20 Quotes About Equality That Will Motivate You to Lead

20 Quotes About Equality That Will Motivate You to Lead

20 Quotes About Equality That Will Motivate You to Lead

Customers and employees want to do business with — and work for — equality-driven companies.
 
In fact, 80% of business professionals believe companies have a responsibility to go beyond profit to make an impact on society, according to a new report by Salesforce Research.
Similarly, 66% of global online consumers say they're willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, according to data from Nielsen.

Equality is a business imperative — and together, we can create a more equal world.

20 Quotes About Equality That Will Motivate You to Lead

20 Quotes About Equality That Will Motivate You to Lead

20 Quotes About Equality That Will Motivate You to Lead

Customers and employees want to do business with — and work for — equality-driven companies.

In fact, 80% of business professionals believe companies have a responsibility to go beyond profit to make an impact on society, according to a new report by Salesforce Research.
Similarly, 66% of global online consumers say they're willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, according to data from Nielsen.

Equality is a business imperative — and together, we can create a more equal world.

Understanding the Equality Gap

Understanding the Equality Gap

Understanding the Equality Gap

Unfortunately, a major equality gap persists. The evidence:

The World Economic Forum reports that at the current pace, it will take women 170 years to gain pay parity with men.

Less than 31% of employee populations at major tech companies are women, and less than 6% of those populations are hispanic or black, according to diversity numbers reported by major tech companies.
Pew Research finds that fewer than half (45%) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality.

Learning from Leaders

Learning from Leaders

Learning from Leaders

Each of us can learn from the equality trailblazers who have dedicated their work and lives to creating a path toward equality for all.
 
Check out these 20 quotes from some of the most important leaders in the equality movement. These visionaries have inspired others around the globe to stand up for important causes and human rights. We hope their insights will help you become an equality trailblazer in your own company.
“Responsive leadership has no title, no age group, and has very little to do with whether or not you are an elected official or CEO of a company. Responsive leadership is our ability to take action and actively play our part in our communities.”
“Responsive leadership has no title, no age group, and has very little to do with whether or not you are an elected official or CEO of a company. Responsive leadership is our ability to take action and actively play our part in our communities.”
“Responsive leadership has no title, no age group, and has very little to do with whether or not you are an elected official or CEO of a company. Responsive leadership is our ability to take action and actively play our part in our communities.”
“We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. That fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court.”
“We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. That fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court.”
“We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. That fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court.”

U.S. Department of Labor

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

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“Women and girls should be able to determine their own future, no matter where they are born.”
“Women and girls should be able to determine their own future, no matter where they are born.”
“Women and girls should be able to determine their own future, no matter where they are born.”

JStone / Shutterstock.com

“Inequality, in all its forms — gender, LGBTQ, racial, or otherwise — is an issue that every company must address for its own benefit and to create a better world. We believe businesses need to focus on closing the equality gap with the same energy put into creating new products and markets.”

“Inequality, in all its forms — gender, LGBTQ, racial, or otherwise — is an issue that every company must address for its own benefit and to create a better world. We believe businesses need to focus on closing the equality gap with the same energy put into creating new products and markets.”

“Inequality, in all its forms — gender, LGBTQ, racial, or otherwise — is an issue that every company must address for its own benefit and to create a better world. We believe businesses need to focus on closing the equality gap with the same energy put into creating new products and markets.”

“Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing, and the cherry on top, too.”
“Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing, and the cherry on top, too.”
“Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing, and the cherry on top, too.”
“... let’s make equal pay for equal work more than a mantra, but a reality for all Americans.”
“... let’s make equal pay for equal work more than a mantra, but a reality for all Americans.”
“... let’s make equal pay for equal work more than a mantra, but a reality for all Americans.”

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“We must look past our own narrow interests and attend to the interests of our global society.”
“We must look past our own narrow interests and attend to the interests of our global society.”
“We must look past our own narrow interests and attend to the interests of our global society.”

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"We must be headlights, not taillights.”
"We must be headlights, not taillights.”
"We must be headlights, not taillights.”
“Companies can do more than just make money; they can serve others. The business of business is improving the state of the world."
“Companies can do more than just make money; they can serve others. The business of business is improving the state of the world."
“Companies can do more than just make money; they can serve others. The business of business is improving the state of the world."
"We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”
"We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”
"We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”

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"To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”
"To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”
"To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”
“The pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness can become a reality for everyone if we eliminate issues standing in the way of improved race relations. I love this country and we’ve made so much progress, but we're not there yet.”

“The pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness can become a reality for everyone if we eliminate issues standing in the way of improved race relations. I love this country and we’ve made so much progress, but we're not there yet.”

“The pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness can become a reality for everyone if we eliminate issues standing in the way of improved race relations. I love this country and we’ve made so much progress, but we're not there yet.”

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“The most damaging phrase in the language is it’s always been done that way.”
“The most damaging phrase in the language is it’s always been done that way.”
“The most damaging phrase in the language is it’s always been done that way.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights … it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

Ted Sahl, Kat Fitzgerald, Patrick Phonsakwa, Lawrence McCrorey, Darryl Pelletier

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

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Business leaders benefit from having unique platforms and positions of influence, and I believe that using these tools to create positive social change is not just important – it is imperative. We have a responsibility to give back.”

Business leaders benefit from having unique platforms and positions of influence, and I believe that using these tools to create positive social change is not just important – it is imperative. We have a responsibility to give back.”

Business leaders benefit from having unique platforms and positions of influence, and I believe that using these tools to create positive social change is not just important – it is imperative. We have a responsibility to give back.”

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"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."

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“When women do better, economies do better."
“When women do better, economies do better."
“When women do better, economies do better."

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Next Steps

Need more data on the state of equality to inspire others to join you? Get our new report filled with research to help you and your team members become equality trailblazers.
Need more data on the state of equality to inspire others to join you? Get our new report filled with research to help you and your team members become equality trailblazers.

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