52 inspirational quotes for women to share throughout the year
Don't underestimate the power of words.
Words can motivate, inspire, educate, energize and mobilize.
Women from past and present, and from different countries, backgrounds, experiences, mindsets and job positions have such impactful thoughts to share.
Here are 52 thoughtful quotes from great women of the world - one for every week of the year!
American Journalist & Social-political Activist
“Don’t think about making women fit the world - think about making the world fit women.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
American Lawyer and Jurist
“As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.”
American Attorney, Author & Former First Lady of the United States
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
“I think realizing that you’re not alone, that you are standing with millions of your sisters around the world is vital.”
Fashion Designer & Businesswoman
“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.”
Singer-songwriter & Musician
“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.”
Actress & Singer
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
"Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on."
Technology Executive, Philanthropist & Writer
“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.”
Professional Soccer Player
"Every person has a responsibility to be a participant in this society and make it a better place for everybody, in whatever capacity they can."
Actress & Producer
"I encourage women to step up. Don't wait for somebody to ask you."
Playwright & Poet
"Where there is a woman, there is magic."
Author, Journalist, Editor & Television Host
“Friends. Sisters. Mothers. Professors. When women affirm women, it unlocks our power. It gives us permission to shine brighter.”
Actress & Film Producer
"Do not live someone else's life and someone else's idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you."
Singer, Songwriter & Businesswoman
"If everything was perfect, you would never learn, and you would never grow."
Writer, Professor, Philosopher, Poet & Civil Rights Activist
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
Poet, Illustrator, Photographer & Author
"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.”
Television Presenter & Executive
"Believe in yourself and be proud of who you are. Don't let anyone tell you differently. There is beauty in everyone and no one should stop you from growing into a confident and strong young person."
“I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed, and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.”
“Take the wisdoms of the women in this world and keep them at your side, always.”
Author, Wellness Educator & Podcast Host
"I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength."
"Life is tough, my darling, but so are you."
“I will always be the girl who believed she could make it to the moon, in a world that still debates whether girls should have an education and whether women should have reproductive rights.”
Writer & Founder of The Cova Project
"Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength."
Actress & Activist
“Do not ever sell yourself short.”
Author & Journalist
“After all those years as a woman hearing, ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I am enough.’"
Memoirist, Poet & Civil Rights Activist
"I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life."
Primatologist & Anthropologist
“One individual cannot possibly make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference - all the difference in the world!”
Actress & Activist
“I’ve never been interested in being invisible and erased."
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
Matilda Joslyn Gage
Writer & Activist
“The women of today are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied and made alive. They are active, capable, determined and bound to win. They have one-thousand generations back of them...Millions of women dead and gone are speaking through us today.”
“I am a woman and I get to define what that means.”
Author, Syndicated Columnist & Businesswoman
"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."
Actress & Actor
“Feminism is not just about women; it’s about letting all people lead fuller lives.”
Professor, Author & Podcast host
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
Actress, Activist & Model
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
Actress, Screenwriter & Producer
"If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself."
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Track & Field Athlete
"The only one who can tell you 'you can't win' is you, and you don't have to listen."
Journalist, Editor, Critic, Translator & Activist
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
Actress & Model
"Sometimes things fall apart, so that better things can fall together."
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Talk Show Host, Television Producer, Actress & Author
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”
“I can encourage the women who are striving to get their footing in the world to keep pushing and to express themselves.”
"The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence."
"I don’t get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet.”
"I don't really think about other people's opinions or expectations. The only ones I have are that of myself, to improve and get better."
"I have learned you are never too small to make a difference."
"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you."
Poet, Playwright, Writer & Illustrator
“Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills before the onset of a hurricane.”
Author, activist & Technology Entrepreneur
“She has a voice. If you can’t hear it, it’s because you’re too busy talking.”
Author, Disability Rights Advocate, Political Activist & Lecturer
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
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