Today on the occasion of International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate all the women in our lives. This is a great time to reflect on how far we’ve come, applaud the acts of courage and persistence by ordinary women who have led extraordinary lives, and to commit to work towards eliminating the restrictions and hurdles that women face on a day-to-day basis.
We’ve achieved magnificent feats and technological advances, however, no country has achieved gender equality yet and there’s still much progress to be made. But if we choose we can all make things better and create a meaningful impact. You don’t have to do something monumental and heroic to change things — even making tiny tweaks in your thoughts, behaviors and actions every single day can amount to significant difference over time and create a ripple effect that brings benefits to one and all.
Here are 24 inspiring and empowering quotes by women from all walks of life to celebrate this special day.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice.” — Michelle Obama
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” — Helen Keller
“I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me.” — Ellen Degeneres
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” — Frida Kahlo
“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.”— Mindy Kaling
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.” — Susan B. Anthony
“If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise.” — Rupi Kaur
“If you’re comfortable with yourself and know yourself, you’re going to shine and radiate and other people are going to be drawn to you.” — Dolly Parton
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” — Brené Brown
“I’ve come to believe that seeking happiness is not a frivolous pursuit. It’s honorable and necessary. And most people forget even to think about it.” — Goldie Hawn
“There are people out there who are struggling and I’m struggling, and it’s okay to come to terms with that being okay, to realize that it’s gonna be a bit of a journey.” — Chrissy Teigen
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling
“I don’t believe in perfection. I don’t think there is such a thing. But the energy of wanting things to be great is a perfectionist energy.” — Reese Witherspoon
“Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” — Oprah Winfrey
“Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.” — Betty White
“One of the first steps to happiness is deciding that you want to be happy and knowing what that means.” — Julia Roberts
“We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be?” — Meghan Markle
“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
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn
“If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.” — Emma Watson
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