100 Women Empowerment Quotes to Inspire You

An empowered woman, I believe, is someone who doesn’t tolerate impartial treatment to her kind and takes the lead when it’s being called for. It is not her goal to take over men or the world but one who is willing and ready to do so as necessary.

Does this sound inspiring to you? I guess, pretty yes! So, here are 100 women empowerment quotes to inspire you.

100 Women Empowerment Quotes

  1. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeny
  2. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” – Michelle Obama
  3. “Ladies! I encourage you NOT to be so easily flattered by what a man has. Be flattered by his strength, courage, integrity, and character as a man. Be impressed by his ability to be honest, faithful, loving, and respectful to you. Be impressed because he can communicate and openly express his feelings. Be impressed because he’s got confidence, direction, and purpose in his life. Be impressed because he’s a quality man, NOT a fine man. Real Talk!” – Stephanie Lahart
  4. “I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
  5. “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
  6. “Your beauty as a woman continues to shine regardless of what mud may spatter you during the storms of your life. Women who have been assaulted or assailed, remember that your purity of Essence is never touched or marred by any human hands or human anger.” – Elizabeth Eiler
  7. “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
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “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
  11. “We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai
  12. “If a woman can only succeed by emulating men, I think it is a great loss and not a success. The aim is not only for a woman to succeed, but to keep her womanhood and let her womanhood influence society.” – Suzanne Brogger
  13. “Woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild
  14. “Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.” – Charlotte Bunch
  15. “My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.” – Ani DiFranco
  16. “I’ve always been a big believer in equality. No one has ever been able to tell me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl.” – Anne Hathaway
  17. “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
  18. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” – Rebecca West
  19. “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel
  20. “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
  21. “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
  22. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  23. “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” – Anaïs Nin
  24. “I always thought that people told you that you’re beautiful–that this was a title that was bestowed upon you. I think that it’s time to take this power into our own hands and to say, “You know what? I’m beautiful. I just am. And that’s my light. I’m just a beautiful woman.” – Margaret Cho
  25. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey
  26. “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
  27. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick
  28. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyonce
  29. “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
  30. “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” – Anais Nin
  31. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald
  32. “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 validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.” – Lupita Nyong’o
  33. “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
  34. “So here is the quick way of working out if you’re a feminist. Put your hand in your pants. a) Do you have a vagina? and b) Do you want to be in charge of it? If you said “yes” to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist.” – Caitlin Moran
  35. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” – Amy Poehler
  36. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn
  37. “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
  38. “Really take the time to focus on finding your voice and making sure that whatever you’re creating is of high quality and is useful for people in their everyday lives.” – Brit Morin
  39. “Be the kind of woman that makes other woman want to be you.” – Topaz
  40. “Women are as capable as men and this needs to be the focus of our education, that women can be whatever they want to be.” – DJ Zinhale
  41. “Always respect yourself as a woman. You attract what you are, so be very mindful of how you’re representing yourself. If you want respect, you must first learn how to respect yourself, first. Attracting negative attention is never a good thing. Be a woman of substance! Be a woman that both women and men respect, admire, and look up to. Don’t disrespect yourself by lowering your standards and accepting just anything that comes your way. It’s okay to be single! If you want a relationship of substance, you can’t keep entertaining people and things that mean you no good. Think about it! It’s all up to you.” – Stephanie Lahart
  42. “Work smart. Get things done. No nonsense. Move fast.” – Susan Wojcicki
  43. “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.” – William Golding
  44. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama
  45. “On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” – Oprah Winfrey
  46. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Clinton
  47. “I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that.” — Melinda Gates
  48. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
  49. “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going. You’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there.” – Taylor Swift
  50. “If women understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.” – Emily Taft Douglas
  51. “[My mother] told me that fear was not an option. I was always told that women are stronger, so I believed it.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
  52. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” – Florence Nightingale
  53. “The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description.” – Steve Maraboli
  54. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani
  55. “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.” – Sojourner Truth
  56. “Whether women are better than men I cannot say. But I can say they are certainly no worse.” – Golda Meir
  57. “I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft
  58. “Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and you educate a family.” – A.Cripps
  59. “I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.” – Sonia Sotomayor
  60. “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with the popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up.” – Gloria Steinem
  61. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde
  62. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  63. “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
  64. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
  65. “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.” – Naomi Wolf
  66. “Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.” – Gail Blanke
  67. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”– Margaret Thatcher
  68. “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
  69. “A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  70. “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 Monáe
  71. “I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  72. “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
  73. “The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” – Susan B. Anthony
  74. “Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women.” – Michelle Bachelet
  75. “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” – Susan B. Anthony
  76. “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
  77. “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony
  78. “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
  79. “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
  80. “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
  81. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart
  82. “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
  83. “The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  84. “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
  85. “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie
  86. “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 history – empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.” – Hillary Clinton
  87. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” – Clare Boothe Luce
  88. “I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.” – Meryl Streep
  89. “Most people who meet my wife quickly conclude that she is remarkable. They are right about this. She is smart, funny and thoroughly charming. Often, after hearing her speak at some function or working with her on a project, people will approach me and say something to the effect of, you know, I think the world of you, Barack, but your wife, wow!” – Barack Obama
  90. “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton
  91. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
  92. “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
  93. “Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.”– Madame Marie du Deffand
  94. “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
  95. “Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.” – Caroline Myss
  96. “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
  97. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates
  98. “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
  99. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” – Rhonda Hansome

100. “We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.” – Rosalyn Sussman

Conclusion

Ladies, do remember that as we learn and be inspired by the women before us who fought for equal freedom and rights, it becomes our duty to continue empowering others as well. There should be no women left behind. Only then can we say that we have triumphed.

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