word when used by our gender. When used by men, it's part of their vernacular. -Robin Wright

I dislike arrogant men and diva behavior in either gender. -Robin Wright

The more normal it gets for people to see people of a gender or skin tone they wouldn't expect in jobs that they wouldn't expect, or speaking a way they wouldn't expect them to, the more it cultivates a sense that we share more than separates us. -Kelly McCreary

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

For years, I've written narrators who aren't gender-identified. When I do autobiographical stuff, that's different, obviously. But I've always tried to keep my songs as potentially not a man's thing. -John Darnielle

I think artists are scared to have same-gendered pronouns in their writing, and I don't think it's because they're scared to be out, because gay artists are visible, but they don't want to alienate an audience. -Mary Lambert

Online harassment, especially gendered online harassment, is an epidemic. Women are being driven out; they're being driven offline. This isn't just in gaming. This is happening across the board online, especially with women who participate in or work in male-dominated industries. -Anita Sarkeesian

Hospitality knows no gender or race. -Danny Meyer

'Little Women' has interesting gender connotations. There are generations of women who love the book. But there are a lot of men who think it's sentimental, gooey stuff. -Gillian Armstrong

I have no fears that on a purely merit basis, we will have an embarrassment of riches from which to choose in order to reach gender parity. -Justin Trudeau

I think I've always had that struggle my whole life, of feeling a little bit more gender-neutral, feeling more comfortable as a creative person when I'm dressed like a boy, when I'm dressed more masculine. -Jill Soloway

I don't remember a single day during the time I was minister of gender, foreign minister, vice-president and president when I saw anything on the part of the men that indicated they were undermining me. -Joyce Banda

There are several places in Vietnam where they're teaching computer science from second grade in class, so they don't have a gender divide because everybody is expected to program. -Megan Smith

In the early IBM team, that was a racially diverse team, a gender-diverse team. -Megan Smith

It's so interesting that when somebody's pregnant, we are obsessed with knowing the gender of the child so we can figure out what we need to buy that child, what the present would be. Like we're pre-programming the kid before they were born. -Megan Smith

Feminism is rooted in racial rights and gender rights, and all of those things intersect, and to say that that's not something you can stand behind – it confuses me. I think it's a really great word. -Mackenzie Davis

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

I was very proud, on just my second day in office, to appoint a gender-balanced cabinet – one of only three in the developed world. -Nicola Sturgeon

In particular, I want to set a challenge to public bodies and private companies to improve gender balance on their own boards. -Nicola Sturgeon

Directing is genderless. The only thing… I love men. I'm not being mean to them, but they can't hear you. I don't have a husband, and so I'm not really attuned to it, but I didn't know that they could not really hear you. Like, I'm talking, and they just walk away. -Lori Petty

It's very strange how electronic music formatted itself and forgot that its roots are about the surprise, freedom, and the acceptance of every race, gender, and style of music into this big party. Instead, it started to become this electronic lifestyle which also involved the glorification of technology. -Thomas Bangalter

The business of fiction is the study of the human condition, and gender is something that many humans are obsessed with, thus making it rather difficult to ignore when studying the human condition! -Charles Stross

'Breaking Away' was a great experience. It's the kind of movie that engenders a lot of goodwill from people. It's a movie that they cherish. and I feel very welcomed and accepted by people because of that. -Dennis Christopher

I don't feel like my films are about gender; they are about identity – but a different slant on identity. -Lisa Cholodenko

Being transgender, like being gay, tall, short, white, black, male, or female, is another part of the human condition that makes each individual unique, and something over which we have no control. We are who we are in the deepest recesses of our minds, hearts and identities. -Linda Thompson

Once you open up the Pandora's box of race and gender… you're never done. -Kara Walker

Journalists dedicate their lives to covering war – they make many personal sacrifices, and it's not something that's gender-based. In a place like Libya where there's heavy fighting, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman. -Lynsey Addario

Gamers are everywhere, coming in all ages and genders, and developers have grown up, too. -Warren Spector

I didn't want my gender to determine whether or not I could cover breaking news. -Lynsey Addario

I believe gender is a spectrum, and I fall somewhere between Channing Tatum and Winnie the Pooh. -Stephen Colbert

Public perception of the Westminster arena, with all its posturings, does little to engender a sense of voter belief. -Charles Kennedy

It is important to note that there exist vast gender differences in the global role of papillomaviruses in human cancers. This is mainly due to the role of this virus family in the induction of cancer of the cervix. -Harald zur Hausen

'Suits' fans. I've never met a more diverse audience: across gender, race, class. It's incredible. People who are high-powered lawyers to doormen. A Chinese immigrant cable installer – who barely spoke English – loves 'Suits!' -David Costabile

Although it happens more rarely in men, breast cancer is not gender-specific. I was in Costa Rica, and in the shower I felt this lump under my left nipple. It was very small, mind you, but enough to make me call my doctor. -Richard Roundtree

On the advice of my U.K. publishers, I chose a sexless anonymity and published my first five books under the semi-pseudonym, S. J. Bolton. I was happy. I could hide behind a genderless, classless persona and let my creepy, psychological murder-mysteries speak for themselves. -Sharon Bolton

Sometimes you can do things with Spanish – like verbs and genders – easier than you can in English. -Juan Felipe Herrera

The social inefficiency of capitalism is going to clash at some point with the technological innovations capitalism engenders, and it is out of that contradiction that a more efficient way of organising production and distribution and culture will emerge. -Yanis Varoufakis

'Cue for Treason,' by Geoffrey Trease, radicalized my young girl brain and made me want to be a gender-bending, sonnet-writing anarchist. It really made something roar to life inside of me. -Miriam Toews

I suppose it's easier for most writers to create and vivify characters of their own gender. -Susan Vreeland

I always wanted to experience what performance would be like without the fourth wall, so I formed a company in Australia, and we did avant-garde theater, playing with gender norms, conversations about race – we just had a box of issues that we wanted to subvert with our stories, with dance. -DeObia Oparei

Sex and gender are such befuddling mysteries even for those of us who are in the mainstream that you'd think we'd be wary of being judgmental. Yet much of society clings to a view that gender is completely binary, when, in fact, there's overwhelming evidence of a continuum. -Nicholas Kristof

I never knew that Americans would take up soccer, and it's a gender-free sport in high school there. -Mal Peet

It is impossible to anticipate all of the misdeeds engendered by the universal conflict of human passions. They multiply at a compound rate with the growth in population and the interlacing of particular interests that cannot be directed with geometrical precision towards the public utility. -Cesare Beccaria

In 'Power Play', Finder uses the thriller structure to make pointed observations about gender in the workplace, the corporate caste system, and the true nature of risk in the global business environment. -M. J. Rose

My major obligation or responsibility is to work to integrate gender issues throughout the work of the State Department. -Melanne Verveer

I always say I never felt 'latched' to a gender. I just kind of always felt like myself, and I never felt like I had to do certain things or be a certain way to fit into a certain mold. -Shamir

I had always been a really peculiar child. My mom would tell you I grew up roughing it with the boys and playing with action figures and toy cars and stuff, but I also had an Easy Bake Oven… I find it amazing that in a really weird way, people are mad that they can't figure out my gender. -Shamir

I always find it amazing that people get mad because they can't figure out my gender. Even though my only job here is to create art, I think being a genderless figure… it shakes people. And when that happens, it makes me feel like I'm doing my job. -Shamir

I even felt like I liked guys better than women – that men were relevant and women weren't. It took me a while to realize I'd been socialized to have a slighting view of my own gender. -Lynn Coady

I was always watching the boys and how they interacted. It comes with being a feminist, just somebody who thinks a lot about gender and how it plays out in society. -Lynn Coady

Let's not confuse traditional behaviours with good manners. The definition of etiquette is gender neutral – it simply means we strive at all times to ensure a person in our company feels at ease. -Lynn Coady

I am proud to state that every national Jewish organization we support enforces non-discrimination practices around sexual orientation and that more than 70 percent have written policies in place covering gender identity and expression. -Lynn Schusterman

Sometime in the early Seventies, gender-free toys were briefly a popular idea. So at Christmas on the California beach in 1972, we downplayed the dolls with frilly dresses and loaded up Santa's sack with toy trucks and earth movers for our three daughters. -Tom Brokaw

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

So many people go through life, and they never deal with their own issues, no matter what the issues are – ours happen to be gender identity. But, how many people go through life and just waste an entire life 'cause they'd never deal with themselves to be who they are. -Caitlyn Jenner

Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their life. -Caitlyn Jenner

You don't go out and change your gender for a television show, O.K.? It ain't happening. I don't care who you are. -Caitlyn Jenner

Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don't want to conform to society's expectations. -Caitlyn Jenner

Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to… But gender identity is who you are in your soul. -Caitlyn Jenner

I was a tomboy as a kid – I was skinny and had cropped hair and was often mistaken for a boy – and up until I was about six, I had my own very fluid ideas of gender in that I believed that, somehow, an individual could choose whether or not s/he wanted to be a boy or a girl. -Elizabeth Hand

I didn't read much SF as a kid – I was a total Tolkien geek – but I started reading Samuel Delany and Angela Carter and Ursula LeGuin in high school, and I was definitely taken with the notion that here was a literature that could explore various notions of gender identity and how it affects the culture at large. -Elizabeth Hand

I didn't know there were options like gender neutral or gender fluid. I later realized you could be a girl and dress like a guy. -Ruby Rose

Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you're at one end of the spectrum or the other. For the most part, I definitely don't identify as any gender. I'm not a guy; I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes. -Ruby Rose

Between 'Orange' with Laverne, the show 'Transparent,' and Caitlyn Jenner, obviously we're in the middle of something enormous – a transgender movement. I'm just proud to be alive during this massive shift in the world. -Ruby Rose

I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral. I cop a fair bit of flack for going from 'such a babe to such a boy.' -Ruby Rose

I don't think of myself as a model. I'm genderqueer, and I've got tattoos. -Ruby Rose

Usually, when you are an ethnic person or a trans person, in your average, everyday, unsophisticated television show, you are there for that reason. And they clearly justify and overexplain why. You very rarely see a transgender actor playing the part of a grocery-store clerk without having to say, 'Oh, look at that trans person.' -B. D. Wong

I was surprised at how cosmopolitan the Gold Rush was: prospectors were of all races, genders, and countries. I was equally surprised at how fast gold prospecting became big business. -Laurence Yep

At Ozon, salaries are evaluated every year based on market benchmarks which are gender neutral. -Maelle Gavet

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 don't buy this premise that the number of minifigures needs to be an equal amount to be gender neutral. Nobody makes artistic products like that; nobody makes a movie and says there has to be equal numbers of men and women. -Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

I launched 'Lightspeed' magazine in 2010, and from day one, we've had a strict mission to try to have gender parity in the magazine because that was the first hurdle that science fiction and fantasy have been dealing with for a long time. -John Joseph Adams

Chivalry isn't dead. It's just no longer gender-based. -Letitia Baldrige

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

Where writers are from is one of the world' s most boring topics. Where we're born, gender or race, wealth or poverty – those are the things we spend time talking about. Stop trying to label me. I'm a writer. Worry about whether I'm any good! -M. J. Hyland

I've been surprised at the number of people who were really angry that I tried to convey gender neutrality by using a gendered pronoun. -Ann Leckie

In so much SF, either gender roles are the ones we're used to in the here and now, only transported to the future, or else they're supposedly different, but characters still are slotting into various stereotypes. -Ann Leckie

Character is made up of a variety of different things. One of those elements is gender. -Greg Rucka

I think my dad is highly gender-neutral. If he doesn't like someone, he'll articulate that, and I think it's also part of what resonates about him. He'll say what he's thinking. -Ivanka Trump

Jolie's exotic mixture of brains and glamour makes her the one reliable international star, and one of the few of either gender to make people in every country pay to see her. -Richard Corliss

We don't put gender roles on our marriage and our relationship. If I'm working a lot and Cory's home, he will put Cree to bed, and if dishes need to be washed, he will wash them. So it's not like, 'Oh, I'm going to wait until my wife gets home, and she's going to be doing all that.' -Tia Mowry

There are probably industries where gender is more of an issue, but our industry is not one where I think that's relevant. -Marissa Mayer

Both European and American historians have done away with any conceptual limits on what in the past needs and deserves investigating. The result, among other things, has been a flood of works on gender history, black history, and ethnic history of all kinds. -Edmund Morgan

Every life – regardless of background or gender – has equal value. -Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber

The military is not a social services operation or a testing ground for gender wars. It is a fighting machine. Women are not as strong as men. Their instincts and reactions in crises are markedly different. -Liz Trotta

Historians who write about families are usually feminists who think in terms of gender relations. -Jane Ridley

People notice if you are black. People notice if you are female. We are certainly not either colorblind or gender-blind in this country, so I'm not suggesting that it isn't a factor. But I think in the final analysis, people will take a look at the positions, and they'll take a look at the issues. -Condoleezza Rice

My father values talent. He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. He is color blind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job, period. -Ivanka Trump

Every American in uniform, in the White House or at home – USA! USA! USA! – we must be a force for unity in America, for a vision that includes all of us. All of us. Every man and woman, every race, every ethnicity, every faith and creed, including the Americans who are our precious Muslims. And every gender and every gender orientation. -John R. Allen

Sex is biological, but gender is mental. -Kehlani

I believe love's grip transcends gender. It transcends everything short of a very few primal needs like hunger, thirst, a need for oxygen. -Lauren Kate

I was a weird but definite kid, and there were essentially no gender roles for me to fit into. -Pamela Dean

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

Equal protection under the law – for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation – should not be subject to the most popular sentiments of the day. -Cory Booker

I think of my gender as a part of my complex humanity. -Jenny Slate

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

I'm manifestly not the same as Alex Salmond. I'm a different gender, for example… I'm being flippant, but maybe this is a partly gender-driven difference: I'm very keen that we find a way of reaching out across party divides to find things we agree on, as well as the things we disagree on. -Nicola Sturgeon

The liberals will surely argue that every person has the right to fall in love with no regard to religion, creed or gender, but I am not that liberal. -Yair Lapid

I have a son and a daughter; I try to teach them equally about balance, gender, and gender equity. -Christy Turlington

It's a controversial issue: many feminists reasonably worry that by taking the concentration off gender as an independent locus of oppression, we dilute the strength of a women's movement, or of women's rights advocacy. -Rebecca Traister

It was impossible for Hillary Clinton to have chosen a path to the White House that bypassed the loathing, jeering derision and gendered stereotyping built on two centuries of male power. What was interesting was how hard she tried to do just that. -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

In 2008, I started the election season as a critic of Hillary Clinton, a fan of Barack Obama, and a supporter of John Edwards. But by the end of Clinton's historic drive toward nomination, the gendered rhetoric used against her – as well as the way so many men in my own party diminished the value of electing a female president – had radicalized me. -Rebecca Traister

One reason that we have collectively plugged our ears against a decade of dismal revelations about Bill Cosby is that he made lots of Americans feel good about two things we rarely have reason to feel good about: race and gender. -Rebecca Traister

I'm not going to advocate for a female leader who I'm voting for solely on the basis of gender. And I think a lot of people feel that way. -Ivanka Trump

My father values talent. He is colorblind and gender neutral. When Donald Trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, excellence, and effort. -Ivanka Trump

I think, regardless of gender, women and men need to be brave, take chances with their work, and be open to feedback. But I do think 'politeness' is an issue that can hinder your work if you aren't careful. Kindness is important, but being overly polite – thinking you can't disagree with someone about your own work – be careful about that. -Ellie Kemper

In the areas where FGM is going down, it has been addressed in a violence against women framework. It's a gender power control issue, and it is not something you can just educate people out of. It requires people to think that if they do it, there are ramifications. We cannot just rely on people's good will. -Efua Dorkenoo

For many older Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, a lifetime of discrimination has undermined their right to a retirement with dignity. -Ted Deutch

We have a lot of things, you know, as a medical professional, we have to start looking at, some of the, particularly, the transgender issue has to be looked at in the psychotic – the psychosis in regards to the medical community and looking at that application because there's a lot of mixed studies in those regards. -Paul Gosar

God does not discriminate against people, regardless of color, religion, social class, or gender and sexual preferences. -Rodrigo Duterte

I feel that gender balance in the work environment is actually the best recipe for success. -Anne Wojcicki

I was really raised in a gender-neutral household. I always knew I was a girl, but it never occurred to me that there was a limitation. -Anne Wojcicki

No matter what your age, gender, politics, nationality, social or financial standing, every single person inhabiting the planet Earth has the same reaction to him: 'Holy crap, Buzz Aldrin, you went to the moon!' -Jeanne Marie Laskas

Actors, who have no real sense of who they are or what they want, have long known that not just their gender but every aspect of their identity is on a spectrum. They can be anything they are asked to be. They aspire to a protean state, shape-shifting like high summer clouds. -Tom Hollander

We provide comedy for everybody, no matter what your race or gender. We just want people to come out and have a really good time. -Loni Love

I think we're actually the only sport that has a mix of men and women competing together. The majority of other sports are separated by gender. -Charlotte Dujardin

Building on our strong track record of supporting developing countries, including in areas like climate justice, human rights, gender and education, Ireland recognises that vulnerable communities need very considerable assistance in adapting to climate change. -Enda Kenny

HB2 discriminates against fellow citizens because of who they are. This law directly challenges the legitimacy of the identity of transgender persons and then compels them to deny it every time they use a public restroom. -Ted Olson

I've always thought feminism had a lot to say about both genders, as it is hard to talk about one without the other. I think men and women alike would benefit from men having a more fluid idea of what being a man is. -Matt Haig

I think this is the most exciting time to be alive right now. We have a black president. There are transgender movies and media out there now. Gay characters are playing non-stereotypical versions of themselves. I feel like as a society, or in television at least, we're rising up. Even in society we're rising up. -Vincent Rodriguez III

I realized I was a girl playing with all of these great musicians, but race and gender never did cross my mind, really, until other people started talking about them. They weren't really an issue for me. -Cynthia Robinson

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

The Greeks first identified the Amazons ethnographically, as a nation of men and women distinguished by something outstanding in their gender relations. Later, any ambivalence or anxiety that knowledge of this alternative gender-neutral culture evoked among Greeks was played out in their mythic narratives about martial women. -Adrienne Mayor

Hip hop is usually a bunch of guys talking to a bunch of guys, in my experience. It's homosocial, not homosexual, in that it's almost always all one gender in a room where it's being created. That locker-room environment has an impact on the language. I think the music suffers 'cause it allows an almost cartoonish level of misogyny. -John Legend

I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I've never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There's nothing offensive about it, so there's no reason to be offended. -Kerry Washington

Architecture produces a musical mood in our inner being, and we notice that even though the elements of architecture and music appear to be so alien in the outer world, through this musical mood engendered in us, our experience of architecture brings about a reconciliation, a balance between these two elements. -Rudolf Steiner

When it comes to swag, there's no gender involved. -Young Thug

I feel like there's no such thing as gender. -Young Thug

When you are in a small rural place with cold weather and a lot of granite, you need people who are going to work hard, and you really stop worrying about what gender they are. -Maggie Hassan

I want to do right, apart from my gender – I want to do right as a campaign manager. -Kellyanne Conway

I first wrote about Michael Jackson in the 1980s. His skin was growing paler, his features thinner, and his aura more feminine. Some called him a traitor to his race. Some fussed about his gender fluidity. I saw him as a post-modern shape-shifter. But the shifts grew more extreme and mysterious. -Margo Jefferson

I grew up in a cloistered, conservative culture that adhered to strict gender roles. So it's easy to understand why the 'girl dressed as a boy' trope resonated so much. In a world that didn't want to give people like me adventures or significance, books with cross-dressing girls were treasures. -Rae Carson

Disney, who brought joy, arguably, to billions of people, was, perhaps, or had some… racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobby. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company's policies, a gender bigot. -Meryl Streep

I'd like to think that the door is always open for just the best actor for the role, you know? Race or gender shouldn't have anything to do with it, unless the character or story is focused on that for some particular reason. -Antoine Fuqua

If gender is on a spectrum, where one finds oneself is completely unique. -Eddie Redmayne

There's been a huge history of cisgender success on the back of trans stories, which is something I'm deeply aware of. My take on it, I suppose, was that I do think actors should be able to play anything. -Eddie Redmayne

What an extraordinary thing it can be, love, how it will not defined by gender, by sexuality, by race, by religion, by anything. It's something else. It's something other. -Eddie Redmayne

If a man can coach a female, why can't a female coach a male? When I was looking for a coach, the gender of the coach never occurred to me. It was about who I thought was good and who I could get along with and listen to. -Martina Navratilova

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

Some people are both genders. I think you just come out the way you come out, and you have to embrace it honestly. -Grace Jones

One of the first studies in the field of gender and language, by Don H. Zimmerman and Candace West in 1975, found that in casual conversations between women and men, women were interrupted far more often. -Deborah Tannen

An assumption underlying almost all comments on interruptions is that they are aggressive, but the line between what's perceived as assertiveness or aggressiveness almost certainly shifts with an interrupter's gender. -Deborah Tannen

This idea that we should be best friends with our partner of the opposite gender leads toward tremendous frustration. Did you ever notice that while men often refer to their wives as best friends, women usually refer to another woman in that way? -Deborah Tannen

If you understand gender differences in what I call 'conversational style', you may not be able to prevent disagreements from arising, but you stand a better chance of preventing them from spiraling out of control. -Deborah Tannen

The study of gender and language might seem at first to be a narrowly focused field, but it is actually as interdisciplinary as they come. -Deborah Tannen

There are those who believe that the existence of gender differences at very early ages is evidence that these differences are biological or generic in origin. -Deborah Tannen

I've struggled with gender norms my whole life, always feeling like I wasn't black-and-white; I was in this gray area, and gray areas really scare people because you can't define them. -Evan Rachel Wood

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

A gender line… helps to keep women not on a pedestal, but in a cage. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Always play to your strengths, whether your strengths are gender-based or just natural aptitude. -Lynn Good

The military has been actually remarkable at dealing with race, but gender is an issue. -Edward Zwick

Keep in mind that diversity does not just mean black. It means all of it – age, weight, gender. -Tracee Ellis Ross

Human rights, race relations, gender politics, health care, and foreign policy – it's a lot to keep track of, and yet all of these things affect us in our daily lives. Making sense of everything requires meticulous unpacking of feelings, delicate navigation of social norms, and a community of love to help along the way. -Tracee Ellis Ross

Whatever your gender, you can be a 'Star Wars' fan. -Cass Sunstein

In my first publishable research, I obtained evidence that the replication of polio viral RNA engendered a multi-stranded intermediate, although my description of that intermediate proved flawed in its details. -J. Michael Bishop

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

It depends on the generation and gender. The males usually go for 'Police Academy,' and the young women now in their late 20s or so go for 'Punky Brewster.' I am recognized quite frequently because they're still playing that stuff on television! -George Gaynes

The men I worked for didn't look at me as having any gender at all. They regarded me more as a workhorse. -Dawn Steel

Hopefully in the future, generational challenges will be measured by achievement, not gender. -Safra A. Catz

There's an opportunity to make your board – and your company – smarter by adding diversity, especially of gender. -Aileen Lee

She raised me to not think of men and women as different. She raised me without gender. It's kind of the reason she named me Billie. It's not about being a strong woman – it's about being a strong person. -Billie Lourd

The Holocaust remains unique in contemporary Jewish consciousness for its capacity to engender the most visceral grief and abject pain. -Ephraim Mirvis

The denial of female aggression is a destructive myth. It robs an entire gender of a significant spectrum of power, leaving women less than equal with men and effectively keeping them 'in their place' and under control. -Katherine Dunn

Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us. -Lady Gaga

Wanting attention is genderless. It's human. -Emily Ratajkowski

We're able to choose our candidate not based on gender or sex or anything else other than their ideas. -Emily Ratajkowski

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a boy. I really had gender issues. -Jane Lynch

One of the favorite things I've learned about Michigan State is that they set up a 'Women's course' in 1896. It sounds like the first gender studies department! But when I looked into it, they taught women home economics, liberal arts, and science. So the women's course was actually a useful degree! It actually teaches something productive! -Milo Yiannopoulos

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

I actually believe we are the superior gender. Why are we superior? Statistically, we outlive men by a good 10 years. No one should underestimate the power of nagging – it's on par with nuclear weapons. -Twinkle Khanna

I had a multicultural exposure; that's why I don't believe in a particular religion. I have respect for most because I grew up surrounded by so many. I don't judge people by that, and I feel extremely offended when people categorise based on race, religion, or gender. -Twinkle Khanna

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

'Ki And Ka' in a very sweet way says that if you have talent, then gender doesn't matter. -Arjun Kapoor

I'm not trying to be a girl by putting on a dress – gender is separated by fabric. -Pete Burns

Nobody should be treated any type of way because of their color, their race, their gender, their socioeconomic status. We're all human. -Tyron Woodley

It's important to understand that one gender is not superior to the other. -Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

NASA didn't give a crap what gender you were or what race you were. If you could do the math, you were valuable. -Theodore Melfi

In a way, a stage can be the safest place to be visibly queer and non-gender conforming because you're literally surrounded by witnesses. Any type of violence that a person might try to carry out on you, that's just not a very likely place to do it. -Liv Bruce

Like my gender, sometimes things don't come out right the first time. -Ben Hopkins

A few years ago, I got cast as a white boy in an off-Broadway play. So not only was it colour-blind, it was gender-blind as well. That would never happen in film. -Sarita Choudhury

Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination. -Nazanin Boniadi

I always did what I thought was interesting. I always just did what caught my fantasy. Looking like a woman, that was never the criteria for me. It was always to do drag. And drag is not gender-specific. Drag is just drag. It's exaggeration. -RuPaul

Even in 'Hollyoaks,' we were known as 'the black family' as opposed to just 'the new family.' But that's where we are in the world, I guess. It's getting better; everything's heading in the right direction, whether it be race, sex, gender. -Ricky Whittle

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

My music has evolved to reflect that multigendered, multiracial, multigenre music. Whether I realized it before or not, I'm most influenced by that rock and soul hybrid. -Ricky Reed

You can't avoid the conversation of diversity and remembering that diversity goes beyond race and culture. It goes into gender and sexual orientation and all sorts of things. -Phillipa Soo

I see that it is impossible to remember a long poem without practice and repetition; so is forgetfulness of the words of instruction engendered in the heart that has ceased to value them. -Xenophon

My parents didn't allow me to do all the things the cool kids could do. I was quiet, reserved, and at some points, taken complete advantage of simply because of my sex and gender. For a while, in high school, I was so deep into self-hate. -Rupi Kaur

I have had a small handful of truly blatantly discriminatory experiences for being transgender, but the vast majority are simply the differences between being a man versus being a woman in science and business. -Vivienne Ming

Gender transition isn't about gender. It's about literally making yourself a better person because you know that's a better you. -Vivienne Ming

I think it's time we all agree that gender stereotypes are simply the confabulation of our own mind. -Naveen Jain

Clearly, we are not programmed at birth to behave a certain way based on our gender. Instead, we are trained throughout our lives to conform to our gender norms. -Naveen Jain

It's so wonderful that women continue to break down barriers and change societal expectations, but women still suffer discrimination for their gender, class, and race. -Sasheer Zamata

I am honored to continue the fight for equal economic opportunities, the right to choose, and an end to gender-based violence by serving as an ACLU Celebrity Ambassador. -Sasheer Zamata

Either somebody has equal rights, or they don't. And certainly in the Irish constitution, marriage is genderless. There's no mention of a man and a woman. -Hozier

If you are good enough to compete for a top-level corporate job, you should be smart enough to know what the job pays the other gender and negotiate accordingly. If you are an employer, and you don't pay an employee market wages, regardless of gender or orientation, you will end up with what you deserve. -Mark Cuban

By isolating the issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, climate change, environment, governance, economics, catastrophe and whatever other problems the present embodies or the future may bring, science fiction can do what Dickens and Sinclair did: make real the consequences of social injustice or human folly. -James Gunn

The rainbow is a part of nature, and you have to be in the right place to see it. It's beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can't see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors. Our sexuality is all of the colors. We are all the genders, races, and ages. -Gilbert Baker

In my opinion, it's all about the song and the performance, not the gender. -Kelsea Ballerini

I see songs in colors; I see days of the week. Each day of the week I relate to a gender, and it's very weird. I can taste words sometimes. It's very strange. -Alessia Cara

During the twentieth century, men fought on behalf of nationalism. Yet the wars they fought were also engendered by dislocations in world markets and by social revolution stimulated by the coming of the industrial age. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

The 'Crossfire' demographic is all-encompassing. Age, gender, religion, culture… it doesn't matter. -Sylvia Day

What the government and we in society need to do is to address the issue of gender justice. -Kapil Sibal

While all old people have been young, no young people have been old, and this troubling fact engenders the frustration of all parents and elders, which is that while you can describe your experience, you cannot confer it. -Andrew Solomon

With the removal of questions about gayness and transgender status in the Census, we really stand to lose a lot of the progress that has been made, and certainly not to make further progress. In order to have a fair system, you need a system you can measure. -Andrew Solomon

I always felt that it was never the duty of a person to really stand up for their gender or their race or anything like that – I always felt that was a personal choice. But I do feel now that maybe my opinion is evolving or changing a little bit. -Kumail Nanjiani

The transgender bathroom thing – it's just so obvious that people are scared of what they don't understand. It's like, 'I don't want to deal with the fact that some people might have been born in the wrong body.' -Nikki Glaser

I think overall, from a deputy, from an undersecretary standpoint, the goal of a good leader is to get diversity across there. Geographical diversity is important. Industry diversity is important: you can't have all corn growers… Not only that, you've got gender diversity, you've got racial diversity. -Sonny Perdue

If you real from the heart, you real from the heart. That ain't got nothing to do with no sex or gender. -Quavo

There's an idea that action movies are more attractive to one gender than the other or different kinds of people or whatever. The truth is action is not any different than any other part of a story. -Patty Jenkins

I was raised looking at women who were strong, and they weren't really into playing race cards or playing gender cards. I didn't grow up around women who were like, 'Well, let the boys do that, and let the girls do that.' I didn't really see that in my house. -Omari Hardwick

I get kind of, um, bored by all the sexuality and gender labels because I feel like that's where the problem comes in, when people feel that they need to have these particular identities. If you didn't have these labels, and you just acted on how you genuinely felt at any point, then you wouldn't have anything to contend with. -Tig Notaro

The power dynamic that exists in venture capital is despicably unfair. The gap of influence between male venture capitalists and female entrepreneurs is frightening, and I hate that my behavior played a role in perpetrating a gender-hostile environment. -Justin Caldbeck

I prefer to put myself in an environment that's further afield and look through the eyes of someone who differs from me in age, ethnicity, gender, and/or social class. I think a little displacement makes me a sharper observer. -Amor Towles

The change I want to see is a start-up environment where everyone, regardless of gender and background, feels welcome and safe; where sexual harassment or discrimination will not impede great talent from producing great impact. -Christine Tsai

One of the most important things to do is to raise our kids in a respectful way with both genders. -Gretchen Carlson

I wasn't prepared for the environment I encountered trying to break into television news. In the world of music, where I spent my formative years, we were judged solely on our talent, and gender wasn't a factor. -Gretchen Carlson

I try to appeal to all Kentucky voters, regardless of gender, about the future of state. -Mitch McConnell

We actually probably do nothing very special for women. But what we do in a very special manner is to remain an absolute gender-neutral, merit-based organization. -Chanda Kochhar

Our parents treated all three of us – two sisters and a brother – equally. When it came to education, or our future plans, there was no discrimination between us based on our gender. -Chanda Kochhar

The struggle isn't just about being straight or gay or transgender – it's a human struggle. That's always really been my kind of starting point: If you're out there and you're odd, come over to my house. -Boy George

I wanted people not to care about whether you were gay, straight, black, white, transgender, whatever it may be… That being said, there's more work to be done… I still want to change the world, absolutely. -Boy George

The Trevor Project provides crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens and young adults. It's truly a lifeline to so many young people who just need someone to listen to them. -Eric McCormack

I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television. -Jeffrey Tambor

'Clocked' means someone sees you for being transgender. -Jeffrey Tambor

To you people out there, you producers and you network owners and you agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that. -Jeffrey Tambor

Here in America, just as we see such incredible progress happening in one state, we see another state passing absolutely disgusting and oppressive laws against the rights of all sorts of people – transgender people, gay people, women. -Gaby Hoffmann

The amount of attention and sensitivity and education that we're getting in terms of specifically the transgender community is great, and certainly that's new to me. But it's not incredibly unfamiliar. I grew up in downtown New York in the '80s. -Gaby Hoffmann

Looking back at my career, I wish I knew then what I know now… that gender bias is built into the system, and it's unconscious in many ways. I wish I had the maturity and courage to have pushed back more. I was always trying to be a 'good girl' and play by the rules. -Valerie Plame

I want to make sure that that future that we're creating is one that is the best it can be for people around the world, and also one that includes the full range of our talent and our skills – and, you know, gender and ethnicity, geography – to solving the world's problems. -Mae Jemison

I want to come and play in cities and states where transgender citizens are not discriminated against, where there's no hateful bathroom bills at the shows where I'm going to be playing. -Jack Antonoff

I grew up in Queens, which is the most diverse borough: the rich and the poor and homeless and people of every sexual orientation and gender and age group. Everyone is saying we live in this bubble, and there's some truth to that. But I do not think it is healthy to all of a sudden invalidate the way we live in New York. -Billy Eichner

It's definitely a problem inside the technology industry – not just gender discrimination. Diversity is an issue within technology, within Expedia. -Dara Khosrowshahi

The fight for justice for the transgender community is largely invisible to our fellow citizens, despite the rampant systematic discrimination of trans people – those whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. -Chelsea Manning

Unfortunately, it seems to me that when it comes to issues affecting the trans community, most people who are cisgender – a word describing those people whose gender identity is in alignment with the sex they were assigned at birth – focus too much on the administrative, legal, and medical aspects of trans identity. -Chelsea Manning

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

We can work to get queer and trans people out of the prisons and jails and off the streets, and to improve our access to housing, education, employment and gender-confirming healthcare. -Chelsea Manning

By December 2009, I had come to terms with my gender identity just as I was deployed to Iraq. -Chelsea Manning

The unique problem for transgender women in prison is that our health and welfare are also the responsibility of those charged with overseeing us. -Chelsea Manning

No one knows my gender more than I do. You do not know my gender better than I do. A doctor doesn't know it better than I do. My parents don't know it better than I do. No one experiences my gender in the way that I experience it. -Chelsea Manning

Presenting myself and my gender is about my right to exist. -Chelsea Manning

Gender presentation should reflect the person that you are. When you lose control of your gender presentation, you lose an important aspect of your identity and existence. -Chelsea Manning

I came out publicly as transgender and began hormone replacement therapy while in prison. When I was released, however, there was no quantifiable history of me existing as a transwoman. Credit and background checks automatically assumed I was committing fraud. -Chelsea Manning

For me, reinstating the ban on transgenders in the military was a very positive step. -Tomi Lahren

It seems the feminists are all about female freedom of expression so long as the female is overweight or transgender. You can't pick and choose what type of women fit your agenda. -Tomi Lahren

There's this ridiculous idea that I'm a gender traitor because I'm not a feminist. I'm supposed to be part of a sisterhood: you're automatically supposed to support all women just because you have the same genitals as them, which doesn't make sense. -Lauren Southern

Filmmaking is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. -Marion Cotillard

We're supposed to be bringing out-of-the-box thinking and innovation, and you cannot do that unless you've got diversity… It's everything from gender to ethnicity to geographic diversity. -Julie Sweet

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

No American should have to live in constant fear that their employer can fire them just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. -Jared Polis

It is not about gender, it is about experience, leadership, and vision. -Angela Ahrendts

I hope to be viewed and judged first and foremost by my accomplishments and capabilities as a leader – regardless of my gender. -Heather Bresch

It's great that Trump has engendered a heated debate over illegal immigration and our open borders. -Tom Tancredo

We're all different ages, sizes, shapes, genders, and we all have different lifestyles. We're quickly moving to bespoke diets that enable tailored and informed nutritional food choices. -Denise Morrison

The business world needs the best talent from both genders to compete in an ever-changing environment and drive innovation. -Denise Morrison

I never had an issue with gender. -Judy Sheindlin

I think the gender norms of emotion are horrendous. Being masculine means showing zero emotions, but having the choice to be angry or depressed. Being female means you are one dimensional – if you show more than that, you are a psycho, hysterical, or historically, a witch. -Petra Collins

The attack on the transgender troops – disgusting, disgraceful, outrageous. It's just endless. And then you try to do your day job of finding good bipartisan work across the aisle… You're doing both all the time. I guess I would describe it as intense. Everything is very intense. -Kirsten Gillibrand

There are challenging days – but I'd tell people they should really do what they are interested in and not think about their gender. -Alexa Hirschfeld

Maybe our work appeals to some people more than others. But the opportunities that I present to my colleagues are completely uninfluenced by gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion. -Bjarke Ingels

We are in a gender-fluid generation. -Anna Wintour

You look at the Americans. They don't lack fervour in moral causes. They promote democracy, freedom of speech, women's rights, gay rights, sometimes even transgender rights. But you don't see them applying that universally across the world with all their allies. -Lee Hsien Loong

My grandma was a nurse, and she helped a lot of transgender clients, so growing up, I was very aware of that, and my family and I have always been very supportive of people going through this. -Farrah Abraham

There are tons of women's perfumes that I've smelt and been like, 'I love that. I would totally wear that,' and lots of women smell a lot of men's cologne and think the same thing about that. I think there should be no reason to put gender on it. -Shawn Mendes

I think that there's so many versions of femininity, and in terms of gender as a binary construct, that seems to be being dismantled. -Carrie Brownstein

My favorite subjects were astronomy, sociology, and gender studies. And I always loved math class; I have a thing for numbers. I played soccer freshman year and then realized I hate sweating, but looking back, I definitely should have kept up with sports. -Selah Louise Marley

My name is Frances Louise McDormand, formerly known as Cynthia Ann Smith. I was born in Gibson City, Ill., in 1957. I identify as gender-normative, heterosexual, and white-trash American. My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash. -Frances McDormand

The future of ballet is really in the hands of the creators, so if it's something that interests them to push the envelope with gender roles, then I think it will change. But if that's not of interest to a dance-maker, if their interest is to sort of preserve the way things have been done for the past 200 years, then nothing is going to change. -Justin Peck

From the time I was 20 and people would say, 'Chicks with Picks,' I hated it. It's not a genre, it's a gender. -Margo Price

I didn't come out as gay; I came out as I don't really believe in gender. -Eliot Sumner

More and more – especially the younger generation – are functioning outside the binary concept of gender. That's just next-generation stuff. -Anohni

I've always been transgender, and I always will be. Having said that, my spirit is feminine. If you had to divide humanity into two groups, I would sit with the women. -Anohni

Whereas in the past people have seen the two sexes as almost incomprehensibly different, now there is a group of people that are explaining the connections between both the genders, literally in the way their biology informs some of their expression. -Anohni

As a transgendered artist, I have always occupied a place outside of the mainstream. I have gladly paid a price for speaking my truth in the face of loathing and idiocy. -Anohni

When members of a certain party concoct various devious schemes to suppress votes, purposely misinform potential voters, spread vile untrue filth about certain candidates, play the race, gender and religious cards, and literally tamper with vote tallies, then we are not a truly representative government! -Richard Belzer

'Personalization' is a popular word in retail, and people often misuse it to describe simple marketing tactics, like segmenting emails or using big data to identify the likely gender of a visitor to their websites. -Katrina Lake

'Thelma and Louise' was a pretty important film for me and still is. It's a social film about many things – gender, freedom – and it puts someone like me into the place of these protagonists. Watching that movie, you are living through the eyes of these women. -Jordan Peele

Because gender can be uncomfortable, there are easy ways to close this conversation. Some people will bring up evolutionary biology and apes, how female apes bow to male apes – that sort of thing. But the point is this: we are not apes. Apes also live in trees and eat earthworms. We do not. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Gender is not an easy conversation to have. It makes people uncomfortable, sometimes even irritable. Both men and women are resistant to talk about gender or are quick to dismiss the problems of gender. Because thinking of changing the status quo is always uncomfortable. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Some people ask, 'Why the word 'feminist'? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression 'human rights' is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Clearly, there is a gender imbalance when it comes to venture capital and entrepreneurship. -David Cohen

Injustice is either very blatant – you walk down the street and someone calls you a name; you don't get a job because of your gender or your skin color or your sexual preference – but injustice is also very subliminal. -Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Despite the gender stereotypes in the '80s, my race-car-driving dad taught me that I could do whatever my brother could. -Amanda de Cadenet

As the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and the mom of two daughters, I believe if we're serious as a nation about empowering every American to pursue his or her own dreams, then true cases of gender discrimination need to be confronted. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Our goal as Republicans is to ensure gender discrimination ends once and for all, and to also help guarantee those who want to remain in the workforce and continue their careers aren't hindered by clunky, outdated regulatory structures that penalize them for making that choice. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The days of a tennis champion as a gender rights leader are over. -Rich Eisen

Fashion should be genderless; how people perceive the idea of beauty can vary from one to another. -Alessandro Michele

I don't have a gender thesis. I am truly optimizing for the right person for the task, whether that means running a company or working on my team. -Kirsten Green

You should never be put into a mold based on your gender. -Daya

When talented, qualified women take on greater responsibility, the simple fact of being talented and qualified is hardly enough to shield them from the gender-specific animosity that will come their way. -Kristen Soltis Anderson

How the hell can you change gender in the rural areas? I am a woman. We don't have good doctors; we are not rich to do such procedures. -Caster Semenya

I don't see gender when I look at the world. -Nithya Menen

Everyone – regardless of their background, wealth, race, faith, gender, sexual orientation or age – should be able to fulfil their potential and succeed. -Sadiq Khan

The 'X-Men' stories are the stories of outsiders: people who don't fit into normal society and are ostracised; it's a metaphor for gender, race, or sexual orientation. -Noah Hawley

To address what seems like an endless cycle of gender inequity in media, I believe we need to think beyond what our industry has already tried to do through mentorships and internships. We need to stop talking and start moving the needle, and one solution is to simply give women jobs. -Nancy Dubuc

Unless we make computer science a priority, we risk making gender, class, and racial disparities worse as jobs flow to those with a computer science background. -Susan Wojcicki

The #metoo campaign opened a particular window into the gender dynamics in technology, with many prominent women speaking out. -Emily Chang

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

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

Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice, and anyone who knows me and my work over the years knows that I am a firm believer and supporter in the rights of LGBT Americans. -Valerie Jarrett

I've fought to close the gender and racial pay gap for a very long time. One piece of advice I like to give whenever I'm speaking on the subject: if you want equal pay, join a union! I've never seen a union contract that pays women 79 cents to a man's dollar. -Jan Schakowsky

Preventing gender-based violence is critical to establishing safe, productive, and healthy workplaces for all. -Jan Schakowsky

I don't think we should be discriminating against anyone. Transgender people are people and deserve the best we can do for them. -Orrin Hatch

The best advice I give to young people starting out is choose your boss. Regardless of gender, I think it is important to have someone who supports you and lets you take risks without fear of failure. -Nancy Dubuc

I just wanted to kind of break down those gender stereotypes and just say everyone's equal, everyone's their own person, everyone's their own individual. -Little Simz

Soccer, more often than not, helps to unite the world. What this Muslim ban is doing is dividing it: separating 'Us' and 'Them' to another degree, adding more division to a country that already struggles with race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. -Becky Sauerbrunn

The women's national team is a very successful team, and that success has given us a platform to speak on gender equity issues. Millions of young women play soccer in this country, and it's empowering for them to see that our contribution to the game is valued. -Becky Sauerbrunn

As physics has proven, we're ultimately particulate matter, which means we are all one. That's why racial and gender bias is so ridiculous. -Valerie Harper

People are people, regardless of who they love or what gender they relate to. -Bill Foster

Too many people fought too hard to make sure all citizens of all colors, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities can vote to think that not voting somehow sends a message. -Luis Gutierrez

I had a really honest conversation with my husband about equal pay because we met on a movie where he was paid more than me just because of gender. -Kaya Scodelario

I think it's not an accident that you don't have that many Asian American women writers who are breaking out. I don't think it's an accident that you don't have that many Asian American writers, either women or men. I don't think that immigrants are encouraged to become artists. That's very gendered and racialized and ethnicized. -Min Jin Lee

What I want is a world where neither gender nor sex are destiny. Where no child is ever told there's anything they can't do, or must do, 'because you're a boy' or 'because you're a girl.' It's not a world where anything is 'taken' from anyone – it's one where everyone's possibilities are enlarged. -Naomi Alderman

People want to know and understand each other across lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability. -Jacqueline Woodson

I feel like you are allowed in fiction to embrace imagination and try to enter other worlds. And I feel like you should push yourself to try to persuade your reader that you have the authority to engage with people who, you know, lived in the past, who live in the future, other genders, other places, other cultures. -Anthony Doerr

I quite like the idea – just as an abstract idea – of 12 people's collective life experience and wisdom being this formidable thing. People say juries can be led – I think 12 people from different backgrounds, different races, different genders, different ages, it's hard to hoodwink. -Peter Morgan

I would like there to be gender equity. I would like the Broadway season to reflect sort of the demographic of the country. -Lynn Nottage

I want the Congress to become an instrument for dialogue among the Indian people – all of us, from all corners of our great country, all religions, all ethnicities, all ages, genders and people – and for our dialogue to always be led by love and affection. -Rahul Gandhi

U.N. employees, including senior leadership, should be selected based on merit and competence while continuing endeavors to achieve gender parity and geographical balance. -Miroslav Lajcak

Accenture has long been a champion of inclusion and diversity and, specifically, gender balance at every level of our organization, including our board of directors. -Pierre Nanterme

We know from our business with clients around the world that when companies bring together people of different genders, races, cultures, and perspectives, we are smarter, more creative, more innovative, and more relevant. -Pierre Nanterme

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

If you look around Booking.com, it's a very gender-balanced company. -Gillian Tans

I think companies need to take more ownership over the gender gap themselves because if everybody does that, then overall, it will improve. -Gillian Tans

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

Full social and political engagement is impossible without economic empowerment, a point that is as true for women as it is for young people of either gender. -Arancha Gonzalez

I have been talking to trade ministers in various countries who all say that gender inclusivity is important to them. We need to make this importance visible to the rest of the world and catalyse action towards more inclusive trade. -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

Governments can't credibly claim to be concerned about stagnant growth and ageing workforces unless they are actively seeking to empower women economically. One way they can speed up progress towards gender-equal economic opportunity is to change laws that are holding women back. -Arancha Gonzalez

I never intended to become a data head. I could never have predicted it would play such an important role in my life. Yet here we are: My Institute on Gender in Media has sponsored the largest amount of research ever done on gender depictions in media, covering a 20-year-plus span. -Geena Davis

Many businesses understand the advantages of gender parity. -Paul Polman

At Unilever, we are committed to building an inclusive organisation where all individuals feel safe, valued, and supported – irrespective of gender, background, or any other difference. -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

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

I've not been discriminated against, but I can see it happen. And not just race but gender and sexuality, too. It's stereotyping, lazy casting, which is an issue: that people can't see outside the box. -Georgina Campbell

I went to Macalester in Minnesota to study social psychology, the study of why people do what they do. I was really looking at race, population, gender, and how we psychologically function in a way that affects our societal outcomes around those issues. -Danai Gurira

My personal style really started in my teens when I gained purchasing power to actually buy my own damn clothes. For so long, my parents dictated what I wore, which largely was their way of containing me within the gender binary. -Janet Mock

Like many teens, I struggled with my body and looks, but my despair was amplified by the expectations of cisnormativity and the gender binary as well as the impossibly high beauty standards that I, and my female peers, measured myself against. -Janet Mock

Toughening up, performing masculinity, pretending to enjoy things I didn't enjoy all enabled me to dodge the gender policing of the adults around me. But the way I really was – the swished hips, the Double-Dutching, the hair flips – seemed to always prevail and attract Dad's disdain. -Janet Mock

I was in the seventh grade when I first began to identify as trans and express my gender identity as a girl. My social transition began with growing my hair and wearing clothes and makeup that made me feel like Destiny's Fourth Child. -Janet Mock

There's power in naming yourself, in proclaiming to the world that this is who you are. Wielding this power is often a difficult step for many transgender people because it's also a very visible one. -Janet Mock

Being trans, I've grown up with the understanding that most women are born girls, yet some are born boys. And most men are born boys, yet some are born girls. And if you're ready for this, some people are born girls or boys and choose to identify outside our society's binary system, making them genderqueer. -Janet Mock

Because trans people are marked as artificial, unnatural, and illegitimate, our bodies and identities are often open to public dissection. Plainly, cisgender folks often take it as their duty to investigate our lives to see if we're real. -Janet Mock

The transgender community has always been a part of Hawaiian society, where people who don't conform to the binary system of man/woman, masculine/feminine are accepted or, at minimum, tolerated. -Janet Mock

On my road to self-discovery, only certain terms were available – I didn't use 'trans' or 'transgender' until junior high school, but I was living as trans much earlier. -Janet Mock

Any woman's right to self-identify is a personal freedom I fight for, and those women who claim trans women are not women are perpetuators of gender-based oppression, and all feminists should be upset and moved to action against this. -Janet Mock

When you hear anyone policing the bodies of trans women, misgendering and othering us, and violently exiling us from spaces, you should not dismiss it as a trans issue that trans women should speak out against. You should be engaged in the dialogue, discourse, and activism that challenges the very fibers of your movement. -Janet Mock

We are building a country where a person's prospects are determined by their own initiative and hard work and not by the color of their skin, place of birth, gender, language, or income of their parents. -Cyril Ramaphosa

In working to end violence against women and children, we need to ensure that men are centrally involved. Men need to organise themselves in a sustained campaign against gender-based violence. -Cyril Ramaphosa

We remain a highly unequal society in which poverty and prosperity are still defined by race as well as gender. -Cyril Ramaphosa

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

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

It seems inevitable, if unfair, that when a woman is vying for a prominent position in office, her outfit choices will be analyzed to a degree considerably higher than those of her male counterpart by simple existence of gender stereotypes. -Leandra Medine

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

'Drag Race' has become a staple of modern television for the way it skewers expectations and attitudes about gender, much as a show like 'black-ish' works to challenge stereotypes about black families in America. -Jenna Wortham

The speed with which modern society has adapted to accommodate the world's vast spectrum of gender and sexual identities may be the most important cultural metamorphosis of our time. -Jenna Wortham

The people in the decision-making positions need to be thinking differently about who to hire, and looking more unsparingly at their choices. Why give this person a break over that person? Why give this person a second chance over that person? I do think that's where gender comes into play. -Karyn Kusama

On one hand, I think it's very important to talk about race and talk about gender, because if it's not talked about, then we won't progress. What I have a problem with is when it becomes another form of tokenization, of shrinking me into a symbol instead of a multilayered, female Asian artist. -Mitski

In any good piece of writing, it should be easy enough to switch genders. -Ruth Bradley

Very often, as an actress, there's some kind of stereotype, but with any good script, you should be able to swap the genders of all the characters, and it shouldn't make a huge difference. -Ruth Bradley

In an ideal world, we would be able to just swap characters' genders around because I don't ever wake up in the morning and think to myself, 'Oh I am such a woman today,' because that is just so ridiculous. -Ruth Bradley

There is so much room for gender-neutral characters. -Ruth Bradley

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

The proportion of women attracted to the Islamic State is likely to be less than that in other militant organisations, such as the Tamil Tigers, the PKK, and the IRA. Undoubtedly, their roles within the Islamic State are much more confined by the rigid gender divisions under their ultraconservative rulings. -Deeyah Khan

For me, if a company is really committed to diversity, that means everything. That means gender diversity, that means sexual orientation for me, that means race, ethnicity. -Kimberly Bryant

I liked art history. Also liked the gender ratio, especially compared to applied math and physics. -Jesse Andrews

Our sport is one of the few on the winter side that is so diverse. It shows we don't have to be limited by race or gender or whatever and how far we have come as a sport. -Elana Meyers

It would be easier for people to grasp that gender, sex, and sexual orientation are different things if we had as much imagination in real life as we do when we are making our movies. -Yance Ford

I don't think I present as gender-conforming on screen, but some people need a little extra information. -Yance Ford

I have been gender-nonconforming my entire life. -Yance Ford

How can our industry better represent the reality of our larger community and provide our next generation a proper example of what they see around them every single day? This representation should also look beyond race and include those of all body types, religion, sexuality, and gender identification. -Adwoa Aboah

The big trick is just to get to a point where we're just considered DPs, and we're not 'female DPs.' When you think of the word 'doctor' or 'teacher,' you don't think gender. And it would be nice to get to a place where 'DP' meant either and 'director' meant either and 'gaffer' meant either. -Rachel Morrison

For me, having a gender identity that was different from my sex assigned at birth and that wasn't seen by society felt like a constant feeling of homesickness – that unwavering ache in the pit of my stomach. -Sarah McBride

My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American. -Sarah McBride

It was easier to forget, or be dismissive about, transgender issues when there weren't transgender staffers or interns walking the halls of the White House. -Sarah McBride

When gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals come out, their friends and families, for the most part, understand what it feels like to love and to lust. Cisgender people have more of a challenge when it comes to transgender identities. I discovered that analogy of homesickness in conversations with my parents, in trying to bridge that empathy divide. -Sarah McBride

I've always been Sarah. My gender identity has always existed. I've always been a woman. Gay people aren't straight before they come out as gay, and transgender people are who they are before they come out and transition. -Sarah McBride

Put simply, barring transgender people from restrooms consistent with their gender identity doesn't help anyone, and continuing to allow transgender people to access those restrooms doesn't hurt anyone. -Sarah McBride

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

Days after being sworn in as the nation's top law enforcement officer, Trump's attorney general, the virulently anti-LGBTQ Jeff Sessions, revoked lifesaving guidance promoting the protection and dignity of transgender students. -Sarah McBride

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions are using their powers and offices to make life as difficult as possible for everyone from the transgender worker to the gay widower to the queer undocumented immigrant. These efforts are not about bathrooms or religious freedom; they're about driving LGBTQ people out of public life. -Sarah McBride

For my entire life, I've wrestled with my gender identity. -Sarah McBride

Access to public facilities like bathrooms is important for transgender people. But the fight for transgender rights does not begin and end at the bathroom door. -Sarah McBride

Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, face pervasive discrimination throughout life, including by those sworn to protect us. -Sarah McBride

Transgender people frequently face bias in court and are assigned unsupportive public defenders, factors which lead to more extreme sentences and longer incarcerations. -Sarah McBride

I remember, as a child, lying in my bed at night praying that I would wake up the next day and be a girl, to be my authentic self, and to just have my family be proud of me. I remember looking into the mirror struggling to say just two words, 'I'm transgender.' -Sarah McBride

During my sophomore year at American University, I was elected president of the student body. At the same time, I was struggling with my identity and whether or not to come out as transgender. -Sarah McBride

Too often, when transgender people die, family members or funeral homes will end up dressing a body of a transgender person in the garments of the gender that they were assigned at birth instead of their gender identity. They're often dead-named and misgendered. -Sarah McBride

The first time I heard the word 'transgender' had been in a sitcom episode that mocked the potential for cisgender people to find people like me attractive. Every time someone expressed any interest in the gorgeous trans guest character – her identity still a secret to most of the main characters in the show – the laugh track would cue. -Sarah McBride

Whenever you tell a group of people that they can't use bathrooms, or they can't access spaces that other people use, that is dehumanizing. It is discriminatory, and it reinforces the stigma and the prejudices that the transgender community already faces. -Sarah McBride

The Internet has been great for the LGBT community. I know many older transgender people who say, 'I didn't know there was a single person like me until I was 40.' I can't imagine growing up in my teenage years without access to that information. -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

I think that someday we will live in a world where transgender people will be viewed as the multidimensional people that we are. -Sarah McBride

I want to make sure that people understand that, behind this national conversation around transgender rights, there are real people who hurt when they're mocked, who hurt when they're discriminated against, and who just want to be treated with dignity and respect. -Sarah McBride

It's OK to be talking to one another about what it means to be transgender. We don't have to shield everyone from the existence of people like me. -Sarah McBride

Everyone's journey to coming out as transgender is different. For me, I've know that I'm transgender my entire life. -Sarah McBride

I think it's really difficult for folks that aren't transgender to really wrap their mind around the feeling of having a gender identity that differs from their sex assigned at birth. But for me, it felt like a constant feeling of homesickness. -Sarah McBride

I am a genderless sea creature who has been writing and studying music since I was 12. -Justin Tranter

I'd never seen anything like it in my life. Someone so blatantly challenging the ideas of race and gender and sexuality. In a way, it was comparable to David Bowie, except that Prince brought that to the black community. -Edward Enninful

My 'Vogue' is about being inclusive; it's about diversity. Showing different women, different body shapes, different races, class. To be tackling gender. -Edward Enninful

I never really considered myself much of a feminist until I left Wall Street. I did all the right things – such as put together gender-diverse teams – but feminism wasn't deep in my bones. -Sallie Krawcheck

We need policymakers to keep an eye on gender and write policies that are explicitly designed to include underserved populations like girls in computer science courses. -Reshma Saujani

I was a fan of the idea of Red Sonja, but the gender politics of the character made her hard to read, for me, at times. -Gail Simone

Red Sonja, she was a hellraiser before Buffy, Xena, and Ripley even existed. When so many heroines in comics were all hung up on romance and the bizarre gender politics of comics at the time, Sonja was out cutting off the heads of dragons and pirates. -Gail Simone

Sports fandom transcends gender, race, language, political preference, socioeconomic status, or any other way you can think of slicing this planet. -Mary Pilon

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

I've been speaking out about harassment and gender disparity for years. -Nell Scovell

I was ahead of the gender curve, but I wasn't ahead of the intersectionality curve, and I get it now. It's important to me. -Nell Scovell

I fantasize about the networks making a rule that each show's writing staff needs to reflect the gender and racial makeup of its audience. -Nell Scovell

There are certain expectations placed on writers if other people have put a value on their gender. I'm aware of the hundreds of tiny differences that happen when people are seeing your gender before they see something else. -Laeta Kalogridis

On one hand, my gender has never been an issue. The issue has always been what's on the page. But the reality is, an awful lot of women fought an awful lot of battles to get me to that place. -Laeta Kalogridis

I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. -Alyson Stoner

My definition of gender expands beyond just two genders. -Andy Dunn

There's something about doing Shakespeare with a single gender, whether it is all-male or all-female, that opens up certain possibilities. You are able to throw the behavior of the men into a particular relief and be playful within a slightly larger-than-life way with it. -Phyllida Lloyd

It is my firm belief that the highest value must be placed on the virtue of each individual, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. -Tennys Sandgren

Success in math and the hard sciences, far from being a matter of gender, is almost entirely dependent on culture – a culture that teaches girls math isn't cool and no one will date them if they excel in physics. -Eileen Pollack

I love the idea that we're going to be genderless and boundaryless in the future. -Amy Landecker

My sexuality's very fluid, and my gender is very fluid. -Amandla Stenberg

I don't think gender even exists. -Amandla Stenberg

As I started to explore my gender identity, I didn't know how I could claim the title of 'feminist' without subscribing to the gender binary. I thought I had to be a proud woman to be a feminist. Then I came to the realization that I can be proud of women without necessarily identifying as one. -Amandla Stenberg

I'm someone who is inspired by people who've spoken out about different racial and gender issues. -Amandla Stenberg

I've always seen the world as very gender-neutral. -Nina Tassler

I think gender parity is a crucial part of any healthy society. It's applicable to the entire world. -Margaret Qualley

I never saw gender as a barrier. -Stephanie McMahon

I think anybody has – regardless of your gender, we all have equal value. If you have value to bring and value to provide, you just have to be willing to use your voice. -Stephanie McMahon

Women put ourselves through so much. Really, everybody does; it's not a gendered thing. I think all of us are always gonna be tortured by some sense of inadequacy, no matter what. I don't know if there's a way to tell people not do this to themselves. -Keala Settle

We like to imagine that women would do a better job of ruling the world – and I'm one of those optimists – but women aren't a superior kind of life form just because of our gender. We're awesome but not perfect. We're human. Just like men. -Marjorie Liu

Even though society has come a long way in correcting the inequalities between men and women in the workplace, it still has to be said that women are oftentimes subconsciously playing to the gender roles which we are taught from birth. -Bozoma Saint John

The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the real world. To be 'othered' within the industry is a reflection of where we have been cast in the outside world, existing in the margins of society for decades witnessing cisgendered, heterosexual whiteness as the clearly defined default to which we must cater. -Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

Professional fights between men and women send the message that violence between men and women is appropriate. In most homes, that's not a fair fight, which is why I'm against intergender boxing. -Thomas Hauser

One thing standing in the way of further progress for many men is the same obstacle that held women back for so long: overinvestment in their gender identity instead of their individual personhood. -Stephanie Coontz

Our goal should be to develop work-life policies that enable people to put their gender values into practice. So let's stop arguing about the hard choices women make and help more women and men avoid such hard choices. -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

Being a feminist is not about how successful, talented, and assertive you are in your own life. It's about whether you support the struggle to overcome the limiting gendered stereotypes and barriers that force so many women to restrict their aspirations as workers, to fulfill their aspirations as parents, and force so many men to do the opposite. -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

We need to push for work-family practices and policies that allow individuals to customize their work lives according to their changing individual preferences and family obligations, not just their traditional gender roles. -Stephanie Coontz

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

For Marvel, we've never looked at any of our characters in terms of gender, race, or religion. It truly is about, who is the best character for the story? If that character happens to be a woman, fantastic. -Jeph Loeb

I guess people have this image of women being more compassionate, being the mother, being caring, but I don't know if that's true. I think it's an image we've all carried over the years. I never want to attribute certain qualities to gender. -Caroline Dhavernas

These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay, or transgender – this organization really is saving lives. -Bea Arthur

In the end, we all seek one thing in life, regardless of gender: to be recognized for the hard work we have done and to leave our sport or business or entity in a better place than when we came in. -Julie Foudy

If you're a man, you're a man. If you're a woman, you're a woman. You use the bathroom of your gender. If you can't figure it out, I'm not sure I can help you. -Todd Wilcox

We cannot solve the STEM gender gap without solving it for millennials. They're our first digital natives, and they're willing to learn quickly. -Caroline Ghosn

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

Every woman who proves that it is not about gender but about excellence paves the way. -Belinda Johnson

Look, does gender play a part in how people perceive Hillary Clinton? Yes. But it's also not the reason people criticize her about the emails or Benghazi. -Ana Navarro

It's quite unbelievable that Charlie Crist is getting away with this reinvention of himself – this rewriting of history for blatantly political purposes. Other than his gender, the guy has flip-flopped on everything, and I don't put that past him either. -Ana Navarro

I always supported gay issues, but I never understood transgender issues. But after I heard Bruce Jenner speak so honestly, so sincerely, and so relatably, I totally got it. I totally understood what he was saying – it was so compelling. -Lynda Carter

Dressing in an androgynous way, mixing up the masculine and feminine, blurring those boundaries – I'm cool with that. No one should ever be limited by stereotypes of gender, just as no one should ever be limited by stereotypes of race. -Marley Dias

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

There is – and always will be – the legacy of chattel slavery in this nation, an obsession with racial and gender differences, but I think that, at its best, this nation is capable of creating standards for itself and reaching towards those standards. -Kehinde Wiley

In a sense, we are all victims of the misogyny and racism that exist in the world, no matter what our gender or race happens to be. -Kehinde Wiley

We need to overcome the stereotype that genders aren't fluid. -Barbie Ferreira

Love doesn't care how much money you have. It doesn't care who your parents are. It doesn't care if you're gay, straight, or transgender. -Rumer Willis

My definition of feminism is a social, political, economic system by which all genders are valued, respected, and can live dignified lives. -Alicia Garza

We understand that, in our communities, black trans folk, gender-nonconforming folk, black queer folk, black women, black disabled folk – we have been leading movements for a long time, but we have been erased from the official narrative. -Alicia Garza

When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when anti-racism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other, and both interests lose. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

'Separate but unequal' didn't work in respect to race, it doesn't work in respect to gender, and it especially doesn't work when looking at the intersection of race and gender. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

In every generation and in every intellectual sphere and in every political moment, there have been African American women who have articulated the need to think and talk about race through a lens that looks at gender or think and talk about feminism through a lens that looks at race. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Feminists must denounce the use of white insecurity – whether in relation to white womanhood, white neighborhoods, white politics, or white wealth – to justify the brutal assaults against black people of all genders. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

A lot of people think that intersectionality is only about identity. But it's also about how race and gender are structured in particular workforces. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity. -Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

I still believe a little bit that changing gender roles have hurt relationships. -Kenya Barris

Socially conscious brands engender more loyalty. -Daniel Lubetzky

Objecting to someone because of his religious beliefs is not the same thing as prejudice based on religious heritage, race, or gender. -Jacob Weisberg

I had the idea that I'm going to make a trans-genre film about a transgender woman. -Sebastian Lelio

I'm not saying transgender characters should be only interpreted by transgender actors – because that would be as rigid as saying transgender actors cannot play cisgender roles, and that's not the idea. -Sebastian Lelio

Children's picture books are a unique record of social evolution: in gender roles and racial politics, as is much discussed, but also in fashion and interior design. -Rumaan Alam

For me, coming from the women's movement, politics is not just about parties and parliament. There is politics in our private space and in gender relations as well. Wherever there's power, there's politics. -Elif Safak

Never allow other people to classify you based on your past and current circumstances, where you were born, your experiences, your gender, or your race. -Clemantine Wamariya

I'm trying to show everybody that I'm a girl, and I'm five foot four, and you can do anything you want, no matter your gender. It's your world, too! -Billie Eilish

I feel like so many people invalidate the experience of transgender girls thinking that they aren't regular girls, but I am a normal girl. -Jazz Jennings

Let's face it: your average straight, cis-gender teenage boy isn't going to pursue a relationship with a trans-girl. -Jazz Jennings

I have a bunch of transgender friends, but they're all spread out across the country. -Jazz Jennings

I hope to stop discrimination against young transgender people. -Jazz Jennings

A lot of straight and transgender boys get in touch with me through my website and social media. They tell me I'm inspirational and beautiful. It boosts my self-esteem. -Jazz Jennings

Having transgender characters leads to more visibility, which creates education. Education can hopefully lead to everyone treating our community with acceptance and love. -Jazz Jennings

I definitely feel that society sets expectations for transgender people to fit in and makes us feel as if we have to dress a certain way so that we blend in with everyone else. But I believe all transgender individuals should be able to wear whatever they want and not worry about fitting in. -Jazz Jennings

I think being a teenager is a difficult journey in and of itself, but being transgender makes it that much harder. -Jazz Jennings

So many transgender people in the community are being covered with this umbrella of misconception that we are going to hurt someone. But we are not trying to hurt anyone. -Jazz Jennings

I know that one day all transgender individuals will have the freedom to be who they are, no matter what. And we won't have to face the cruel judgments of society. We can just live our lives and be treated and respected like everyone else. -Jazz Jennings

Seeing states like North Carolina enacting these bathroom bills that are banning transgender individuals from using the restrooms they identify as… it's complete discrimination. -Jazz Jennings

I want to help transgender individuals who might be struggling realize that they have to love themselves and stay true to who they are because if they keep moving forward, and keep a positive attitude, then things will get better. -Jazz Jennings

We just want to help people understand that it's okay to be transgender, and they're just like everyone else. -Jazz Jennings

As a transgender child, I was always looking around for someone like me, because I thought I was the only one. It's hard to feel like that. But having support from my family changed everything. They helped me love myself and embrace who I am. -Jazz Jennings

Being transgender is not just a medical transition. -Jazz Jennings

If someone's OK with being the 'transgender girl,' that's fine, but that's not me. -Jazz Jennings

Progress can't happen just from trans people being out in the open. Society also has to truly accept transgender individuals. If society is capable of treating us equally, then we can and will live authentically. -Jazz Jennings

I wouldn't change myself at all. Being transgender makes me who I am: a strong person, a confident person. Being transgender gives me my personality. -Jazz Jennings

As I got older, I learned about how some people treated their transgender children, and I was shocked. I couldn't understand how someone would leave their child and throw them on the street. I was always taught you give your kid unconditional love and if you don't, something's wrong with you, for real. -Jazz Jennings

'I Am Jazz' was more for children to understand what it means to be transgender, but with 'Being Jazz,' I wanted to get the universal message across that we are all just people, and we have to live our lives authentically. -Jazz Jennings

Being transgender isn't a medical transition. It's a process of learning to love yourself for who you are. -Jazz Jennings

I wish everything was gender neutral. I wish we weren't separated by boundaries like pink and blue and little things like that. I wish we could choose how we express ourselves without hate. -Jazz Jennings

Being transgender has completely turned boys off from liking me. -Jazz Jennings

There are so few books for little kids that actually mention the word transgender and explain what it is in simple terms. -Jazz Jennings

For transgender kids who are struggling, I want them to know they're not alone. They shouldn't be afraid to step out of their shadows. -Jazz Jennings

A lot of insurance companies don't protect transgender people because they think it's medically unnecessary, but we deserve to be covered, and this is life-saving treatment. -Jazz Jennings

I want it to be that transgender is normal. Let us live our lives. Let us be happy. The world will be a better place when we have that freedom. I think I'm going to be alive to see it. -Jazz Jennings

I think that's important – that transgender individuals are just like everyone else. We have our interests, our hobbies, our things we like to do. And people have to understand that. -Jazz Jennings

I think that a lot of people don't understand how much discrimination transgender people actually face. They think that we're just kind of saying it to put it out there and get sympathy, but that's not true at all. -Jazz Jennings

It's something you're born with, and you realize that you're trapped in the wrong body. It's not like one day you're like, 'I want to be transgender!' -Jazz Jennings

Being transgender is more than just medical books and everything, procedures. It's something spiritual in which you're finding yourself and really discovering who you are and learning to love yourself. -Jazz Jennings

Michelle Obama is extraordinary, but she is also the kind of woman that exists in a way that is – she's a hundred percent relatable to all kinds of people, all genders all around the world. -Amy Sherald

Big Data is neither color-blind nor gender-blind. We can see how it is used in marketing to segment people. -Kate Crawford

The gender parity is something that has been organic to Eventbrite since we started building a team. -Julia Hartz

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

Policing was developed, created, and implemented for the elite, and – in the case of the United States – the elites were and almost entirely remain white, upper middle class, cisgender straight men. -Patrisse Cullors

We must make sure #MeToo breaks the race, class, gender, and faith lines that make it so hard for marginalized people to be heard. -Mona Eltahawy

Don't think of your gender as a handicap. -Reed Morano

Directing is not about gender. Directing is individual to the actual individual. From woman to woman, directing is completely different. It's about giving more than half the population a chance to express themselves, you know what I mean? It doesn't always mean it's going to be more sensitive. -Reed Morano

All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality. -Andreja Pejic

A lot of people, when they look at the whole trans thing, they think,'Oh, you're transgender, and in the fashion industry, which is very pro-LGBT, so you don't have any problems because it's a progressive place.' But that's not the reality. -Andreja Pejic

To demand that people find their assigned narrow corridors of culture or ethnicity or gender, expecting people to forevermore stay in that lane, is to limit our human potential. It's oppressive. -Andreja Pejic

I definitely did look back into the past when I was a teenager for transgender icons, like a famous model called Tula in the 1970s-'80s who starred as a 'Bond' girl. -Andreja Pejic

When I reflect on the Colbert interview, it moved so quickly that what we didn't do was define white privilege, and I wish we had done that. White privilege is the benefit resulting from white being seen as the standard, regardless of gender and income. -DeRay Mckesson

Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that's inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality, or ability. -Opal Tometi

Before my mother was a King, she climbed trees and wrestled with boys. And won. Even as a child, Coretta Scott demonstrated that her gender would not deter her success, nor did it detract from her strength. -Bernice King

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

I've been lucky. I've been at a place that's a meritocracy. It doesn't really matter that much what your gender is if you do the work well. -Mildred Dresselhaus

It doesn't matter what gender you are, or it doesn't matter what other background you come from: everybody deals with insecurity. -Katy Mixon

On 'Transparent,' I work closely with LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming people who are now my close friends – truth be told, we're all more like family. -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

Bangkok is one of those places where it's so rich and full of tradition, but they're so open to different people – different gender expressions and gender identities. As a gay man, I never once felt uncomfortable there. As a black man, I never once felt uncomfortable. -Karamo Brown

Be able to see people's humanity. I think the way that you do that and see people for more than their surface value is, say, you're reading something in the news: the gender pay gap, or gay adoption, anything that involves a group of people being marginalized. -Jonathan Van Ness

Black people come in so many different bodies, genders, and sexualities, so it's important that we're conscious of that so we can fight for a world that embraces and uplifts black people of every kind. Our voices are powerful and have the ability to make change. -Franchesca Ramsey

I never write something and consciously embed political commentary or any other kind of commentary. I just try to get the characters into a room or out of a room, or onto the plane, or through the grocery store. The political stuff, the class stuff, the gender stuff, is in the air, it's in their interactions, because it's there for all of us. -Curtis Sittenfeld

The work that needs to be done now is to diversify the picture of LGBTQ people so that people can see that we come from all races, different genders; we have trans people. -Wilson Cruz

'When Katie Met Cassidy' is a romantic comedy about two very different women who find themselves uncontrollably drawn to one another. Issues of gender and sexuality play their part in the novel, but first and foremost, it's a fun, fast-paced love story. -Camille Perri

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 think that the fact of the matter is that metal isn't really part of the big picture of the gay, lesbian, transgender music scene. But it's certainly there. There's gay metalheads all over the world. -Rob Halford

Part of the core information that I've been purveying is that identity politics is a sick game. You don't play racial, ethnic, and gender identity games. The Left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let's say, and the Right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they're equally dangerous. -Jordan Peterson

What I would love to happen is to have people at the top of their game – straight, gay, cisgender, transgender, whatever – to volunteer with us, as long as they have something of value to offer and they see the value in our community. -Angelica Ross

It's true. I'm not a spokesperson. But I can say now that transgendered people like to be heard and to be respected. -Kate Pierson

All our friends – so many friends are gay or lesbian and transgender. We're just in that world. We all went through the devastating time of the AIDS crisis, and I think that galvanized us to be more activists – AIDS activists. -Kate Pierson

I decided on a chocolate business. I love the history of chocolate and making it and the fact that people of any gender, age, and race enjoy it. I found a space in Brooklyn that had not been used in 30 years. Then I talked to an investor who wanted more than 50 percent of the business. -Jacques Torres

I wanted to explore expectations we have of people – what a woman should be, what a man should be. And if they don't meet our own interpretation of who they should be because of their gender, their background, their ethnic group, we then come to conclusions about them that are not accurate. -Ayobami Adebayo

I remember in 2004, I had three gorgeous transgender models on the runway. That was my strength, in a way. That I did what I thought was gonna work, and I never paid attention to the industry's rules. -Betsey Johnson

As governor, I would gladly sign legislation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Other states have led on these issues, and I firmly believe that Ohio must provide an inclusive, welcoming, and tolerant environment that is free of harassment and discrimination for everyone. -Richard Cordray

Civic poetry is public poetry. It is political poetry. It is about the hard stuff of life: money, crime, gender, corporate excess, racial injustice. It gives expression not just to our rites but also to our problems and even our values; these poems are not about rustic vacations. -Alissa Quart

I saw my gender – and myself – as something of a construct. Like anyone who read one too many women studies' books in the 1990s, I aspired to both 'do' and undo my sex. -Alissa Quart

My family was, I think, a bit more radical than most Mormons, especially on the question of gender. So in my mind, growing up, there wasn't ever any question of what my future would look like. I would get married when I was 17 or 18. And I would be given some corner of the farm, and my husband would put a house on it, and we would have kids. -Tara Westover

Those of us engaged in the practice of science come to feel a certain reverence for it, engendered by its demonstrable power to dissect, clarify, and explain what previously was unexplainable, and thus to improve the human condition. -Carolyn Porco

Arguably, my student status and perhaps my gender were also my downfall with respect to the Nobel Prize, which was awarded to Professor Antony Hewish and Professor Martin Ryle. At the time, science was still perceived as being carried out by distinguished men. -Jocelyn Bell Burnell

I never went through a gender identity problem, but I did with my sexuality. -Robert Lepage

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

As far as the adjectives that I lead with, I think a writer and a comedienne are first. I have never qualified my experience or gender or my race, although I know that's a huge component on how that is used. But I think in order for me to do my job effectively, I have to really be the best at what it is I'm doing. -Natasha Rothwell

I'm still angry at so much – class, gender, society, the way we are constantly mentally coerced into behaving a certain way without us even knowing it. I feel so oppressed by the weight of it all that I just want to blow a hole in it all. -Viv Albertine

I've worked a lot with kids who identify as LGBTQ or gender nonconforming, and they are unquestionably some of the bravest people I've ever met. -Becky Albertalli

If a woman is successful, then she's deemed to be the exception that proves the rule. If a woman fails, well, we're all failures. That kind of underlying approach to our gender doesn't seem to me to have changed an iota. -Glenda Jackson

What interested me, was that as we age, those seemingly unbreakable barriers that define us, our gender, they begin to crack, to blur; they're not absolutes anymore. -Glenda Jackson

I think the world is kind of catching on that gender roles aren't so necessary and becoming a lot less defined and starting to become a lot more about the individual and character of that person. -Mia Goth

Drag is literally so ancient that it predates modern understanding of gender, of transness, of queerness. Drag predates modern ideas of gender, of theater at all. Drag predates the word 'drag' itself. -Sasha Velour

I hope that people look at Brooklyn as kind of a drag utopia, because that's what it's been in my experience – all genders and bodies and ages doing drag. -Sasha Velour

There are no limits to what kind of bodies, which types of people, which genders, or what races can do amazing drag, and I think the audience is clamoring fighting with each other more and more to see drag represented as fully as it possibly can be. -Sasha Velour

My own experience of gender has been about a lot of fluidity. In drag, I like to combine aspects of masculinity and femininity and rewrite the rules for those. -Sasha Velour

As a drag performer, my identity exists in music, art, and fashion, not in any one 'language' of gender or 'appearance.' -Sasha Velour

No matter what you're doing, whether it's a makeup tutorial or an interview or a lip sync, performance is the essence of drag. It is gender performance. Being able to produce a performance is what a superstar has to do. -Sasha Velour

A lot of people still have the idea that drag goes from one end of the gender spectrum to the other end of the gender spectrum, and they expect drag queens to be masculine out of drag and hyper-feminine in drag. I think that portrays a lot of binary thinking and, ultimately, a lot of misogyny. -Sasha Velour

Drag, at its core, is about honoring yourself and your own unique way of being a gendered, queer person. Your own unique way of using fashion to express yourself. -Sasha Velour

'Drag Race' doesn't claim to represent drag as a whole. 'Drag Race' is a reality show. If you see real drag shows, we just do drag and respect each other's art and who your real identity is – name, gender, hair color, anything. -Trixie Mattel

When people say stuff to us casually in reviews, if they write about it in a condescending way with really gendered language, that's not really about me. It used to hurt my feelings more than it does now. That's not about us as a band or me as a person. That's about how you feel about women, and that's a societal thing. -Lauren Mayberry

Every conversation we have as a band is about gender in some way, and it's been like that from the beginning. -Lauren Mayberry

I think it's good that we're talking about it, but I think there's still a gendered nature to the way that people see female directors' skill sets. And I think we need to keep examining that. I don't know if people know how complicated the issue really is. -Susanna Fogel

The gender is irrelevant; the identity is the one you should try and create for yourself by yourself, and the narrative of your own life becomes your own book. -Genesis P-Orridge

I find it sad that people think it's a political, gender-bending thing, because, really, I'm just singing about guys. There's a million guys singing about girls, and no one makes a big deal of it. -Hunx

Really go out of your way to hire women, people of color, homosexuals, transgendered people – go out of your way to hire them. -Brett Gelman

For a long time, I really blithely walked around in the world imagining that gender didn't matter any more and behaving like I was on equal footing with other people. And I think, for a long time, it was easy to live in the world that way. -Kerry Bishe

I think it can be difficult for young lesbian or young gay, bisexual, transgender to come out and be open with who they are because there's such a huge stigma attached to that preference of their sexuality. -Nafessa Williams

Partly because women in the U.S. are better represented in the hierarchies, the culture wars over gender there have been particularly fierce. -Linda Colley

There's something not right with a person's soul when they judge another human being to be less adequate because of their gender or skin color. -Lexi Alexander

Truth: I loathe the idea of being hired because of my gender, and I shudder at the thought that one day I show up on set, and half of the crew thinks, 'Here comes the quota hire.' -Lexi Alexander

In terms of writing and developing, TV is very open because TV needs stories. They need new pitches, and they need new ideas. They don't always take the risk for new ideas, but they are certainly open to it. They can't have enough people come in and pitch to them. It doesn't matter how they look or what gender they are. -Lexi Alexander

It's almost comical how un-liberal liberal Hollywood is when it comes to fighting gender and racial bias. -Lexi Alexander

If you don't know somebody, whether you're inquiring into their sex or their gender, it's invasive. -Hari Nef

My experience with 'Transparent' has completely spoiled me because it was the safest, most transpositive set ever. I didn't have to worry about all the usual things – like when people have a vision of your transness that you're not comfortable with. When they don't know the correct gender pronouns by which to refer to you. -Hari Nef

I think that often my work is obscured by my gender identity. -Hari Nef

I feel like so much of mainstream feminism springs from the second wave, which was essentially a discourse spearheaded by white, cisgender, upper middle class women. I feel – especially as I'm trying to negotiate this new female space with the feminism that's available to me – there are a lot of places where I'm disenfranchised. -Hari Nef

I could have hidden in Boston and lived at home for three years, gone through my transition, taken voice lessons to make my voice more feminine, gotten gender reassignment surgery, and spent time to complete my transition, but I didn't want to wait. I wanted to be in the world. -Hari Nef

What we really need to look at is gender fluidity and the idea that gender can be customised however you want. -Hari Nef

I don't want the same trans story to be told over and over again. I don't want people to get stuck on this very western idea of what it means to be transgender. -Hari Nef

If you're anything other than a white, cisgender, able-bodied dude, people are going to project narratives, imagery, and context onto you that you might not necessarily see for yourself. -Hari Nef

I'm fun, ruthless, articulate, impatient, maybe a little cavalier. I'm a woman and a feminist. I'm transgender. I'm an actress, a reluctant writer, occasionally a potato-shaped model. -Hari Nef

When I governed, the overwhelming mindset of the media was to dismiss out of hand any suggestion that anything happening to me was in any way related to gender. -Julia Gillard

If a man aspires for a political career, he can start at 18 and go on and on. This is not true about women, who fall back when marriage and children happen, which are equally important. That is not gender bias. -Jaggi Vasudev

I don't believe that we – and this holds true for both genders – have as many choices as we seem to like to think. -Justine Musk

I'm so glad that we have had so many consequential rallies and parades which have now educated people and made them stand up for the third gender and give them the absolute place in our society that they deserve. There should have never been a division in the first place, though. -Kubra Sait

One may assume that playing a transgender is different, but I'm simply playing a third gender. Why should it make my acting process any different? -Kubra Sait

Transgender doesn't need to imply loud. -Kubra Sait

Not being treated OK is something everyone can relate to, no matter what age or gender. -Sigrid

I like diversity. I'd like there to be all levels of gay and straight, all different variations of gender, all colors, all creeds. I'm into seeing that. -LP

Let's make it clear: women are sexier than men. They are a prettier gender than their male counterparts. And then, if a woman is comfortable showing her mid-riff on-screen, what is the other's problem? Why does she face body shaming? Does a man face the same while going shirtless? -Kriti Kharbanda

The fact I'm the third female Prime Minister, I never grew up believing my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted. -Jacinda Ardern

I never, ever grew up as a young woman believing that my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted. -Jacinda Ardern

I definitely try not to get too caught up in putting too much of a gender or age assessment on everything – I've just got to get on with it. -Jacinda Ardern

Transgender casting is a kind of literalism. It is the same with racial casting. This means that you can now only play Othello if you are black. There is something quite tainted about it. It is a form of racism in itself. -Steven Berkoff

We have some amazing people that are standing up for transgender people, and it's very cool to see that. -Vanessa Ray

Every single lesbian and transgender woman is a woman. -Patricia Arquette

A hero could be anyone who does something heroic, irrespective of the gender. -Vicky Kaushal

All I can say is that, as an industry, we are trying to come together and find a way of constructively making a system where we all have a safe environment, and it's going on. I am part of that, and I hope that we come up with a constructive system which is equal and genderless for every human being. -Radhika Apte

Why are we only talking about gender discrimination. We need to focus on the other kinds of discriminations in practice. -Radhika Apte

There are hierarchies in B-Town regarding many things, not just gender. Men also go through a lot in this industry. -Radhika Apte

I think that it is too common for white feminists to say, 'We want some diversity. Come join our movement about gender, but we want you to check the class and race at the door.' And you can't undo that braid of race, class, and gender: all three intersect with each other, so it's important for more education to be done about that. -Rachel Dolezal

My characters have never waged a war against any gender. They are all about friendship and being loyal to your friends. -Kartik Aaryan

When I do makeup, it's performative. I don't really wear makeup, but I use it as a tool to talk about gender and sexuality. -King Princess

I'm just playing songs for my friends and for people, and they're just like, 'Wow, this is powerful.' I'm excited. It's also important that, in the record, I move the focus a little bit away from me to more about the things that I think about, communities like drag, gender expression, and friendship-concepts that go beyond me. -King Princess

I wrote about ladies who had come through the studio. I get asked, 'Is it a choice to gender the music or put pronouns in?' and for me, it just wasn't a choice. -King Princess

I'm a great example of somebody who is gay but exists on a very complicated gender spectrum. I'm okay with that uncertainty, and I'm okay with existing in a gray area and not always being sure. -King Princess

I think it's so funny because straight people just don't think about gender in their songs, or making a statement by talking about love. -King Princess

King Princess is like an attitude. I take comfort in it as kind of a shield to exist in, where I can make cohesive art. And it's androgynous, which is intentional. It's important to me that my art exist in a kind of neutral space, genderless to some degree. And give the listener some imagery to hold on to. -King Princess

I think that there are all these amazing figures in our history – the Bowies, the Tina Turners, the Chers, the people who are, in many ways, genderless or represent 'the other' – and I want pop music, and other queer artists – Kehlani, Perfume Genius – these people are bringing queer narratives into people's minds. -King Princess

We owe it to the audience to put more characters onscreen that reflect them and that speak to issues of race and gender as well as to a character's sexual preference. -Nina Jacobson

I've always been very vocal, but there have been moments where I've found it difficult to negotiate things that are about gender. -Ruth Wilson

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