“The segment of society that wants to return us to the dark ages is real. This has to be a wake-up call, that a legal victory is not a cultural one.”- Ana Cristina González Vélez, a Colombian doctor and co-founder of Mesa por la Vida, an organization that was part of the successful campaign for decriminalization of abortion in Colombia.
“Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook- and ten days after Buffalo- our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies." - Barack Obama
“There's just so much pain, you get so tired… I mean people are worried about the looters and it's just people who are frustrated, who for far too long have not had their voices heard." -Bakari Sellers, attorney, author and political commentator
We celebrate International Women's Day by recognizing not only individual achievement but garnering the power of the whole. And we relish the very proven notion, that each of has the ability to so much for all of us.
“Kobe and Peyton walked away from their careers with something I didn’t have: enormous bank accounts. Because of that, they had something else I didn’t have: freedom. Their hustling days were over; mine were just beginning.”- Abby Wambach, former US Women’s Soccer player and winner of ESPY’s Icon Award in 2015
"Those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.“ - Author Audre Lorde
"Any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child." - Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson in 2012
“Let us reject the myth that strong women, bold women, independent women, do not find themselves in the throes of violence at the hands of someone who claimed to love them.”- Rep. Ayanna Pressley, co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act.
“I think that art cannot change anything directly, it’s very difficult to change the situation with art. Art is changing people’s mind and people will change the society,” - Graffiti Artist Shamsia Hassani.
“Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the 2018 UN Climate Conference.
"Intimating that an assault is a mere political ploy not only offensively maligns Ms. Ford's experience, it reinforces dangerous preconceptions that shame survivors into silence," – Senator Richard Blumenthal.
“It is almost certain that women will be killed as a result of this decision that will return them to their abusers.” -Denise Gilman, director of the immigration clinic at the University of Texas Law School
“Blackinfants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants — a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were considered chattel.”- Linda Villarosa writing for New York Times Magazine
"Today is also a day that we rededicate ourselves to defending the rights and improving the lives of women here in the United States and around the world.” – Congresswoman Maxine Waters as shown with Coretta Scott