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25 Strong Women Quotes: Kick Off Women’s History Month

Strong Women Changed The World

It’s National Women’s History Month. A time to celebrate all of the women who have fought for equality for all and changed our world for the better. It’s more important now than ever before, for women to band together and keep fighting the good fight in hopes of creating a better tomorrow. In an effort to keep your confidence bolstered, even as the headlines give you every reason to want to lay down and cry, I’ve gathered some of our favorite strong women quotes from our favorite strong women, for you to enjoy.

So, the next time you find yourself feeling a little beat down, remind yourself how incredible you are with the following:

25 strong women quotes, for badass babes.

strong women quotes
  • “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron
  • “I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.”Gloria Steinem
  • “Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.” —Michelle Obama (on strong women)
  • I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous. —Beyoncé
  • “‘You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?’ Aunty Ifeka said. ‘Your life belongs to you and you alone.’”—Chimamanda Ngozi
  • “Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.” —Rebecca Solnit
  • “Women that believe in each other can survive anything. Women who believe in each other create armies that will win kingdoms and wars.” —Nikita Gill
  • “self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyoncé
  • “The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.”—Sylvia Plath
  • “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”Oprah
  • “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”Shonda Rhimes
  • “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”Amelia Earhart
  • “I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.”Beyoncé
  • “Once we give up searching for approval, we often find it easier to earn respect.” –Gloria Steinem (on strong women)
  • “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” –Malala Yousafza
  • “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.” – Gloria Steinem
  • 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
  • “The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.”Susan B. Anthony
  • The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence. – Beyoncé
  • “If you can dance and be free and be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” -Amy Poehler
  • “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel
  • “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

The next time you need a lift or a little motivation to help you get back up and dust yourself off, turn to those who have gone before you and have words of women to offer. File away these strong women quotes for that rainy day, and know that we believe in you!


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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.