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
“Black infants 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
“One of the things about my testimony that I think resonated so much with women, was that it seemed so regular, so much like what was going on in their day to day lives.” - Anita Hill, American Attorney and Academic
“It wasn’t done for a malignant reason. It was only done to bring attention to the atrocities of which we were experiencing in a country that was supposed to represent us .” – Tommie Smith, US Olympic gold medalist
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
“We need to push this issue to the front of conversations so that employers across the US can truly understand that all male and female employees must be compensated equally. Not close. Not almost the same. Equally.”- Serena Williams