March is recognized as Women’s History month in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. As this special month comes to a close, it seems appropriate to acknowledge just a few of the inspirational women of our past through their powerful words. This collection of empowering quotes for women is full of inspiration and wisdom. Enjoy!
Many of the women who are quoted here were (or are) rule-breakers and trendsetters. They were not afraid to challenge believes and limitations because they saw a brighter future. The believed in the possibilities and they believed in their power to effect change. It reminds me of that prayer, “God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can not, and the wisdom to know the difference.” And maybe what made these ladies so powerful was that they did not adopt serenity too quickly!
I find quotes empowering when they give you permission to see the world in a new way. Permission to believe. I find quotes empowering when they give you confidence in yourself. Confidence to try again or to start something new. I find quotes empowering when they make me dream. Dreaming is a power that we sometimes forget we have. If a quote shares hope and faith, well then it is very empowering. Sometimes when you are close to giving up, you just need a nudge to keep trying.
15 Of My Favorite Empowering Quotes For Women:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.” — Jane Austen
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” — Amelia Earhart
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant to be your own person, be independent.” — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.'” — Anna Quindlen (former New York Times writer and 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner)
“I think that being happy makes the biggest impact on your physical appearance.” — Drew Barrymore
“If you can find something you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play.” — Marissa Meyer (Yahoo CEO)
“I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.” — Queen Latifah
“I would rather die a meaningful life than to live a meaningless life.” — Corazon Aquino (the first female president of the Philippines)
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
“When they go low, we go high.” ―
“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
“Perhaps the hardest part in finding your courage is remembering how you lost it in the first place. We do not suddenly become people who settle for the ordinary and the safe places. Such things happen to us in increments of time as we bargain away our questing selves for the promises of security.”
“Women need to work together if we want to dispel the myth that there’s only room for one woman at the table.”
“At many points in your life, you’ll be taught by those who are afraid of women that women are much less than they really are. Don’t believe them. Being a woman is powerful. Use that power; don’t waste it.”
10 More Empowering Quotes By Women That Will Get You Thinking
“Forget being lady-like and allow yourself to show the world just how
unapolegeticaly angry this inequality makes you.” ―
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” ― J.K. Rowling
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” ― Oprah Winfrey
“You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.” ― Angela Merkel
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ― Roseanne Barr
“Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.” -Ava DuVernay
“Females are the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are.” -Alicia Keys
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” -Margaret Thatcher
“Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.” -Marilyn Monroe
“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
Lots of amazing women have come before us. Let their courage and example lead you forward to recognize your own power. Which empowering quotes for women are your favorite? Which strong women do you admire? Do you have any favorite empowerment quotes that are not on the list?