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Quotes to Live By

Quotes that should help you in your attitude and choices in your daily life.

Today is Equal Pay Day -- a day that reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned the previous year. Have you had experience with the gender wage gap?

"Equality means everyone has the opportunity to thrive - that women and girls aren’t targets of violence because of their gender. Everyone — women, men, boys and girls — deserves to be safe." For Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission, gender equality is at the heart of ensuring safety for people around the world. Learn more about how violence is undermining efforts to end poverty via #HeforShe here: heforshe.org/

Maya Angelou inspires us to give back. What are you doing to help others?

March is Women's History Month. We salute the women -- famous and unknown -- whose contributions have paved the way for a more equal world. #quote #gloriasteinem

Happy Women’s History Month! Nellie McClung was a Canadian suffragist, politician and social activist. She was one of “The Famous Five” who successfully launched the “Persons Case” and paved the way for women to enter politics in Canada.

Congratulations to Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave. Lupita was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and now lives in the United States. #lupitanyongo #12yearsaslave #oscars

"Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live," said 12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen, in dedicating the best movie Oscar to "all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today." #stevemcqueen #12yearsaslave

Ben Horowitz is a Silicon Valley tech investor who views the current fight for women as morally akin to the 19th century movement to end slavery in the United States. He’s donating the proceeds from his new book The Hard Thing about Hard Things to the American Jewish World Service to support their efforts to help women fight for their basic rights throughout the world.

Read The Shriver Report to learn how Eva Longoria is helping Latinas build better futures for themselves through the Eva Longoria Foundation. (Photo by John Russo.)

Malala Yousafzai and @Save the Children are partnering to help Syrian and Jordanian children return to education. Malala has been visiting Jordan with her father to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian children. Follow Malala Fund for updates and to support her goal of universal education. #malalayousafzai #education

On February 14, people will take to the streets worldwide to dance and along with V-Day demand an end to gender-based violence. Will you rise with them? Learn more here: www.onebillionris...

Molly Melching is founder of Tostan, which has worked with hundreds of villages to get them to abandon female genital cutting (FGC). Today is the UN-recognized international day for zero tolerance of #FGC, and it's a particularly big day in Mali, where 14 neighborhoods are publicly announcing that they will no longer support FGC or child/forced marriage.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., discusses the need to work together to end gender-based violence around the world and his support for the International Violence Against Women Act.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of the need for women to have opportunities.

1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted in college, according to a report by the White House Council on Women and Girls. President Barack Obama announced a new task force to protect students from sexual assault and boosted federal agencies to hold schools accountable if they are not addressing problems. Read the report: www.whitehouse.go...

UN Women and the Government of the Netherlands convened with the Syrian women civil society members and activists in a two-day meeting to support women’s participation and voice in the Syrian peace process. The meeting ended with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks, urging all parties to transcend their differences to reach an agreement for a free, pluralistic and democratic Syria that respects human rights and equality between men and women.

Denmark’s government has announced additional funding of $3.7 million for UN Women, bringing Denmark’s overall 2013 contribution to approximately $10.6 million. Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Helveg Petersen explains why his country wants to strengthen UN Women’s role on women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Read Beyonce’s essay about gender equality written for @The Shriver Report and download the full report for free by Jan. 15 via shriverreport.org...

Join us tomorrow at 1pm ET as Nicholas Kristof hosts a discussion on Google+ with leaders from organizations working to restore freedom, dignity and justice to those who have endured modern-day slavery. RSVP: bit.ly/1gIbBLR

Finland's government has pledged to contribute $18 million to UN Women in 2014, making it one of the top three donors to the organization's core budget. Finnish Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto explains why gender equality is an important priority.

Here's to an even brighter 2014.