September 2015

  • September 30, 2015

    “It’s backwards. You’ve spent so much time terrified that you’re going to get it, and then you have it. You don’t have to be terrified anymore.”

    Danny Pintauro, child actor from Who’s the Boss?, coming out as HIV positive. Oprah: Where are They Now?, September 27, 2015.

  • September 29, 2015

    “Our founders didn’t want some parliamentary system where if you won the majority you got to do whatever you wanted. They wanted this long, slow process. And so change comes slowly. And obviously too slowly for some.”

    John Boehner, Speaker of the House, discussing his decision to resign from his seat. Politico, September 27, 2015.

  • September 28, 2015

    “It is imperative that the followers of the various religions join their voices in calling for peace, tolerance and respect for the dignity and rights of others.”

    Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, addressing a crowd during his visit to Philadelphia. Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2015.

  • September 27, 2015

    “It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.”

    Emma Watson, actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, discussing women’s inequality in a speech delivered during a UN conference. United Nations, September 20, 2014.

  • September 26, 2015

    “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast
    cereals based on color instead of taste.”

    John Green, author, a quote from his book Paper Towns. October 8, 2008.

  • September 25, 2015

    “It is not enough to let a few drops fall whenever the poor shake a cup which never runs over by itself.”

    Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, addressing a crowd in Bolivia on the issue of poverty in capitalist nations. July 9, 2015.

  • September 24, 2015

    “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.”

    Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook founder and CEO, in a Facebook post on his public profile after Ahmed, a 14 year old boy was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb. Facebook. September 16, 2015.

  • September 23, 2015

    “Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

    Jeffrey Tambor, actor, dedicating his win for Best Actor in a Comedy Series to the transgender community after portraying a transgender woman on Amazon’s Transparent. Politico, September 14, 2015.

  • September 22, 2015

    “We ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation.”

    Carly Fiorina, 2016 Presidential Candidate, responding to a question regarding a woman on the ten dollar bill during a party debate. CNN, September 16, 2015.

  • September 21, 2015

    “Let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

    Viola Davis, actor, in her acceptance speech as the first black woman to be awarded Best Lead Actress in a Drama series for How to Get Away with Murder. 2015 Emmy’s, September 20, 2015.

  • September 20, 2015

    The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.”

    Albus Dumbledore, character in J.K. Rowling’s book series, Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. June 26, 1997.

  • September 19, 2015

    “The prime ministership of this country is not a prize or a plaything to be demanded. It should be something which is earned by a vote of the Australian people.”

    Tony Abbot, Australian Prime Minister, elaborating on his views of the Prime Minister’s office and the future of the position before learning that he had been voted out of office. The Associated Press, September 14, 2015.

  • September 18, 2015

    “If you see something like that, just do what you can. I would rather die trying to stop something like that than walk away and let everybody else get killed. I couldn’t live with that. I’d rather die”

    Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, United States Airman who foiled a French train terror attack. Fox, September 14, 2015.

  • September 17, 2015

    “And so I’m here before you this morning, with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish upon any of my fellow Americans: my conscience and my freedom.”

    Kim Davis, Clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, in her first press conference after her release from jail. CNN, September 4, 2015.

  • September 16, 2015

    “Schools have an obligation — a legal obligation and a moral obligation — to protect every student’s right to get an education free from discrimination, free from fear.”

    Hillary Clinton, former First Lady and 2016 Presidential Candidate, addressing the issue of sexual assault on college campuses at an Iowa campaign rally. Politico, September 14, 2015.

  • September 15, 2015

    “There is a huge gap between what students want for their future and what their schools are offering. Once you have liberation from a system that was designed for the beginning of the century, there’s nobody to blame.”

    Laurene Powell Jobs, founder of the Emerson Collective and widow to Steve Jobs, announcing her initiative to rebuild American
    high schools. New York Times, September 14, 2015.

  • September 14, 2015

    “”I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, No. 1, they know exactly why they would want to be president. And two, they can look at folks out there, and say I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion.”

    Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, discussing the presidency with Stephen Colbert. Late Night with Stephen Colbert, September 10, 2015.

  • September 13, 2015

    “Far too many women are much more hurt by being called fat or ugly than they are by being called not smart, or not a leader. If someone told me that I was stupid or that I wasn’t a leader, or that I wasn’t witty or quick or perceptive, I’d be devastated.”

    Mindy Kaling, Actress, comedian, and writer, in response to the topic of body shaming in an interview. E! News Network, September 4, 2015.

  • September 12, 2015

    “We may discover that the gates maintained by our new gatekeepers are narrower than ever.”

    Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains”, in his article on the effects of social media on the 2016 Presidential Election. Politico, September 2, 2015.

  • September 11, 2015

    “I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness.”

    Kristen Beck (formerly Christopher Beck), former Navy Seal and Maryland’s 5th District 2016 Congressional Candidate, explaining her transition as a transgender woman during an interview. CNN, September 4, 2015.

  • September 10, 2015

    “The deal with Iran will go down as one of the most incompetent ever made. The U.S. lost on virtually every point. We just don’t win anymore!”

    Donald Trump, businessman and Republican 2016 Presidential Candidate, commenting on deal between U.S. and Iran. Twitter, September 2, 2015.

  • September 9, 2015

    “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

    Kanye West, rapper and songwriter, during his 2015 Video Music Awards acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award. MTV, August 30, 2015.

  • September 8, 2015

    “On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world — you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”

    Malala Yousafzai, activist and humanitarian addressing the Syrian refugee crisis at the opening of a new secondary school in Lebanon to celebrate her 18th birthday. Malala.org, July 12, 2015.

  • September 7, 2015

    “I don’t think we need to yell, but the other side of it is that I do think we need to listen. People yell when they don’t feel heard, so we need to listen.”

    Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, after a question about the tone of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement at a press luncheon. National Press Club, September 2, 2015.

  • September 6, 2015

    “I don’t often walk into a situation feeling nervous, and I did.”

    -Misty Copeland describes her first day working on the Broadway show “On the Town” during the first episode of the ballerina’s YouTube series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production. Misty On The Town- Episode 1, August 24, 2015.

  • September 5, 2015

    “If that was my party, I’d feel a little ashamed.”

    -Bill Maher talks about recent comments by Donald Trump around race and immigration. Real Time with Bill Maher, August 28, 2015.

  • September 4, 2015

    “I believe this government will be called upon to tackle critical issues.”

    -Vassiliki Thanou, who was appointed Greece’s caretaker prime minister, became the nation’s first female leader and will lead the country during elections next month. At the handover ceremony, Thanou remarked that her interim administration could have some big issues to tackle. Reuters, August 27, 2015.

  • September 3, 2015

    “This judgment is a new attack on the freedom of the press.”

    -Mostefa Souag, general director at Al Jazeera, speaks out against the Egyptian court ruling that three Al Jazeera journalists will serve three-year prison sentences for allegedly not having proper licenses and airing news damaging to Egypt. Reuters, August 29, 2015.

  • September 2, 2015

    “We’re soldiering on.”

    -Kim McBroom, a news anchor at WDBJ, during a morning broadcast a few days after a reporter and cameraman at the station were fatally shot on air. WDBJ-TV, August 28, 2015.

  • September 1, 2015

    “I’m very open about it—I’m pansexual.”

    -Miley Cyrus talks about her sexuality during an interview with fashion magazine Elle UK. Huffington Post, August 28, 2015.