10 defining phrases of the decade made by women


Malala Yousafzai. Rafael Lafargue/TNS

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The 2010s have seen numerous women firebrands rise to the occasion and tackle the issues that plague them and the world’s broader interests.

The decade has been a defining moment for women’s empowerment, equal pay and gender equality, while global movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up have sparked major social changes in the past two years.

Women leaders have also pioneered discussions on key issues such as climate change, education, and gun violence.

There are plenty of speeches made by women in the last 10 years worth checking out, but some soundbites will stand the test of time for decades to come.

Below are the top 10 quotes from women in the last decade.

1. Malala Yousafzai Activist and Nobel laureate
“A child, a teacher, a pen and a book can change the world.” United Nations Youth Assembly, New York, 2013

2.Michelle Obama Lawyer, writer, and former First Lady of the United States
“Whether it was during my time as a lawyer, as an administrator at a university, a non-profit manager, even now as First Lady, I never asked someone I was interviewing to explain a test score or grade in a class, never.

“I never did a hire just because someone went to an Ivy League school instead of a state school, never. What I’ve been looking for is what kind of person you are.

“You are a hard worker? You are reliable? Are you open to other points of view? Have you come out of your own interest to serve others? Have you found a way to serve our country, whether in uniform or in your community? Commencement speech at Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky, 2013

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Michelle Obama. Suzanne Cordeiro/TNS

3.Emma Watson actor and activist
“I’ve come to realize that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with hating men. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that this has to stop.” United Nations, New York, 2014

Emma Watson Chris Delmas/TNS

4. Patricia Arquette Actor
“To all the women who gave birth to all the taxpayers and citizens of this nation, we have fought for equal rights for everyone else. It’s our time to achieve equal pay once and for all.” Academy Awards, California, 2015

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5. Hillary Clinton Political
“All the evidence tells us that despite the enormous obstacles that remain, there has never been a better time in history to be born a woman. But the data leads to a second conclusion: that despite all this progress, we are still not there. over there”. .” Women at the World Summit, New York, 2015

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6.Gloria Steinem Journalist and political activist
“We are here and in the whole world for a deep democracy that says that we will not shut up, they will not control us, we will work for a world in which all countries are connected. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the connections. We are with each other, we look at each other, not up.” Women’s March on Washington DC, 2017

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7. Oprah Winfrey Talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist
“So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that there is a new day on the horizon!

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“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be thanks to a lot of great women, many of whom are here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, who are fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders that carry us around. until the time when no one has to say ‘Me too’ again. Thank you.” Golden Globe Awards, California, 2018

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8.Emma González Gun control activist and advocate
“So we are speaking for those who have no one to listen to, for those who can’t talk about it yet, and for those who will never speak again.

“We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words with ferocity and despair because that is the only thing that stands between us and this happening again.” March for Our Lives, Washington DC, 2018

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9.Tarana Burke Civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement
“So much of what we hear about the Me Too movement is about individual bad actors or depraved and isolated behavior, and fails to recognize that anyone in a position of power has privilege, and makes those without that power more vulnerable.

“Teachers and students, coaches and athletes, police officers and citizens, parents and children – these are all relationships that can have an incredible imbalance of power.

“But we reshape that imbalance by speaking against it in unison and creating spaces to speak truth to power. We have to re-educate ourselves and our children to understand that power and privilege don’t always have to destroy and take, but can be used to serve and build.

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“And we have to re-educate ourselves to understand that, unequivocally, every human being has the right to walk through this life with their full humanity intact.” Ted Women, California, 2018

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10. Greta Thunberg environmental activist

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“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I tell you, we will never forgive you.” UN Climate Summit, New York, 2019