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51 Powerful International Women’s Day Quotes

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These powerful international women’s day quotes from inspiring women of all times will encourage you to never give up on your dreams and never be ashamed of who you are, always fighting for what you want.


Women have come a long way but the journey is not ended. We are so not done in our fight for equality, respect and freedom. It is our right and our duty to continue our battle to be eventually considered as worthy as any men, to have equal salary and equal opportunity, to stop harassment. For the world to understand that how we look is not a pass to abuse and violence.

As the old saying goes “Behind a man, there is always a great woman”. Although many find it discriminating for the word “behind” I actually find it spot on.

Throughout history, you must have noticed how great men and great action have always been led with the help of a woman. Bolivar’s faithful companion Manuelita Saenz, was an irreplaceable asset in the Liberator’s strategy to free The Gran Colombia from the Spanish domination. And so was Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, la Corregidora, married to the Corregidor of Queretaro who was a fundamental character in the Mexican fight for Independence. And so many more.

Not surprisingly heroines are lesser known than heroes. But we are going to change that.

I mentioned those two women because I have read about them at the time I was writing this post, but I will publish a different article on the women who made history.

For now, let’s enjoy these quotes from powerful women of all times that are spot on to our cause and can inspire us to continue on our journey to freedom.

1.

We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.”

Malala Yousafzai

2.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

Eleonor Roosvelt

3.

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

Rosa Parks
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4.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleonor Roosvelt

5.

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

Michelle Obama

6.

“We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.”

Emma Watson

7.

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”

Mary Shilley

8.

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

Serena Williams

9.

“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” 

 Hillary Clinton

10.

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” 

— Arianna Huffington

11.

“I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.” 

— Tory Burch

12.

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story—I will.”

 — Amy Schumer” 

13.

“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” 

— Mia Hamm

14.

“More than ever, I am aware of the need to support and celebrate each other. I like to believe I am part of a global support group network of 3.4 billion. Imagine: if you can fall back on the 3.5 billion sisters, and the many good men who are with us, what could we possibly not achieve?” 

Nicole Kidman

15.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

 Mary Anne Radmacher

16.

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant to be your own person, be independent.” 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

17.

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself” 

– Simone de Beauvoir

18.

“You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.” 

– Angela Merkel 

19.

“My coach said I run like a girl. And I said if he ran a little faster, he could too.” 

— Mia Hamm

20.

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” 

Nora Ephron

21.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” 

Anaïs Nin

22.

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” 

— Anne Lamott

23.

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” 

— Erica Jong

24.

“A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself.” 

 

Lena Dunham 

25.

“I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey, that you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.’ 

Lupita Nyong’o” 

26.

“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

27.

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” 

Ayn Rand

28.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there are love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” 

Ella Fitzgerald 

29.

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” 

Emma Stone

30.

“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

31.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”  

—  Maya Angelou

32.

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” 

Margaret Atwood

33.

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”

Kavita Ramdas

34.

“My true potential had more to do with my willingness to struggle than with my past and present circumstances.”

― Hope Jahren

35.

“Respect, Love, and Value yourself. Always remember to be good to yourself by taking care of yourself. Make yourself a priority and know that it’s okay. Don’t feel guilty for loving yourself, first! You’re just as important as anybody else.”

― Stephanie Lahart

36.

“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.” 

— Dolly Parton

37.

“One of the most courageous decisions you’ll make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” 

Brigitte Nicole 

38.

“I want a courageous heart, a heart that does the right thing even when it’s afraid.” 

 Lauren Gaskill 

39.

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”

Kavita Ramdas

40.

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within- strength, courage, dignity.” 

 Ruby Dee

41.

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for”

Oprah Winfrey

42.

“Never underestimate the power of a kind woman. Kindness is a choice that comes from incredible strength.”

Anonymous 

43.

“If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be dead. And, as a life strategy, I don’t really recommend it.”

― Menna van Praag

44.

“People call you crazy because they don’t know the incredible freedom in being one.”

 SHUBHRA MOHANTY

45.

“A real hero would teach the princess how to save herself .”

J.T. Geissinger

46.

“Get in the habit of following through. Keep the promises you make to yourself.”

― Liv Hansen

47.

“A princess attracts a prince, and a queen attracts a king. Women who whine attract men who whine. Women full of the lioness heart attract men who are full of the lion.”

― Marianne Williamson

48.

You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”

 Melissa Etheridge

49.

“Women empowerment must never be perceived as a means of imparting arrogance to women, but a means to help them identify their talents and use those talents to make an impact.”

― Gift Gugu Mona

50.

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” 

— Maya Angelou

51.

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” 

— Louise Hay

And for last, a quote from a man, about International women’s day that I have always agreed upon:

“Shouting about gender equality once a year doesn’t end the patriarchal and misogynistic stereotypes. We must live every day as women’s day, only then will there be actual, practical equality in this world.”
― Abhijit Naskar


I really hope you have been impacted by these quotes as much as I was. While I was researching for them I picked the ones that resonated with me and the way I live my life. That’s why I selected them with the hope to inspire you to follow your dreams and choose love above fear. That’s what I did and It’s working so far ;).

Let me know if you have any other quotes in your mind that you want me to add to this powerful list.

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