“Even though they make up half the population, women and girls have endured discrimination in most societies for thousands of years. In the past, women were treated as property of their husbands or fathers – they couldn’t own land, they couldn’t vote or go to school, and were subject to beatings and abuse and could do nothing about it. Over the last hundred years, much progress has been made to gain equal rights for women around the world, but many still live without the rights to which all people are entitled.”
~Robert Alan Silverstein

“…gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation. When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.” ~Kofi Annan