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

- Bryce Dallas Howard

“ The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone. ”

- Pope John XXIII

“ If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. ”

- Aristotle

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

- Sarah MacLean

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

- Herodotus

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

- David Cameron

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

- Alexis de Tocqueville

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

- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“ 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

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

- Janez Drnovsek

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

- Bianca Jagger

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

- Christine Pelosi

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

- Betty Buckley

“ If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim. ”

- Robert Kennedy

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

- Morris Dees

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

- Ban Ki-moon

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

- Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

“ 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

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

- Olivia Thirlby

“ 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