13 Feminist Quotes About Work That Will Definitely Light A Fire In You For Equality in The Workplace
It's 2016. We have hover boards and jet packs, and yet women are still frequently viewed as less valuable than men in the workplace. Quotes from feminists about work and workplace equality continue to echo in our minds as women push for equal pay for equal work, paid maternity leave without fear of negative consequences, and in general, one final farewell to the myth that we're at risk of destroying an entire company just because we're on our periods.
The fight for gender equality has, in many ways, reached an all-time high. Entertainment and political powerhouses like Emma Watson, Beyonce, and Hillary Clinton are stepping forward and unwaveringly speaking in the name of balance and fairness. Feminism is slowly (very slowly) but surely (fingers crossed) losing its negative connotation and becoming a space where everyone — women, men, gender nonconforming people, and more — are finding their place. And for good reason: We should all know and except by now that this is not just about women. Everyone plays an absolutely vital role. We can't do this without everyone being on board.
While there still may be people justifying the gender pay gap (or even flat-out denying that it exists), the lack of maternity and parental leave, and the unfair treatment of women at work, there are even more running to our defense.
1. "If fighting for equal pay and paid family leave is playing the gender card, then deal me in!"
— Hillary Clinton, American politician
2. "I may not be able to single-handedly fix the pay gap, but I can open my stepdaughter's eyes to it. I can encourage her to negotiate, ask questions, and stand up for herself."
— Judy Greer, American actress, model, and author
3. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet."
— Beyonce, Queen of everything
4. "When women succeed, America succeeds."
— Barack Obama, President of the United States
5. "It's not a myth; it's math."
— President Obama again, because he's just that good
6. "Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10 percent of the total income and own one percent of the property… So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking."
— Daniel Craig, English actor
7. "The reality is that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly 100, before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work."
— Emma Watson, British actress, activist, and model
8. "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
— Patricia Arquette, American actress
9. "It's time to cheer on girls and women who want to sit at the table."
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, activist, author
10. "The issue of parity is not a women's issue. It's a societal issue that needs to be resolved by men and women."
— Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association
11. "There's nothing wrong with looking like a woman and going into the workplace and doing everything a man can do, but looking 1,000 percent like a lady."
— Rachel Roy, American fashion designer
12. "We, the women of the Senate, with President Obama by our side, will keep fighting – our shoulders square, our lipstick on — because you deserve equal pay for your hard work."
— Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator for Maryland
13. "I bleed feminism. I get equal pay to my male costars on a big show; I have my own home. I'm as independent as you could possibly be."
— Kaley Cuoco, American actress