30+ Inspirational Strong Women Quotes To Recite To Your Mirror Reflection

by Laura Grainger
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Strong Women Quotes

In the 1965 movie Kaajal, Bollywood actress Meena Kumari uttered words that seemed rather ahead of their time: “Women and the earth have a lot to tolerate.” The line, which now occupies many a placard during women’s rights and environmental action rallies, still resonates. Women do have a lot to tolerate. Yet, we flourish anyway. Case in point? The U.S. now has its first female vice president, the amazing Kamala Harris.

Despite the doubt the world throws our way (and the subsequent second-guessing of ourselves), we find the strength not just to carry on, but to succeed. We’ve compiled a list of more quotes that showcase women’s strength. So here are a few words of encouragement, by strong women, for strong women. Bookmark and return when needed! And let’s be real, these words of wisdom are needed a lot these days.

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  1. “Women are like tea bags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “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
  3. “Making it through the ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman’s footprints.” — Shonda Rhimes
  4. “As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.” — Madonna
  5. “We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” — Margaret Atwood
  6. “When you are a strong woman, you will attract trouble. When a man feels threatened, there is always trouble.” — Barbara Taylor Bradford
  7. “We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.” — Beyoncé
  8. “Do not diminish who you are. Your gender, your heritage, your identity. That’s what makes you unique.” — Kailin Gow
  9. “For mad I may be, but I will never be convenient.” — Jennifer Donnelly
  10. “Women don’t endure simply because we can; no, women endure because we aren’t given any other choice.” — Amanda Lovelace
  11. “My coach said I run like a girl. And I said if he ran a little faster, he could too.” — Mia Hamm
  12. “I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion… Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.” — Anne Frank
  13. “My mom said to me, ‘You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man. I said, ‘Mom, I am a rich man.’” — Cher
  14. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou
  15. “We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.” — Meryl Streep
  16. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” — Rosa Parks
  17. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, she doesn’t have what it takes. They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.'” — Clare Boothe Luce
  18. “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” — G.D. Anderson
  19. “Women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice, and they need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.” — Meghan Markle
  20. “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.” — Rihanna
  21. “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” — Amelia Earhart
  22. “The only place left for rock to go is toward more girl stars. There’s nothing left for men to do. There’s bound to be more male stars, but they can’t express anything new.” — Debby Harry
  23. “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.” — Janelle Monáe
  24. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” — Kavita Ramdas
  25. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” — Audre Lorde
  26. “Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” — Nancy Pelosi
  27. “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” — Viola Davis
  28. “Women feel like we need permission. We need to lead and change that.” — Emma Watson
  29. “Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, oftentimes, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  30. “I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, OK.” — Madonna
  31. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn
  32. “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” — Unknown
  33. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” — Serena Williams


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