50 Quotes by Inspiring Women

Women from all walks of life have something to say. Let's let their voices be heard. From politicians and celebrities to scientists and writers, we have compiled a list of 50 quotes by women to inspire you in your daily life

by Rachel Johnson | 08 Mar, 2023
50 quotes by inspiring women



Women belong in all places where decisions are being made…It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


I asked questions; I wanted to know why. They got used to me asking questions and being the only woman there.

Katherine Johnson, American mathematician and NASA space scientist


Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope.

Susan Solomon, American Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.  

Maya Angelou, American poet



I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist


I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author


Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States House of Representative and activist


Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.

Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host


What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall, English primatologist


The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!

Dolly Parton, American singer-songwriter


A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.

Betty Friedan, American writer



Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.

Helen Keller, American author


I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.

Serena Williams, American tennis player


At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.

Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter


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, American activist


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States


As women, we may not be a minority, but there is a bond that we all share. It is not a bond of geography. Or religion. Or culture. It is a bond of shared experience - experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face.

Amal Clooney, Lebanese-British barrister 



I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance. 

Bell Hooks, American author


You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind. 

Yoko Ono, Japanese multimedia artist


Tolerance and compassion are active, not passive states, born of the capacity to listen, to observe and to respect others.

Indira Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India


You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.

Shirley Chisholm, Former Member of the New York State Assembly


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, Barbadian singer and CEO of FentyBeauty


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, Vice President of the United States


Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

G.D. Anderson, Australian feminist writer


When I stopped thinking of other women as competition and started thinking about them as my partners in life… My whole experience of life changed.

America Ferrera, American actress


My number one advice? The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself.

Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian fashion designer, philanthropist, and author



Women feel like we need permission…we need to lead and change that.

Emma Watson, English actress and activist


I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

Estée Lauder, American businesswoman


We want girls to be creators of tech, not mere users. Watching them write code is beautiful. ... The joy on their faces, that's more than money. I can't buy it. 

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Nigerian social impact entrepreneur and human development expert


Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.

Viola Davis, American actress


Success breeds confidence.

Beryl Markham, Kenyan aviator


A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else.

Zendaya, American actress



I want to be a good leader, not a good lady leader. I don’t want to be known simply as the woman who gave birth.

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand


Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.

Rosalind Russell, American actress


The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.

Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States


The challenge is not to be perfect… It’s to be whole.

Jane Fonda, American actress


A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.

Gina Carey, American filmmaker


You have what it takes to be a victorious, fearless, independent woman.

Tyra Banks, American TV personality, model, and businesswoman



Don’t be a lady, be a legend.

Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter


The point is that people have to continue always speaking up. And not being afraid.

Jodi Kantor, American journalist


Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams.

Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter


I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives, but as nouns.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American writer and activist


Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance in the world to pursue your dreams.

Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State



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