Quotations about equality and equity. Equality is about being equal in worth, rights, status, and opportunity. Sometimes equal treatment results in unfair and unequal outcomes, when people don’t start on an equal footing. The concept of equity has been used to emphasize that some may need more resources in order to achieve actual equality. See also: Justice Quotes.

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That equality is a good thing, a fine goal, may be generally accepted. What is lacking is a sense of the monstrosity of inequality.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.

— Abraham Lincoln

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

— Agnes Macphail

We cannot reform institutional racism or systemic policies if we are not actively engaged. It’s not enough to simply complain about injustice; the only way to prevent future injustice is to create the society we would like to see, one where we are all equal under the law.

— Al Sharpton

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

— Alice Paul

Black Lives Matter.

— Alicia Garza

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

— Alveda King

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

— Anatole France, 1894

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

— Andrea Dworkin

Slowly … the truth is dawning upon women, and still more slowly upon men, that woman is no stepchild of nature, no Cinderella of fate to be dowered only by fairies and the Prince; but that for her and in her, as truly as for and in man, life has wrought its great experiences, its master attainments, its supreme human revelations of the stuff of which worlds are made.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

Can a woman become a genius of the first class? Nobody can know unless women in general shall have equal opportunity with men in education, in vocational choice, and in social welcome of their best intellectual work for a number of generations.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

At the outstart of discussions of women’s intellectual attainments, it is well to remember how few are the men of the first rank.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement in a manner that would be amusingly absurd were it not so monstrously unjust and socially harmful.

— Anna Garlin Spencer, Woman’s Share in Social Culture, 1912

Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? ‘Keep her,’ I replied…. The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.

— Anna Quindlen

… those who can serve best, those who help most, those who sacrifice most, those are the people who will be loved in life and honoured in death, when all questions of colour are swept away and when in a free country free citizens shall meet on equal grounds.

— Annie Besant

If liberty and equality… are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

— Aristotle

The real radical is that person who has a vision of equality and is willing to do those things that will bring reality closer to that vision. . .

— Bayard Rustin

As all advocates of feminist politics know most people do not understand sexism or if they do they think it is not a problem. Masses of people think that feminism is always and only about women seeking to be equal to men. And a huge majority of these folks think feminism is anti-male. Their misunderstanding of feminist politics reflects the reality that most folks learn about feminism from patriarchal mass media.

— bell hooks

Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege. I want to live in a world where all women have access to education, and all women can earn PhD’s, if they so desire. Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.

— bell hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism

We don’t want so much to see a female Einstein become an assistant professor. We want a woman schlemiel to get promoted as quickly as a male schlemiel.

— Bella Abzug

The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.

— Betty Ford

I consider myself 100 percent a feminist, at odds with the feminist establishment in America. For me the great mission of feminism is to seek the full political and legal equality of women with men. However, I disagree with many of my fellow feminists as an equal opportunity feminist, who believes that feminism should only be interested in equal rights before the law. I utterly oppose special protection for women where I think that a lot of the feminist establishment has drifted in the last 20 years.

— Camille Paglia

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

— Carl Schurz

A minority group has “arrived” only when it has the right to produce some fools and scoundrels without the entire group paying for it.

— Carl T. Rowan

In the adjustment of the new order of things, we women demand an equal voice; we shall accept nothing less.

— Carrie Chapman Catt

In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.

— Catharine MacKinnon

I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.

— Clara Barton

How can we speak to each other like equals when one of us is holding a gun?

— Cliff James, Life As A Kite

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.

— Confucius

All we seek is an America where every person is given the chance to productively contribute to his country and where he can receive a fair and equitable share of the wealth that production creates.

— Coretta Scott King

History suggests that even in a full democracy, the risk that the 5,000 will dominate is much greater than the threat that the 5,000,000 will expropriate the 5,000.

— David Stasavage

Just think — guns have a constitutional amendment protecting them and women don’t.

— Eleanor Smeal

The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Change comes, when every person is adequately benefited. We keep hearing about “change.” Change will never come to all of society. Change can only come when the market system adequately provides all of the needs for all people.

— Ellen J. Barrier

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.

— Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

We’ve got a generation now who were born with semi-equality. They don’t know how it was before, so they think, this isn’t too bad. We’re working. We have our attache’ cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don’t realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.

— Erma Bombeck

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

— Eugene V. Debs

There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.

— Francis Bacon

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

— Franklin Leonard

In socialism, private property is anathema, and equal distribution of income the first consideration. In capitalism, private property is cardinal, and distribution left to ensue from the play of free contract and selfish interest on that basis, no matter what anomalies it may present.

— George Bernard Shaw

Women have convinced ourselves that we can do what men can do. But we haven’t convinced ourselves and therefore haven’t convinced our country, that men can do what women can do.

— Gloria Steinem

This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour in which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.

— Gloria Steinem

Tout moun se moun, men tout moun pa menm. (All people are human, but all humans are not the same.)
Tout mon se moun. Pa gen moun pase moun. (All people are human. One person is not more important than the other.)

— Haitian proverb, different forms

If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

— Harriet Martineau

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.

— Harry A. Blackmun

The defect of equality is that we desire it only with our superiors.

— Henry Becque

Above all, how did liberty relate to other great aims? Some Americans felt that the pursuit of liberty ultimately would safeguard other values, such as order and equality; others saw order and authority as prior goals in protecting liberty.

— James MacGregor Burns, The American Experiment

[We must] live in such justice and equity with our neighbors that we demonstrate thereby that we are true children of God.

— John Calvin, John Calvin: Justice Is a Form of Worship by Kevin P. Emmert

The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education … (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society.

— John Dewey
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