“Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion” -- William Lloyd Garrison
"Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half."
"[A] woman should have every honorable motive to exertion which is enjoyed by man, to the full extent of her capacities and endowments. The case is too plain for argument. Nature has given woman the same powers, and subjected her to the same earth, breathes the same air, subsists on the same food, physical, moral, mental and spiritual. She has, therefore, an equal right with man, in all efforts to obtain and maintain a perfect existence." --Frederick Douglass, 1881
"... [T]he legal subordination of one sex to another — is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a system of perfect equality, admitting no power and privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other." -- John Stuart Mill
"I deny that any one knows or can know, the nature of the two sexes, as long as they have only been seen in their present relation to one another. Until conditions of equality exist, no one can possibly assess the natural differences between women and men, distorted as they have been. What is natural to the two sexes can only be found out by allowing both to develop and use their faculties freely." -- John Stuart Mill
"For the last several thousand years, control of the body - that is, woman’s body - has been a central concern of many of the religious, social and political doctrines and institutions created by man. There would have been no need to write a history of misogyny if this were not the case. However deep within the male psyche are the wellsprings of fear and fascination that contemplation of woman causes, her dehumanization, either through elevation or denigration, was always (broadly speaking) a political matter." --Jack Holland, from "Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice"
"…gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation."
-- Kofi Annan
"Much can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire equal rights with man - including the right to vote, the right to hold and use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same terms as the man."..."Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly."
-- Theodore Roosevelt