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33 empowering quotes by women around the world.

Women throughout history have to break barriers to be where they are now. To get the basic rights like the right to vote, being in the leadership, being a working woman, becoming a CEO, women had to fight to get every one of these rights. Still it's far away to reach gender equality. However, we can read some amazing quotes by women of different times and different parts of the world to be motivated.


  1. "I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay." - Madonna

  2. "Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

  3. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

  4. “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

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

  6. “The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man, and it drives them crazy.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

  7. "Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like, I promise." -Emma Watson

  8. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” -Rebecca West

  9. "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” -Margaret Thatcher

  10. “Women are still treated as secondary issues. It is still far too easy and accepted for leaders to ignore uncomfortable truths… Women, we know, are the first to be affected by war, and the last to be taken into account when it ends.” - Angelina Jolie

  11. “Women are always told, 'You're not going to make it, it’s too difficult, you can't do that, don't enter this competition, you'll never win it,' - they need confidence in themselves and people around them to help them to get on.” - Zaha Hadid


12. "Sure, you wish you did some things differently. But there is no sense in becoming burdened with regret over things you have no power to change." - Rihanna

13. "To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there.” - Jacinda Ardern

14. “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine K. Albright

15. "If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

16. “I don’t go by the rulebook; I lead from the heart, not the head.” – Princess Diana

17. “I think it’s important not to get carried away when you are successful – and not to let yourself feel gloomy when times are bad.” – Zhou Qunfei

18. "I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." -Malala Yousafzai

19. "Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

20. "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

21. "You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'" - Erin McKean

22. "When a man gives his opinion, he's a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch." - Bette Davis

23. "Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes." - Nancy Pelosi

24. "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

25. "Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don't you ever forget it." - Janelle Monáe

26. "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy


27. “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” ― Irina Dunn

28. “This is your moment. Own it.” — Oprah Winfrey

29. "Women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice, and they need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.” – Meghan Markle

30. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams

31. "The price way pay for being ourselves is worth it.” — Eartha Kitt

32. "It's good to have a reminder that we can love ourselves and be beautiful even though we don't really fit into certain standards of what beauty may be." - Alessia Cara

33. "It’s not enough for a woman to be intelligent. Intelligence has to have a modern coiffure" - Vigdís Finnbogadóttir


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