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36 Inspirational Quotes For Women By Women

Kick off 2022 strong with these wise words from women

We made it through 2021, and as we kick off 2022, what better way is there to start the new year than with some wise words from amazing female trailblazers and warriors. Whether they pop up in your social feed, come to you in lyrics of a song, or you stumble across them scribbled on a sandwich board at a restaurant, they have the power to shift your mindset and outlook on your day, week, or even the whole year. That is why Inspirational quotes for women, delivered by embattled women who persevered through the most difficult times to make their mark on the world, are exactly what we all need as we say goodby to the last year.

From Amelia Earhart to Rosa Parks, the following are some of the most inspirational quotes for women, by women.

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Inspirational quotes for women by women

  1. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher
  2. “I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” —Alex Elle
  3. “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
  4. “I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”— Malala Yousafzai
  5. “My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”— Maya Angelou
  6. “If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” – Amy Poehler
  7. The best protection any woman can have is courage.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  8. “We’re here for a reason. I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” –Whoopi Goldberg
  9. I think the key is for women not to set any limits.”— Martina Navratilova
  10. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”- Amelia Earhart
  11. “Only those who dare truly live.” – Ruth P. Freedman
  12. “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
  13. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
  14. “When somebody tells me I cannot do something, that’s when I do it.” — Gertrude Ederle
  15. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey
  17. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
  18. “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
  19. “I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. –Diane Ackerman
  20. “No country can ever flourish it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens” –Michelle Obama
  21. “I am an all-powerful Amazon warrior.” – Ani D
  22. “Women grow radical with age. One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth.” –Gloria Steinem
  23. I don’t care if they eat me alive, I’ve got better things to do then survive. —Ani DiFranco
  24. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” — Helen Keller
  25. We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. — Malala Yousafzai
  26. “I would rather be handsome for an hour than pretty for a week.” — Tilda Swinton
  27. “Figure out who are you 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. With that, you can do anything else.” –Angelina Jolie
  28. “Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” –Diana Ross
  29. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” — Madonna
  30. “Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” –Tory Burch
  31. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” — Maya Angelou
  32. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
  33. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn
  34. “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 learning.” –Amy Poehler
  35. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Mary Louise Alcott
  36. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin
  37. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” — Ruth Gader Ginsburg
  38. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”— Michelle Obama


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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.