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35 EMPOWERING FEMINIST QUOTES FROM INSPIRING WOMEN

Words of wisdom from the trailblazers who make us proud to be women.

To all the women and men continuing the fight for feminism in 2017, get
inspired by the words of the trailblazing women who've said it best. From
Hillary Clinton to Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Rihanna and all the
unapologetic, courageous women in-between, these are the uplifting quotes
to live by.

1) "To all the little girls who are watching, 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 in her 2016
concession speech

2)"I raise up my voicenot so I can shout, but so that those without a voice
can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." Malala
Yousafzai

3)"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask
a woman." Margaret Thatcher

4) "I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes
me a bitch, okay." Madonna

5) "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I
am not going to be silent." Madeleine Albright

6) "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

7) "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

8) "Women are always saying,'We can do anything that men can do' but men
should be saying,'We can do anything that women can do.'" Gloria
Steinem

9) "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a
bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." Maya Angelou

10) "I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me." Maya


Angelou

11) "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It
shouldn't be that women are the exception." Ruth Bader Ginsburg
12) "You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to
your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to
random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it
to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a
rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'" Erin McKean

13) "A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman." Melinda
Gates

14) "A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of
women and men." Gloria Steinem

15) "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 in the March 2017 issue
of Harper's BAZAAR.

16) "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." Michelle


Obama

17) "When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her
opinion, she's a bitch."Bette Davis

18) "I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I
never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman." Diane von
Furstenberg

19) "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are
very different from my own." Audre Lorde

20) "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going
let's keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across
America has the opportunity she deserves to have." Hillary Clinton

21) "Feminism is for everybody" bell hooks

22) "Women are leaders everywhere you lookfrom the CEO who runs a
Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads
her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue
to break down walls and defy stereotypes." Nancy Pelosi

23) "The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that
fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-
hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop."
Emma Watson

23) "Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power." Shonda
Rhimes

24) "We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic,
reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and
heeded, not overlooked and ignored." Sheryl Sandberg
25) "Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I
do make some people uncomfortable, which I'm well aware of, but that's just
part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important
pieces of unfinished business in human historyempowering women to be
able to stand up for themselves." Hillary Clinton

26) "We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We
have to step up as women and take the lead."Beyonc

27)"A woman is like a tea bagyou never know how strong she is until she
gets in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

28) "I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and
confidently themselves, who bring light into the world." Meryl Streep

29) "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

30) "Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We
have names...It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was
woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman
that gave you Jesus. Don't you ever forget it." Janelle Mone

31) "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 storyI will." Amy
Schumer

32) "For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve
lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious
or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own
revolution. Naomi Wolf

33) "Women are the real architects of society."Harriet Beecher Stowe

34) "In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be
leaders."Sheryl Sandberg

35) "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights,
once and for all." Hillary Clinton

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail,
their failure should be a challenge to others.
Amelia Earhart

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture
and transform.
Diane Mariechild

Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed
by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that
woman in her which struggles for expression.
Margaret Sanger
There is no tool for development more effective than the
empowerment of women.
Kofi Annan

Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.


Mahnaz Afkhami

Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and


you educate a family.
A.Cripps

The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful


beyond description.
Steve Maraboli

If women understood and exercised their power they could remake


the world.
Emily Taft Douglas

When women participate in the economy, everyone benefits.


Hillary Clinton

A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until
she gets in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the


dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are
heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.
Sheryl Sandberg

Women are the real architects of society.


Harriet Beecher Stowe

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach


them the same things.
Plato

I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are
far superior and always have been.
William Golding

I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over


themselves.
Mary Wollstonecraft
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You
just take it.
Roseanne Barr
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
Hillary Clinton

Women are leaders everywhere you look -- from the CEO who runs a
Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and
heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we
will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.
Nancy Pelosi

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses


possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a
man at twice its natural size.
Virginia Woolf

Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are
always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on.
They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
Coco Chanel

I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say
'yes, women can.'
Dilma Roussete

The education and empowerment of women throughout the world


cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life
for all.
Aung San Suu Kyi

Women are not the problem. They're the solution.


Sheryl Wudunn

Women sleep on the right side of the bed because even while
sleeping they have to be right!
unknown

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing
less.
Susan B. Anthony

Don't just stand for the success of other women - insist on it.
Gail Blanke

Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower


women.
Michelle Bachelet
The higher the better. It's more about an attitude. High heels empower
women in a way.
Christian Louboutin