October 16th is Blog Action Day (#BAD14) and globally all bloggers are writing on #Inequality in all its shade and colours. Whether its economic inequality or gender inequality, many people have something to say about discrimination meted out to them because of their race, gender, age, location, religion, etc.

As part of my contribution towards the global blogging day, #BAD14 (even though I am a day late 🙁 ) I collated the best quotes on gender equality & inequality and how many people (men and women) are discriminated against because of their sex. I chose gender inequality because it beats my imagination why a woman or man who is qualified to do a job and take a certain position is discriminated against for being that gender. What matters should be if they can actually perform at that task excellently. These quotes express the sentiments of global leaders and personalities from different countries and backgrounds.

1. “A woman is human.
She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.
Likewise, she is never less.
Equality is a given.
A woman is human.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

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

Nelson Mandela

 3. “I find it strange that practicing law in a comfortable well-heated office is considered too demanding an occupation for women, yet laboring from dawn’s first light in crowded, drafty, ill-lit sweatshops is not.”
Shirley Tallman, Murder on Nob Hill

 4. 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

5. Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.

Kofi Annan

6. Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women.

Michelle Bachelet

7. 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

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

Chinua Achebe

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10. 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

What does inequality mean to you as a human being? Share your thoughts and lets discuss.
 

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