Fifty one years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Now, as we move into the second week of Black History Month, we're taking a minute to honor that landmark piece of legislation.
In the decades since, there's been steady progress for the black community — and yet, yesterday, we marked 6 months since the death of Michael Brown.
There's still work to be done to ensure that we never have to clarify whether or not black lives truly matter; and so that men and women receive an equal wage for equal work — and that that wage is a living one. We need to continue the fight for equality for LGBT people, people of different faiths, and minorities of all kind.
With that in mind, here are 12 of our favorite quotes about the fight for equality from 12 women who vocally sought freedom from judgement and oppression for all.
This story was originally published on July 2, 2014.