If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle. So that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.

- Emma Watson (2014) ·

How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation? Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.

- Emma Watson (2014) ·

For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

- Emma Watson (2014) ·

Education is one of the blessings of life — and one of its necessities.

- Malala Yousafzai (2014) ·

It does not matter what’s the color of your skin, what language do you speak, what religion you believe in. It is that we should all consider each other as human beings and we should respect each other and we should all fight for our rights, for the rights of children, for the rights of women and for the rights of every human being.

- Malala Yousafzai (2014) ·

A girl has the power to go forward in her life. And she’s not only a mother, she’s not only a sister, she’s not only a wife. But a girl has the – she should have an identity. She should be recognized and she has equal rights as a boy.

- Malala Yousafzai (2014) ·

So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.

- Malala Yousafzai (2013) ·

This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.

- Malala Yousafzai (2013) ·

I don’t know where to begin my speech. I don’t know what people would be expecting me to say, but first of all thank you to God for whom we are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and new life.

- Malala Yousafzai (2013) ·

It’s important to take the initiative. We cannot wait around for any one else to come and do it. Why are we waiting for someone else to come and fix things? Why aren’t we doing it ourselves? I would like to send my heartfelt greetings to the congress.

- Malala Yousafzai (2013) ·

There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

- Malala Yousafzai (2013) ·

The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.

- Malala Yousafzai (2013) ·

I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2016) ·

The emphasis must not be on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1974) ·

Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2002) ·

Neither federal nor state government acts compatibly with equal protection when a law or official policy denies to women, simply because they are women, full citizenship stature - equal opportunity to aspire, achieve, participate in and contribute to society based on their individual talents and capacities.

- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1996) ·

They say I'm wrong and I'm heartless, but all along. I was lookin' for a father, he was gone. I hung around with the thugs. And even though they sold drugs. They showed a young brother love.

- Tupac Shakur (1992) ·

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots.

- Tupac Shakur (1995) ·

Instead of war on poverty. They got a war on drugs so the police can bother me. And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do.

- Tupac Shakur (1995) ·

I see no changes, all I see is racist faces.
Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races.

- Tupac Shakur (1995) ·

I'm tired of bein' poor and, even worse, I'm black.

- Tupac Shakur (1996) ·

The only thing that can kill me is death, that's the only thing that can ever stop me, is death, and even then my music will live forever.

- Tupac Shakur (1995) ·

Prison kills your spirit, straight up. It kills your spirit. There is no creativity, there's none of that.

- Tupac Shakur (1995) ·

Jail is big business, believe me. I'm in jail, I see the big business. You can feed a whole town off one jail. This jail is in the middle of a town that feeds everybody. Everybody works here, this is the main income. So if there were no criminals, nobody would work.

- Tupac Shakur (1995) ·

And yes, I am gonna say that I'm a thug, that's because I came from the gutter and I'm still here!

- Tupac Shakur (1994) ·