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!

Gloria Steinem

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.” 

Michelle Obama

American Attorney, Author & Former First Lady of the United States 

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” 

Malala Yousafzai 


“I think realizing that you’re not alone, that you are standing with millions of your sisters around the world is vital.”

Coco Chanel

Fashion Designer & Businesswoman

“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” 

Dolly Parton

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.” 

Judy Garland

Actress & Singer

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Serena Williams

Tennis Champion 

"Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on."

Sheryl Sandberg

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.” 

Megan Rapinoe

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."

Reese Witherspoon

Actress & Producer

"I encourage women to step up. Don't wait for somebody to ask you."

Ntozake Shange 

Playwright & Poet

"Where there is a woman, there is magic."

Elaine Welteroth 

Author, Journalist, Editor & Television Host

“Friends. Sisters. Mothers. Professors. When women affirm women, it unlocks our power. It gives us permission to shine brighter.” 

Viola Davis

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."

Audre Lorde

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.” 

Rupi Kaur 

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.” 

June Sarpong

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." 

Isabel Allende


“I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed, and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” 

Beanie Feldstein


“Take the wisdoms of the women in this world and keep them at your side, always.” 

Alex Elle

Author, Wellness Educator & Podcast Host

"I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength."

Stephanie Bennett-Henry


"Life is tough, my darling, but so are you."

Alaa Murabit


“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.” 

G.D. Anderson

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."

Jameela Jamil

Actress & Activist 

“Do not ever sell yourself short.” 

Anna Quindlen 

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.’"

Maya Angelou

Memoirist, Poet & Civil Rights Activist

"I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life."

Jane Goodall

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!” 

Laverne Cox

Actress & Activist 

“I’ve never been interested in being invisible and erased."

Lucille Ball


“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.” 

Swati Sharma


“I am a woman and I get to define what that means.” 

Arianna Huffington

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."

Jane Fonda

Actress & Actor

“Feminism is not just about women; it’s about letting all people lead fuller lives.” 

Brené Brown

Professor, Author & Podcast host

“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” 

Emma Watson

Actress, Activist & Model 

“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”

Beverly Sills

Operatic Soprano 

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” 

Mindy Kaling

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."

Margaret Fuller

Journalist, Editor, Critic, Translator & Activist

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”

Marilyn Monroe

Actress & Model

"Sometimes things fall apart, so that better things can fall together."

George Eliot


"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Oprah Winfrey

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.” 

Angela Yee

Radio Personality

“I can encourage the women who are striving to get their footing in the world to keep pushing and to express themselves.” 

Blake Lively


"The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence."

Carolina Herrera

Fashion Designer

"I don’t get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet.” 

Emma Raducanu 

Tennis Player

"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." 

Greta Thunberg


"I have learned you are never too small to make a difference."

Misty Copeland

Ballet Dancer

"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you." 

Nikita Gill

Poet, Playwright, Writer & Illustrator 

“Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills before the onset of a hurricane.” 

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh 

Author, activist & Technology Entrepreneur

“She has a voice. If you can’t hear it, it’s because you’re too busy talking.” 

Helen Keller

Author, Disability Rights Advocate, Political Activist & Lecturer

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

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