QUOTES: ON GENDER EQUALITY

“Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.” – Margaret Mead, anthropologist

“It’s sad that in this world, people would rather see two men holding guns, killing each other, than to see two men, holding hands, loving one another.”

“All this talk about equality, the only thing people really have in common is that they’re all going to die.”
-Bob Dylan

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
-Maya Angelou

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People: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 04, 1968) was an American clergyman, activity, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using non-violent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism. (note: photo and information from Wikipedia)

“I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right, and that is good.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external, physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you also refuse to hate him.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”

“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this mas, what will happen to me?’; but the good samaritan reversed the question, ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to me?'”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

Life Lesson: On Gender Equality and Double Standards

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A Mind-Opener from Nancy Smith

For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong;
There is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.

For every woman who is tired of acting dumb;
There is a man who is burdened with the responsibility of ‘knowing everything’.

For every woman who is tired of being called an ‘emotional female’;
There is a man who is denied the right to weep and be gentle.

For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes;
There is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove he is masculine.

For every woman who is tired of being a sex object;
There is a man who must worry about his potency.

For every woman who feels ‘tied down’ by her children;
There is a man who is denied the full pleasure of parenthood.

For every woman who is denied meaningful employment and equal pay;
There is a man who must bear the financial responsibility for another human being.

For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile;
There is a man who was not taught the satisfaction of cooking.

For every woman who takes a step towards her own liberation;
There is a man who finds that the way to freedom has been made a little easier.