Words To Live by From Women Who Made History

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Words have unparalleled power, and this power is immortalized in the form of inspirational quotes. There’s something special about a good quote that has the ability to mobilize, to encourage and to get you out of bed in the morning. 

The same could be said for the power of women. We all have a woman in our lives who always knows just what to say—whether it be positive affirmations or words of consolation. For Women’s History Month, we have put together a collection of inspirational quotes from a wide range of inspirational women. From record-shattering athletes, trailblazing activists and acclaimed authors, we want to honor the remarkable women who continue to inspire us and serve as examples for girls and women around the globe. 

We want to honor the remarkable women who continue to inspire us and serve as examples for girls and women around the globe. 

We hope these quotes resonate with you, as you celebrate the women in your lives this month and all year long. 

“I don’t think you can win a Grand Slam and not be confident in yourself.” – Naomi Osaka, 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam title winner and the highest-paid female athlete in the world 

“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.” – Greta Thunberg, teenage climate activist and TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2017

“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, first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize and a trailblazer in STEM fields 

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald, jazz music icon and the first Black woman to win a Grammy 

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf, famed author of Mrs. Dalloway and a feminism activist

“I am experienced enough to do this. I am knowledgeable enough to do this. I am prepared enough to do this. I am mature enough to do this. I am brave enough to do this.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, youngest woman ever elected to US Congress 

“I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth, to stand for what is right — to continue to respect each other.” – Meghan Markle, actress, women’s advocate and Duchess of Sussex 

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights activist and former First Lady 

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and herself only.” – Maya Angelou, civil rights activist, acclaimed poet and writer

“I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them.” – Shonda Rhimes, acclaimed television producer, screenwriter and author

 “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” – Malala Yousafzai, advocate for womens’ education and youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

 “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” – Malala Yousafzai,

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean 

What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes from leading women? What pioneering women in American history do you look up to?

Image via Michaela Winstone, Darling Issue No. 22

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