Inspirational quotes from women leaders, change makers and role models to inspire you to accept who you are.
The United States does not yet have a female president. Indian women cricketers They still don’t get the same attention, adulation, and love as their male counterparts, and in the Middle East, women can now drive cars, though that doesn’t necessarily translate into empowerment or their ability to make decisions. Women in most parts of the world cannot make their own decisions and wear, talk and do what they want. Women and men do not receive the same salary and the number of women decreases at the top rung of leadership in most companies. Women entrepreneurs have more trouble getting financing for their businesses and women in technology they are still a minority.
The list of challenges is long, but the goal is not to glorify the challenges, but to see how, at every turn, women have fought to make their voices heard and stand up for their rights and the rights of other women.
With International Women’s Day just around the corner, let’s step back and look at some great women leaders, role models, activists, artists and entrepreneurs and what we can learn from them. This year, let’s be inspired to do more to make our voices heard, our presence felt, and break all the boundaries and stereotypes that hold us back, starting with these inspirational quotes from women who made a difference:
“If a man can destroy everything, why can’t a girl change it?” – Malala YousafzaiI am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban
“As women, we must defend ourselves. We must defend each other. We must stand up for justice for all.” – Michelle ObamaFormer First Lady, USA
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the quest to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – melinda doorsphilanthropist
“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” – Indira GandhiFirst Female Prime Minister of India
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine K. AlbrightFirst woman to become United States Secretary of State.
“We don’t need magic to transform our world. We already carry all the power we need within ourselves. We have the power to imagine better.” – JK RowlingAuthor of the popular Harry Potter series
“An important attribute of success is being yourself. Never hide what makes you you.” – Indra NooyiCEO, PepsiCo
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson SirleafPresident of Liberia, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret ThatcherPrime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979-1990)
“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’oOscar-winning Kenyan-Mexican actress
“I don’t go by the rule book; I lead from the heart, not from the head.” – Princess Diana
“We have to start working with the idea that we are going to learn every day. I learn, even in my job, every day.” – Chanda KochharManaging Director and CEO, ICICI Bank
“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what others pretend to love.” – Emma WatsonBritish actor and activist
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can choose not to be reduced by them.” – maya angelouAmerican poet, civil rights activist
“Always aim high, work hard and care deeply about what you believe in. And when you stumble, keep the faith. And when you get knocked down, get back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Clintonamerican politician
“We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this, at any cost, must be achieved.” – Marie CuriePolish physicist and chemist who did pioneering research on radioactivity
“I’m lucky that whatever fear I have inside of me, my desire to win is always stronger.” – Serena WilliamsAmerican tennis player, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, that’s fine.” – Virginamerican artist
“Optimism is the faith that leads to success.” – Helen KellerAmerican author, political activist, and the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts
“Never be limited by the limited imagination of others; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae JemisonMorethe first African American woman in space
“Stand up for something or you will fall in love with anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that stood its ground.” – rose parksAmerican civil rights activist
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” – Viola DavisAmerican actress and producer
“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – marissa mayerFormer Chairman and CEO of Yahoo!
“I hate to say that there are feminine and masculine ways of dealing with power because I believe that each of us has a masculine and a feminine part. But in my own experience, women will tend to be more inclusive, to reach out more, to care a little more.” – cristina lagardeManaging Director of the International Monetary Fund
“You have to fight because you can’t count on anyone else to fight for you. And you have to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. To get something of real value, you have to fight for it.” – Ronda RouseyAmerican professional wrestler
“Be faithful in small things because in them lies your strength.” – Mother Teresa
“If you want to do something, what does it matter where you rank? Being a woman doesn’t make a difference either.” – Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut and the first Indian woman in space
“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of raising the next generation.” – ruth bader ginsburgAssociate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
“Even though we need more women to graduate with technical degrees, I always like to remind women that you don’t have to have science or technology degrees to pursue a career in technology.” – susan wojcickiCEO, YouTube
Let this International Women’s Day be a turning point in your life to change things for the better. Use this moment to promise yourself that you will speak up, have faith in yourself, and follow your dreams and passion with unwavering determination.