21 quotes from inspiring and empowering women

21 quotes from inspiring and empowering women

It’s still a sad truth in life that being born a woman presents some unique challenges. We’ve had to fight tooth and nail for every right, and we still haven’t achieved full equality. But from earning the right to vote to showing powerful men that time’s up, we’ve proven again and again that we are strong and we can overcome. 

If you need to be reminded of your inner badass, read these 21 inspirational quotes from female icons who have broken the glass ceiling, refused to give up and learned to celebrate and love themselves — often while navigating careers and motherhood. 

1. “Sex, like race, is a visible, immutable characteristic bearing no necessary relationship to ability.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2. “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” — Sarah Moore Grimké

3. "I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values." — Ellen DeGeneres

4. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” — Beyoncé

5. “I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them.” — Mindy Kaling

6. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” — Hillary Clinton

7. "Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness." — Oprah Winfrey

8. “If we’re having conversations about gender equity and we’re not including trans people, we’re not really having conversations.” — Laverne Cox

9. "You cannot doubt yourself. Doubt is a killer.” —  Jennifer Lopez

10. “Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.” — Sally Ride

11. “You're allowed to love yourself first. You're allowed to put yourself first. You're allowed to be in love with yourself.” — Zendaya

12. “There is no greater threat to the critics, cynics and fearmongers than a person who is willing to fall because she’s learned how to RISE.” — Brené Brown

13. "Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere." — Gloria Steinem

14. “Bring all of yourself to life. And if you're told you're ‘too much’ — smile and think: Maybe. Or maybe their capacity is too small?” — Glennon Doyle

15. "I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of opportunities that come my way, and I work really, really hard. Don't call me lucky. Call me a badass.” — Shonda Rhimes

16. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” — Frida Kahlo

17. “It’s not about being poppin’. It’s not about being famous or fashion. It’s about being better and making sure that this world can hear us and respect us.” — Lizzo

18. “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” — Emma Watson

19. “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I rise.” — Maya Angelou

20. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” — Malala Yousafzai

21. “I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women, even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.” — Roxane Gay

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