To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have compiled some inspirational quotes about female empowerment from some incredibly strong women, from Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai to Michelle Obama and Caitlin Moran.
01. Hillary Clinton
"I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life."
02. Emma Watson
"I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it and sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith."
03. Michelle Obama
"I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity."
"To the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not – your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today. It made me the woman that I am today. So thank you."
05. Angelina Jolie
"Figure out who you are 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 because with that, you can do anything else."
"Women have to harness their power – it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner."
07. Angela Merkel
"You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious."
"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."
09. Amy Schumer
"I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will."
10. Theresa May
"I’ve always championed women in politics. We just get stuck in; politics isn’t a game. The decisions we make affect people’s lives, and that is something we must all keep to the forefront of our minds."
11. Rebecca West
"I myself have never able to find out precisely what a feminist is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."
12. Ella Fitzgerald
"Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong."
13. Oprah Winfrey
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."
14. Diana Ross
"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."
15. Lupita Nyong’o
"I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside."
16. Gloria Steinem
"We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters."
17. Caitlin Moran
"So here is the quick way of working out if you’re a feminist. Put your hand in your pants. a) Do you have a vagina? and b) Do you want to be in charge of it? If you said “yes” to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist."
18. Amy Poehler
"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 leading."
19. Ruma Devi
"What a woman cannot do if she wants to. She should not give up his confidence. The work she is doing, she is doing it right, this belief should be in her mind."
20. Malala Yousafzai
"I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
21. Parvati Jangid
"No matter where the girl is born, the poor's house or the rich's house, in the village or in the city, she is also entitled to have grand dreams and we all together can fulfill her dreams."