101 Inspirational Women’s Day Quotes For The Proud Woman In You

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101 Inspirational Women's Day Quotes For The Proud Woman In You

Even though women deserve to be celebrated every day, International Women’s Day gives you more reason to do so. The whole point of Women’s Day is to acknowledge the importance of women in society, and shower on them the respect and love they are deprived of, most of the time. And, these women’s day quotes will surely put you in the right spirit!

International women’s day 2023 is a global holiday that puts the spotlight on women’s achievements, accomplishments, and contributions; tries to shine a light on women’s issues, and emboldens the need to advocate and speak up for gender equality and empowerment.

To commemorate this very, very special day, we have compiled 101 inspirational women’s day quotes, that will not just make you feel empowered, it will also make you feel proud to be a woman. Alexa, play ‘I Am Woman’ by Helen Reddy!

Read on to know and feel inspired by some of the best quotes on women’s day.

Related: 8 Important International Women’s Day Lessons For Life That Every Woman Should Remember

101 Inspirational Women’s Day Quotes That Will Make You Feel Proud To Be A Woman

1. “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson

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2. “The most important thing one woman can do for another is expand her sense of actual possibilities.” – Adrienne Rich

3. “They’ll tell you you’re too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.” – Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

4. “The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

5. “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” – Hillary Clinton

6. “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.” – Cher

7. “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” – Gloria Steinem

8. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

9. “A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

10. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

The quote below is one of my favorite women’s day quotes!

11. “I know that many men and even women are afraid and angry when women do speak, because in this barbaric society, when women speak truly they speak subversively – they can’t help it: if you’re underneath, if you’re kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. That’s what I want – to hear you erupting. You young Mount St. Helenses who don’t know the power in you – I want to hear you.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

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12. “My coach said I run like a girl. And I said if he ran a little faster, he could too.” – Mia Hamm

13. “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai

14. “You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

15. “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” – Maya Angelou

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16. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

17. “Respect, Love, and Value yourself. Always remember to be good to yourself by taking care of yourself. Make yourself a priority and know that it’s okay. Don’t feel guilty for loving yourself, first! You’re just as important as anybody else.” – Stephanie Lahart

18. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

19. “Wouldn’t it be nice if Black girls weren’t inundated with negative, sexist comments about Black women? If they were told instead of the many important things that we’ve achieved? … Black women, too often in the shadows of such accomplishments, actually powered the civil rights movement.” – Megan Thee Stallion

20. “Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’” – Gloria Steinem

21. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fears; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

22. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

23. “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” – Rebecca West

24. “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

25. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyoncé

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26. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg

27. “Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” – Emma Watson

28. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”- Estée Lauder

29. “I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated – can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” – Isabelle Allende

30. “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

Related: 25+ Surprising International Women’s Day Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

31. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.” – Michelle Obama

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32. “Woman is the actual engineer of our society because of her standard not her attitude I can’t relax while any woman is unfree.” – Richard B. Gotzen

33. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

34. “Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein

35. “She wasn’t looking for a knight. She was looking for a sword.” – Atticus

36. “Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.” – Meghan Markle

37. “Where there is a woman, there is magic.” – Ntozake Shange

38. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis

39. “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

40. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

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41. “No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” – Kamala Harris

42. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

43. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

44. “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” – Viola Davis

45. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

46. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant to be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

47. “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” – Anaïs Nin

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48. “Women’s freedom is the sign of social freedom.” – Rosa Luxemburg

49. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams

50. “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley

51. “It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back.” – Simone Biles

52. “More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs.” – Roxanne Dunbar

Below is one of the strongest women’s day quotes on the list!

53. “The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

54. “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey

55. “There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” – Ginger Rogers

56. “I don’t know a woman alive who isn’t courageous.” – Reese Witherspoon

Related: 35 Inspiring Quotes By Eleanor Roosevelt

57. “By propagating women’s nature as non-violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society.” – Anuradha Ghandy

58. “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.” – Dolly Parton

59. “Behind every great woman… is another great woman.” – Kate Hodges

60. “As soon as I had enough agency in my life to grow up, I became who I am.” – Janet Mock

61. “The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence.” – Blake Lively

62. “I am a woman and a warrior. If you think I can’t be both, you’ve been lied to.” – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

63. “She didn’t care that people called her a bitch. ‘It’s just another word for feminist,’ she told me with pride.” – Gayle Forman

64. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

65. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” – Rhonda Hansome

66. “There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” – Hannah Gadsby

67. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

68. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick

69. “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.” – Angelina Jolie

70. “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf

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71. “When a woman is assaulted, one of the first questions people ask is, Did you say no? This question assumes that the answer was always yes, and that it is her job to revoke the agreement. To defuse the bomb she was given. But why are they allowed to touch us until we physically fight them off? Why is the door open until we have to slam it shut?” – Chanel Miller

72. “A revolutionary woman can’t have no reactionary man.” – Assata Shakur

73. “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.” – Coretta Scott King

74. “Maybe it just boils down to: I’m a woman who’s really into her career, so I’m obsessed with the craft of my work… There’s a romance in that for me.” – Mitski

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75. “They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, ‘How else did you expect me to show up?’” – Ilhan Omar

76. “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood

77. “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

Given below are some of the powerful women’s day quotes to celebrate the strength and resilience of women everywhere.

78. “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

79. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez

80. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge

81. “It’s hard not to be a fighter when you’re constantly under siege.” – Cassandra Duffy

82. “You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilizing thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.” – Meryl Streep

83. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” – Emily Dickinson

84. “There’s something about a woman with a loud mind that sits in silence, smiling, knowing she can crush you with the truth.” – R.G. Moon

85. “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

86. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” – Marie Shear

87. “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 that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

88. “I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” – Diane von Furstenberg

89. “Men often ask me, ‘Why are your female characters so paranoid?’ It’s not paranoia. It’s recognition of their situation.” – Margaret Atwood

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90. “You deserve to be here. You deserve to exist. You deserve to take up space in this world of men.” – MacKenzi Lee

91. “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.’ – Lupita Nyong’o

92. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer

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93. “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

94. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” – Bethany Hamilton

95. “It’s okay if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.” – Colette Werden

96. “She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.”- Rumi

97. “What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” – Rupi Kaur

98. “Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart. Just be you.” – Brene Brown

Related: 10 Things A Strong Woman Does Differently

99. “She’s everything; even when she’s treated like nothing.” – R.H. Sin

100. “What we women need to do, instead of worrying about what we don’t have is just love what we do have.”- Cameron Diaz

101. “She was a wild one. Always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” – Kaitlin Foster

And that’s all! Which of these inspirational quotes for international women’s day were your favorites? Which of these quotes about women’s day resonated with you and made you feel empowered? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

Happy Women’s Day, everyone!


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International Women’s Day is celebrated every year to recognize the cultural, economic, social, and political achievements of women, and raise awareness about gender equality, women empowerment, and gender parity.

What makes a woman powerful?

Some of the major things that can make a woman powerful are knowing what they want and working hard to achieve it, healthy personal relationships, having enough resources to look after themselves and their family, financial and emotional independence, and being mentally and physically strong.

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Some of the best words to describe a strong woman who speaks her mind are assertive, fearless, feisty, independent, and empowered.

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