For decades, women have fought for the right to vote, for political, professional and social equality. It’s been a long fight with great outcomes, but it isn’t over yet.
Women still protest against centuries-worth of cultural norms and heritage that disadvantage them. In many countries little girls are still taught that their only goal in life in to become a good wife and mother. They still grow up with the belief that they are weak, that they shouldn’t speak up and that ambition is only for men.
Women have come a long way and while, professionally speaking, we can get any job we want, we still have to deal with people’s beliefs that have been instilled inside their brains for centuries.
However, until we can make people unlearn every irrational assumptions, we must remind ourselves that we are strong. Nowadays, women are capable of having a full time job, raise children, and keep up with some impossible beauty standards that society dictates.
The ladies have now more responsibilities than ever and still find ways to meet each and every one of them — and this is pure strength.
Here are 30 strong women quotes to celebrate your feminine power:
Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.BELLA ABZUG
Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.MAYA ANGELOU
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.NORA EPHRON (more Nora Ephron quotes)
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 (more Audrey Hepburn quotes)
Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.JUDY GARLAND
Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE (more Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotes)
Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (more Eleanor Roosevelt quotes)
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.WILLIAM GOLDING
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.OPRAH WINFREY
I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b***h, okay.MADONNA
The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.AMY TENNEY
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.MARIE CURIE (more Marie Curie quotes)
Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that you career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.LADY GAGA
Strong women don’t play the victim. Don’t make themselves look pitiful and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.MANDY HALE
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.DIANE MARIECHILD
You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD
A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.MELINDA GATES
A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.MARGE PIERCY
She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.ATTICUS
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.MARGARET THATCHER (more Margaret Thatcher quotes)
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.SHEILA MURRAY BETHEL
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
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
Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.ANNE FRANK (more Anne Frank quotes)
I like to play a strong woman, but a strong woman can also be very fragile and vulnerable at the same time.CARICE VAN HOUTEN
A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.CARLY SIMON
Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.VIOLA DAVIS
Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.ELIZABETH GILBERT
I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.COCO CHANEL (more Coco Chanel quotes)
Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.MADAME MARIE DU DEFFAND