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80 Empowering and Inspiring Quotes for Women

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Rosie the riveter was an inspiration to women everywhere during World War II.

Rosie the riveter was an inspiration to women everywhere during World War II.

80 Inspirational Quotes for Women

Throughout history, women have shared great wisdom and wise ideas with a wide variety of audiences.

Inspirational comments are received from women from all walks of life. Now more than ever, women in business, entertainment, and everything in between recognize the importance of raising each other to grow in success. These women also understand the growing need to empower each other.

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin

“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin

Inspirational Quotes From Women

  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ― Malala Yousafzai
  • "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron
  • “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” — Mother Teresa
  • “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin
  • “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” ― Maya Angelou
  • "We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” ― Sheryl Sandberg
  • "The price way pay for being ourselves is worth it.” — Eartha Kitt
  • “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” ― Michelle Obama
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Bronte

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Bronte

Empowering Women Quotes

  • “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” ― Shonda Rhimes
  • “Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” ― Julia Child
  • “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” ― Melinda Gates
  • “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” ― Audre Lorde
  • “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Bronte
  • "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." ― Madeleine Albright
  • "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou
  • “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” — Adrienne Rich
  • “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” — Ella Fitzgerald
  • “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” ― Arianna Huffington
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ― Jane Goodall

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ― Jane Goodall

Women Empowerment Quotes from Books

  • "Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong." ― Sarah Dessen
  • "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  • "I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay." ― Madonna
  • “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself." ― Virginia Woolf
  • “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” ― Marissa Mayer
  • "I believe great people do things before they are ready." ― Amy Poehler, Yes Please
  • "We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it's grand and great." —Lucy Maude Montgomery, Ann of Avonlea
  • "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ― Jane Goodall
  • "You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it." ― Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon
  • "There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me." ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example." ― Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example." ― Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

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Empowering Quotes from Female Writers

  • “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” ― Estée Lauder
  • “It’s hard not to be a fighter when you’re constantly under siege.” — Cassandra Duffy
  • “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou
  • "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” — Melissa Etheridge
  • "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel
  • “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femininity. And I want to be respected in all my femaleness. Because I deserve to be.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • "You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” ― Shonda Rhimes
  • “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron
  • “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ― Julia Child
  • "When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example." ― Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” ― Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” ― Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

Empowering Quotes from Women in Business

  • "We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it's grand and great." —Lucy Maude Montgomery, Ann of Avonlea
  • "There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me." ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” ― Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
  • “I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.’ — Lupita Nyong’o
  • “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” ― Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue
  • “Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that – and I’ll learn by doing it.” ” ― Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  • “On my own, I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” ― Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul
  • "An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.” ― Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
  • “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” ― Arianna Huffington, Journalist, and Entrepreneur
  • “Dreams are lovely but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” ― Shonda Rhimes, TV Producer
“Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.” ― Margaret Cho

“Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.” ― Margaret Cho

Empowering Quotes from Famous Women

  • “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ― Roseanne Barr
  • “I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in — even if it makes you vulnerable — amazing things can and will happen.” ― Emma Watson
  • “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” ― Dolly Parton
  • “Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.” ― Margaret Cho
  • “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ― Jane Goodall
  • “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” ― Michelle Obama
  • “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.” ― Susana Martinez
  • “There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen
  • “Women have to harness their power—it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” ― Cher
“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ― Emma Stone

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ― Emma Stone

Quotes About Power and Beauty

  • "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” ― Estée Lauder
  • “I always thought that people told you that you’re beautiful–that this was a title that was bestowed upon you … I think that it’s time to take this power into our own hands and to say, ‘You know what? I’m beautiful. I just am. And that’s my light. I’m just a beautiful woman.’ — Margaret Cho
  • "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” — Melissa Etheridge
  • “If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. Women should feel free.” ― Emma Watson
  • “To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” ― Hillary Clinton
  • "We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” ― J.K. Rowling
  • “Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe
  • “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ― Emma Stone
  • “I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside." — Lupita Nyong’o
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ― Anne Sweeney, Co-chair of Disney Media

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ― Anne Sweeney, Co-chair of Disney Media

Powerful Inspirational Quotes

  • “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” ― Serena Williams
  • “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
  • “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” ― Michelle Obama
  • “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ― Anne Sweeney, Co-chair of Disney Media
  • “The best way to change it is to do it. Right? And then after a while, you become it and it’s easy.” ― Ursula Burns, Former CEO of Xerox
  • "Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." ― G.D. Anderson
  • “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • “Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.” — Audre Lorde
  • “'You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?’ Aunty Ifeka said. ‘Your life belongs to you and you alone.’” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • "Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman’s power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon.” — Ursula K. Le Guin
You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” ― Melissa Etheridge

You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” ― Melissa Etheridge

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