The World has progressed. Humans have evolved from apes digging in the dirt to people at the helm of space exploration. What begs the question is if the mentality in people has expanded as well.
Women have always been an integral part of civilisation. They have been grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. And for centuries, they were bound by these roles cast upon them.
With the dawn of a new era, women are finally breaking out of their imposed shells and are finding that they can be more than grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. They can be entrepreneurs, leaders, spiritualists, doctors, scientists, business heads, social architects, pioneers.
20 Quotes on Women Empowerment
Here are 20 quotes to raise the morals of those women who are in the fight to break out of their cocoons and for uplifting the spirits of those who are leading the charge:
1. “I raise up my voice—not 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.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani social activist who fights for female education. She is also the youngest Nobel Prize laureate ever.
2. “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
G.D. Anderson is a poet, and the above quote of hers is one of the most renowned. By just the above three sentences, she has changed the way the World perceives women, and how women look at themselves.
3. “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 civilisation in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'” — Erin McKean
Erin McKean is an American Lexicographer, which means she lives by her words. And what powerful words her quote carries!
4. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” —Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates is defined not just as ‘the wife of Bill Gates’. She is very much her own person as an American business person and philanthropist.
5. “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
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an author with a MacArthur Genius Grant. She is not just a prominent but a leading Anglophone author inspiring young generations towards African literature for its revival.
6. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand was a Russian-born American novelist, playwright and screenwriter who developed the philosophical system called ‘Objectivism’.
7. “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
Madeleine Albright is a diplomat and recognised as a great politician as the first woman Secretary of State of USA.
8. “I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.” ― Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg is royalty who carved her path beyond the social status being a princess already afforded her. She is a prominent fashion designer with a successful company that she stands at the helm of.
9. “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
Sheila Murray Bethel is an author and one of the most renowned leadership experts in the World. She has motivated organisations and people to become leaders and experts.
10. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a peace activist and author. He is an exiled Buddhist monk who rose above his adversities to become an advocate for his powerful message of non-violence.
11. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt is a name well known as the longest-serving First Lady of USA. She was also a diplomat and a famous activist.
12. “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” — Madonna
Madonna is one of the most well-known faces in the world. Her singing career launched her into fame from which sprung an influential feminist who rocked the World!
13. “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
Marissa Mayer is a computer scientist and business executive. She holds the post of CEO in Yahoo, one of the largest conglomerates in the World.
14. “I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.” — Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is perhaps a name that is known in even the remotest corners. Her talk shows are legendary, and her role as a philanthropist is unquestionable.
15. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland
Judy Garland was one of the finest vaudevillians of her time. Her personal struggles made her quotes an inspiration for women everywhere.
16. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel is a fashion designer with a million dollar brand. Her timeless designs are a perfect accompaniment to her amazing quotes.
17. “Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.” — Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is a multi-award winning actress. Her beauty has been the desire of many. But she proved her feminine strength by undergoing a voluntary mastectomy, raising the spirits of all women suffering from or scared of breast cancer.
18. “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 naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” — Anaïs Nin
Anaïs Nin was a French-born novelist and essayist most famous for her internationally acclaimed journals. Her unabashed foray into erotica is a leading charge for women today.
19. “By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author and a fearless aviator. Her quotes are a derivation from her challenging conventionally defined gender roles as an aeronaut herself.
20. “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” — Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon was a woman of many talents. In an age when feminism was discouraged, she rose to become a prominent actress and playwright.
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