To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve pulled together some inspirational quotes about female empowerment from some inspiring and strong women.
“Empowered women empower women.”
In a ever evolving world where we can be anything, let’s be collaborative and lift others up. After all, “a rising tide lifts all ships” – we’re on a quote roll up in here!
Too often, we see women putting each other down instead of lifting each other up and it’s time to change. Tall poppy syndrome has no place in an empowered woman’s life.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”– Helen Keller
There’s strength in numbers, and when women stand together, we can change our worlds and the world.
This collection of women’s empowerment quotes show just how powerful women can be when they support each other. Read on for some International Women’s Day inspiration, and start empowering women today!
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. Let us be them. May we raise them.”
Women Supporting Women quotes
“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another, we’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams
“Amazing things happen when women help other women.” – Kasia Gospoś
“Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you, and inspire you.” – Taylor Swift
“Behind every great woman… is another great woman.” – Kate Hodges
“Women need to support other women, not cut them down. And that goes for recognizable women too.” – Monica Lewinsky
“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” ‒ Brené Brown
“I’ve always championed women in politics. We just get stuck in; politics isn’t a game. The decisions we make affect people’s lives, and that is something we must all keep to the forefront of our minds.” – Theresa May
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyoncé
“I love a woman who’s solid in her shoes.” – Melissa McCarthy
“I always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” – Gloria Vanderbilt
“Support women on their way to the top. Trust that they will extend a hand to those who follow.” – Mariela Dabbah
“My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” – Taylor Swift
“Collaborate, don’t compete.” – Olivia Perez
“I believe in giving girls a chance to activate their potential without fear.” – Chimwemwe Chiweza
“I can promise you that women working together — linked, informed, and educated — can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” – Isabel Allende
“Using my voice to recognize and celebrate other women is a joy for me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” – Emma Watson
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild
“I just want women to always feel in control. Because we’re capable, we’re so capable.” – Nicki Minaj
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud.” — Coco Chanel
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton
“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie
“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” – Mia Hamm
“When the world tells you to shrink, expand.” – Elaine Welteroth
“I’m grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” – Maya Angelou
“When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.” – Solange Knowles
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.” – Meryl Streep
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou
“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.” – Dolly Parton
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
“Speak up for yourself and what you believe in. You can still be an elegant woman and be strong and powerful.” – Misty Copeland
“I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd; she is herself.” – Loretta Young
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde
“Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” ‒ Viola Davis
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” – Margaret Fuller
“It’s not about how many times you get rejected, fall down, or are beaten up; it’s about how many times you stand up, are brave, and keep on going.” – Lady Gaga
“I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything.” – Miley Cyrus
“We need to be more supportive with everything. With body images, especially with women, showing that all sizes are beautiful. And I’m talking about in magazines, advertisements in regard to what’s sexy and what’s not sexy. We all need to be a little more supportive of each other.” – Tia Mowry
“Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential. So it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.” – Meghan Markle
“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” – Emma Stone
“Beauty lies not in a flawless complexion but in the stories that are told by each transitioning line on a woman’s face.” – Alyscia Cunningham
“Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.” – Zoë Kravitz
“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell
“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn
“A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.” – Anne Roiphe
“The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence.” – Blake Lively
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who cares.” – Tina Fey
“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres
“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“When you are balanced, and when you listen and attend to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit, your natural beauty comes out.” – Christy Turlington
“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” – Kate Angell
“We are sisters and women need to stop being compared to other women. Beauty is not how we look, it is how we act.” – Khloé Kardashian
Strong Women quotes
“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
“Being a strong woman is very important to me. But doing it all on my own is not.” – Reba McEntire
“I am not a difficult woman at all. I am simply a strong woman and know my worth.” – Angelina Jolie
“There’s something about a woman with a loud mind that sits in silence, smiling, knowing she can crush you with the truth.” – R.G. Moon
“Don’t mistake politeness for lack of strength.” – Sonia Sotomayor
“I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.” – Zooey Deschanel
“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey
“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.” – Ellen J. Barrier
“Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” – P!nk
“Women are the real architects of society.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
“A man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the kind of man I would have no interest in.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates
“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
“As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.” – Madonna
“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry
“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland
“I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior—a fighter.” – Emma Watson
“Women have to harness their power—it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” – Cher
“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with” – Ellen J. Barrier
“Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” – Madame Marie du Deffand
“I want women to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad—human, basically.” – Natalie Portman
“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
“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.” – Arianna Huffington
“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson
“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.” – Nora Ephron
“Women that believe in each other can survive anything. Women who believe in each other create armies that will win kingdoms and wars.” – Nikita Gill
“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel
“There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” – Ginger Rogers
“Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.” – Kiera Cass
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn
“Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” – Elizabeth Cook
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn
“I love being a woman because I am not a man.” – Marilyn Monroe
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton
“Embrace who you are. Literally. Hug yourself. Accept who you are.” – Ellen Degeneres
Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions that women have made throughout history and in contemporary society. It’s a time to recognize the strength and resilience of women, who have overcome countless obstacles to achieve equality and make a positive impact on the world.
Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor the women who have played a significant role in shaping the world we live in today. From famous historical figures like Marie Curie, who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, to modern-day activists like Malala Yousafzai, who advocates for girls’ education, women have made a profound impact on society.
It’s also a time to recognize the challenges that women still face. Despite progress, women continue to experience discrimination and inequality in many areas of their lives. Women’s History Month is a reminder of the work that still needs to be done to achieve true gender equality.
Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to remember the struggles we have faced. It’s a time to reflect on the progress, celebrate the strong women that have come before us and the progress they helped us achieve, and to look to the future with hope and determination.
What is 2023 theme of International Women’s Day?
The 2023 theme of International Women’s Day is “Embrace Equity”.
For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity.
The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
Read more about this here.
#EmbraceEquity and #IWD2023 will connect you to the event on social media.
There are lots of missions for International Women’s Day 2023 ‒ after all, there’s a lot we as a society can do to embrace equity:
- To elevate women forging change via technology and sustainability in communities, workplaces, and beyond.
- To celebrate the work of women creatives and elevate visibility for commercial projects and commissions.
- To forge inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated.
- To elevate and advance gender parity in technology and celebrate the women forging innovation.
- To shine a spotlight on activity uplifting and inspiring women to pursue goals without bias or barrier.
- To assist women to be in a position of power to make informed decisions about their health.
- To celebrate women athletes and applaud when equality is achieved in pay, sponsorship and visibility.
When is the next International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is held every year on March 8th.
The next International Women’s Day will be on Wednesday, March 8th 2023.
What color do you wear on International Women’s Day?
The symbol of Venus (♀️) represents International Women’s Day.
But as the day also represents people who have lived a female experience ‒ in all of its forms ‒ the purple heart (💜) is becoming more well-known.
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