50 Empowering Quotes for Women’s History Month

We’ve put together a list of our 50 favorite empowering quotes from incredible women past and present to honor Women’s History Month! The words of motivation, encouragement, and wisdom from important women have a unique power to inspire us to change our thinking, see things from a new perspective, and even propel us into action. We apply these powerful words to our own lives and they become our mantras.

Take a look at our selection here:

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Gloria Steinem

“Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world” Oprah Winfrey

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker

“A woman is like a teabag – only in hot water do you realize how strong she is.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” Malala Yousafzai

“Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance in the world to pursue your dreams.” Hillary Rodham Clinton

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” Serena Williams

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.” Maya Angelou

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” Tina Fey

“If you’re comfortable with yourself and know yourself, you’re going to shine and radiate and other people are going to be drawn to you.” Dolly Parton

“If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise.” Rupi Kaur

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” Michelle Obama

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman.” Melinda Gates

“I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.” Sonia Sotomayor

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Shirley Chisholm

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

“The challenge is not to be perfect… it’s to be whole.” Jane Fonda

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller

“True freedom is understanding that we have a choice in who and what we allow to have power over us.” Meryl Streep

“ If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” Catherine Cook

“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” Shonda Rhimes

”You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” Rosa Parks

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall

“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.” Juliette Gordon

I dont want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” – Emma Watson 

We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as womenand take the lead. – Beyoncé 

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.–  Michelle Obama 

I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebodys passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesnt mind learning. – Amy Poehler 

Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

“Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk.” –  Dolores Huerta 

I know that like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have” – Eva Peron 

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey 

“Human rights are womens rights, and womens rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.”  Hillary Clinton 

The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didnt have the weight of gender expectations.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Every day as I get older, I appreciate women more and more. When youre betweenthe ages of 15 and 19, maybe you see women as competition, as opposed to lifesavers and people that hold your hand and have experienced pretty much everything that you have. So the more women in my life, the better. – Adele 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt 

We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” – Margaret Atwood 

Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” –  Toni Morrison 

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart 

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi 

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.  Marie Curie 

“Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.”  Yuri Kochiyama 

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”  Golda Meir 

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” Brene Brown 

 The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.” Susan B. Anthony 

 

 

For more ideas, see 15 ways to celebrate women’s history month here.

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