It’s time to bring up the F-word. By 2022, the path to gender equality (along with its nuanced intersections with race, class, and sexuality) will still be long and shifting. However, with today’s influential female voices, there is reason to believe that we are on the right track. To honor International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of 22 empowering quotes from feminist trailblazers from various walks of life who have embraced the power of their femininity—and who will inspire you to do the same.
While any day is an excellent opportunity to honour the women in your life, International Women’s Day provides an additional reason to do so. International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, is a global holiday that honours women’s incredible achievements, raises awareness, and encourages others to advocate for gender equality.
This holiday dates back to the early 1900s, when approximately 15,000 women marched through New York City in the hopes of better working conditions, pay, and voting rights. From there, the first National Women’s Day was established in 1909, and it has since spread to several different countries around the world, eventually leading to the creation of the International Women’s Day online portal in 2001 — a vital resource and tool for educating and empowering all women. The theme for this year is #BreakTheBias, which focuses on creating a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination, as well as gender equality in workplaces, communities, schools, and other settings.
- “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
Madeleine Albright is a Czech-born American public official who served as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and as the country’s first female secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.
- “What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” – Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur is a poet, performer, and artist. Rupi wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey, when she was 21 years old. The sun and her flowers, the sun’s artistic sibling, came next.
- “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyoncé
Beyoncé rose to prominence in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B group Destiny’s Child before embarking on a hugely successful solo career. Beyoncé is a co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE, an organisation dedicated to empowering women and girls through education, health, and justice.
- “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” – Brené Brown
Bréne Brown is the author of five New York Times best-selling books, including The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which is the result of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.
- “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
Geena Dunne (born 1993) is an Australian feminist writer and the founder of The Cova Project, an Australian charity. G.D Anderson is her pen name.
- “No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” – Kamala Harris
From 2017 to 2021, Harris was the junior United States Senator from California. In the 2016 Senate election, Harris defeated Loretta Sanchez to become the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.
- “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” –Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is a well-known Silicon Valley executive who has held positions at Apple, Google, Yahoo!, and Meta (formerly Facebook). Sandberg, in addition to running tech companies, has written popular management books that promote feminist values in the workplace.
- “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”– Maya Angelou
Poet, dancer, singer, activist, and academic Maya Angelou was a well-known author. She was best known for her one-of-a-kind and groundbreaking autobiographical writing style.
- “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” – Kalpana Chawla
She was the first Indian-American astronaut as well as the first Indian woman in space. She flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the first time in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.
- “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton, is an American country music singer, guitarist, and actress best known for bridging the gap between country and pop music.
- “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”- Rihanna
Rihanna Fenty, the founder of Fenty Beauty, is a Barbadian pop and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer who rose to international prominence in the early twenty-first century, known for her distinctive and versatile voice as well as her fashionable appearance.
- “I don’t think about beauty. I wake up and I want to be a smarter person, that’s my focus. … I’m encouraging certainly my girls that if they can make their inside and who they are really, really stunning then everything falls together.” –Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie DCMG is a humanitarian, actress, and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. She has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globes, and has been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress several times.
- “I don’t believe in failure. It’s not a failure if you enjoy the process.” – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is an American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur, best known for her syndicated daily talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She rose to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in the United States.
- “Don’t mistake politeness for lack of strength.” – Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor, the fearless federal trial court judge who saved Major League Baseball from a ruinous 1995 strike, became the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic and third female justice.
- “Hear me as a woman. Have me as your sister. On purpled battlefield breaking day, So I might say our victory is just beginning, See me as change, Say I am movement, That I am the year, and I am the era of the women.” –Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman was the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate, according to Glamour Magazine. She has performed her poetry at the Library of Congress and on MTV.
- “By propagating women’s nature as non-violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society.” -Anuradha Ghandy
Anuradha Ghandy (March 28, 1954 – April 12, 2008) was a communist, writer, and revolutionary leader from India. She was a member of the Communist Party of India’s Central Committee (Maoist). In Maharashtra, she was a founding member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist).
- “I am a woman and a warrior. If you think I can’t be both, you’ve been lied to.” -Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Zeyn Joukhadar is a writer from Syria. For The Thirty Names of Night, Joukhadar won the 2021 Stonewall Book Awards as well as the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction.
- “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
Career. McKean founded Reverb, which produces the online dictionary Wordnik. She was previously the editor-in-chief of Oxford University Press’s US Dictionaries and the Principal Editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition.
- “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”-Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Hilda Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Conservative Party Leader from 1975 to 1990.
- “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” ― Estee Lauder
Estee Lauder was known for her business acumen and ingenuity, and she received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Award.
- “Nay, do not weep; new hopes, new dreams, new faces, The unspent joy of all the unborn years, Will prove your heart a traitor to its sorrow And make your eyes unfaithful to their tears.”– Sarojini Naidu
Sarojini Naidu was a prolific poet whose works included The Golden Threshold (1905), The Bird of Time (1906), and The Bird of Time (1907). (1912). She witnessed mistreatment of women in political and legislative bodies.
- “Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.”– Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem is a feminist, political activist, and journalist from the United States. Since the mid-twentieth century, she has been a leading feminist spokesperson, helping to launch a number of civil rights organisations and publications.
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You can also share one of these inspiring International Women’s Day quotes on social media to raise awareness and empower women. These feminist quotes come from women of all ages and backgrounds. These inspirational Women’s Day quotes, from Rupi Kaur to Maya Angelou and Eleanor Roosevelt, will have you ready to take on the world and keep your head held high no matter what!