The Best 50 Powerful Women Quotes

They are some of the strongest businesswomen in the world providing daily inspiration to all. Gain new ideas and insights from these 50 powerful role models who run enterprises around the world


“No matter how senior you get in an organization, no matter how well you’re perceived to be doing, your job is never done.”
Abigail Johnson, President and CEO of Fidelity Investments

“If women understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.”
Emily Taft Douglas, American Politician 

“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”
Meg Whitman, American Business Executive, Political activist and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

“Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women.”
Bachelet Michelle, Chilean Politician, former president of Chile 

“Some leaders are born women.”
Geraldine Ferraro, First female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party


“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.”
Hillary Clinton, American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker

“What I do for my work is exactly what I would do if nobody paid me.”
Gretchen Rubin, Author of the Happiness Project 

“None of us can know what we are capable of until we are tested.”
Elizabeth Blackwell, First woman to graduate from medical school in the US 

“Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry’.”
Trish Bertuzzi, CEO, The Bridge Group Inc


“The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.”
Caterina Fake, American Entrepreneur and Businesswoman, founder of Flickr and Hunch

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
Marissa Mayer, Former CEO, Yahoo

“Stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t let any one person’s opinion move you; listen, but be confident.”
Amanda Kahlow, Founder 6Sense 

“Be an amateur. Not everything you do has to be good, especially at first.”
Ann Handley, Digital Marketing Pioneer, Writer, Speaker 

“If you’re not learning, you’re falling behind. Somebody else is getting better as you’re becoming less valuable. I see so many irrelevant salespeople I want to cry. They stopped learning.”

Jill Konrath, Sales strategist, speaker and the author of sales books ‘Selling to big companies’ and ‘SNAP selling’  


“I’ve never thought of myself as a female engineer, or founder, or a woman in tech. I just think of myself as someone who’s passionate.”
Leah Busque, Co-founder and Executive Chairwoman, Taskrabbit

“Stick to your true north― build greatness for the long term.”
Ruth Porat, CFO Alphabet 

“And if the end result is that someone, somewhere winds up believing they can do something out of the ordinary, well, then you’ve really made it.”
Angela Ahrendts, SVP Retail, Apple 

“One of the best things you can do is stop and listen; that’s why it’s good to not just immediately respond when someone talks to you. Just stop and make sure you internalized what they said.”
Lori Richardson, Founder Scoremoresales 


“Find something that makes you happy and gives you a feeling of purpose, but also challenges you.”
Kristen Facciol, Operations Engineer, Mission Control at the Canadian Space Agency. 

“It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.”
Weili Dai, Co-founder, former director and former president of Marvell Technology Group

“At the end of the day, you are the only one that is limiting your ability to dream or to actually execute on your dreams. Don’t let yourself get in the way of that.”
Falon Fatemi, CEO and founder at Node, Ex-Googler, Angel investor

“I like to say it’s an attitude of not just thinking outside the box, but not even seeing the box.”
Safra A Catz, Israeli born American Business Executive at Oracle Corporation since 1999

“Building a brand means knowing your story and building and sharing that story.”
Tamara McCleary, Founder and CEO of Thulium, a brand amplification company 


“I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance too?”
Jill Konrath, Sales strategist, speaker and the author of sales books ‘Selling to big companies’ and ‘SNAP selling’  

“People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side insecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.”
Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder of CloudFlare

“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.”
Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop

“Walt Disney told his crew to ‘build the castle first’ when constructing Disney World, knowing that vision would continue to serve as motivation throughout the project. Oftentimes when people fail to achieve what they want in life, it’s because their vision isn’t strong enough.”
Gail Blanke, President and CEO of Life Designs 

“The glass ceiling that once limited a woman’s career path has paved a new road towards business ownership, where women can utilize their sharp business acumen while building strong family ties.”
Erica Nicole, Founder YFS Magazine

“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”
Madam C J Walker, African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.”
Tory Burch, American fashion designer


“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
Madeleine Albright, American politician, diplomat, first female the United States, Secretary of State

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian and civil rights activist

“If you follow your heart if you listen to your gut, and if you extend your hand to help another, not for any agenda, but for the sake of humanity, you are going to find the truth.”
Erin Brokovich, American legal clerk and environmental activist 

“To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, American academist and business leader who coined the term ’empowerment’ and ’employee participation’ 

“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.”
Helena Rubenstein, American businesswoman, who started one of the world’s first cosmetic companies

“Do not be afraid to make decisions.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes.”
Carly Florina, First female CEO of a fortune 20 company

“I was probably, definitely, not normal. I was reading Moby Dick from start to finish when I was about nine. I read a ton of books. I still have a notebook with a complete design for a time machine that I designed when I must have been, like, seven. The wonderful thing about the way I was raised is that no one ever told me that I couldn’t do those things.”
Elizabeth Holmes, Founder of Theranos and America’s youngest female billionaire

“I’ve always been a bit of an introvert, but just because you don’t fit the classic mould doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader. You just need to find your own style and someone with a similar style who you can learn from.”
Jess Lee, Co-founder and CEO of Polyvore 

“I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well.”
Alaina Percival, CEO and Board Chair, Women Who Code

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
Sarah Blakely, American Billionaire businesswoman, and founder of Spanx

“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.”
Natalie Clifford Barney, American Playwright, Poet and Novelist

“You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”
Tina Fey, American actress, comedian, writer, producer, playwright

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”
Lucile Ball, American, first woman to head a major Hollywood Television Studio 

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