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50 Inspiring Quotes From Strong Women We Love

50 Inspiring Quotes From Strong Women We Love

20,812 April 9th, 2014
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As has been observed before, we sometimes feel like it’s Beyoncé’s world and we’re just living in it—in the sense that her music is everywhere, true, but moreso that her message of female empowerment pervades our every thought pattern. And she’s not the only strong woman whose quotes we cling to on a regular basis—there are countless women who continue to inspire, elevate, and empower females everywhere.

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From politicians like Margaret Thatcher to pop culture icons like Madonna and Tilda Swinton, they all offer very powerful things to women (and the world) at large. See our top 50 inspiring quotes from strong women below!

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1. Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. — Beyoncé

2. Sit down and ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ What grosses me out the most? What makes me the most upset — is it healthcare? Is it so many people being hungry in our culture? Is it sexual abuse?  Mix that with doing something you love, something you could keep doing forever and ever. For me it was ending violence against women, and I mixed it with music. And I’ve had a 25-year career. So that’s my advice: Find something you really care about and mix that with something you love doing. — Kathleen Hanna

3. Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with. —Michelle Obama

4. We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. — Malala Yousafzai

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5. I would rather be handsome for an hour than pretty for a week. — Tilda Swinton

6. Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard. — Olivia Wilde

7.Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore. — Lady Gaga

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8. I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. — Madonna

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9. Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you. — Hillary Clinton

10.When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier. — Sheryl Sandberg

11. I said, ‘Instead of going in the direction that a lot of the women singers are going in [revealing], I’ll be very, very sexy under 18 pounds of chiffon and lace and velvet…I will have mystique.’ — Stevie Nicks

12.I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto. — Demi Lovato

13. The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn’t plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed. — Diane Von Furstenberg

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14. The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. — Gloria Steinem

15. I’ll be honest with you. I’m a little bit of a loner. It’s been a big part of my maturing process to learn to allow people to support me. I tend to be very self-reliant and private. And I have this history of wanting to work things out on my own and protect people from what’s going on with me. — Kerry Washington

16. Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination. — Mae Jemison

17. In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. — Margaret Thatcher

18. The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. — Gloria Steinem

19. As long as you keep a person down, some part of has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might. — Marian Anderson

20. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. — Maya Angelou

21. The most effective way to do it, is to do it. — Amelia Earhart

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22. If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. — Katharine Hepburn

23. Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is. — Anne Frank

24. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself. — Ethel Barrymore

25. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. — Sally Berger

26. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. — Eleanor Roosevelt

27. A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one. — Marjorie Kinnan

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28. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me. — Ayn Rand

29. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. — Erica Jong

30. I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. — Mary Louise Alcott

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31. Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage. — Anaïs Nin

32. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. — J.K. Rowling

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33. The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. — Coco Chanel

34. Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. — Elizabeth Gilbert

35. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. — Helen Keller

36. I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become. — Oprah Winfrey

37. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions. — Catherine Cook

38. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. — Rosa Parks

39. Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live in? — Caroline Myss

40. It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine. — Byron Katie

41. Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. — Betty Friedan

42. 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 we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. — Marie Curie

43. A woman is the full circle. Within her is the ability to create, nurture, and transform. — Diane Mariechild

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

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

46. 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

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47. I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing toward being a champion. — Billie Jean King

48. I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. — Susan B. Anthony

49. The best protection any woman can have is courage. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

50. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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