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60+ Best Inspirational Quotes for Women to Feel Powerful

Getting words of wisdom from some empowering women is always a great thing, not only because it is helpful, but also because it is powerful. It’s good for young girls to get inspired by other females to go after their dreams, as well as women of all ages to feel empowered to keep pushing and keep moving forward.  

Whether it be a well-known actress, author, athlete, or an influential voice in politics, there is always one inspirational woman who can inspire–or who has inspired–others. And so, here are some inspirational quotes from these women, for the women who might be reading this. 

Inspirational Quotes for Women About Feminism and Equality

Although March is Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) is a day for every feminist, it is important to celebrate every woman in your life every day

It’s when extraordinary women are praised and young girls can feel empowered to go after their dreams to become an entrepreneur or a powerful woman who isn’t afraid to defy stereotypes. It’s when every person who identifies as a strong woman to love and embrace their courage, their beauty, their kindness, their smarts, their strength. It’s a day to put more focus on every activist fighting for women’s voices, gender equality, and human rights, despite the fear of those against us. 

Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes by female leaders to inspire every little girl or little boy to become the great woman they want to be. If you are a young girl or a young woman looking for some inspiration or affirmation about your success, these positive quotes by some remarkable women just might inspire you: 

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.”

– Malala Yousafzai

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”

– Simone de Beauvoir

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

– Bethany Hamilton

“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

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” 

– Michelle Obama

“Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.”

— Nancy Pelosi

“We girls, we’re tough, darling. Soft on the outside but, deep down, we’re tough.”
 Kristen Ashley
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“If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. Women should feel free.”

– Emma Watson

“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

“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

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“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.”


“I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life.”

— Laverne Cox

“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

“Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!” 

– Gabby Douglas

“Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.”

Angela Davis

“Only love can save this world. So I stay, I fight, and I give. This is my mission now. Forever.”

— Diana Prince, Wonder Woman 

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” 

Marie Curie

“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

“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her, but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”

 ― C. JoyBell C.

“Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.“    

— Yulia Tymoshenko

Inspiring Quotes About Success and Passion

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.”
– Maya Angelou

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.”

– Taylor Swift

“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
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“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” 

Mother Teresa

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

Maya Angelou

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

— Michelle Obama

“A man is absolutely not a necessity. I love men, I think men are the coolest, but you really don’t need them to live. 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.’” 


“We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing. It is time to take ownership in our success.”

—Tory Burch

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

–  Margaret Thatcher

“In your twenties you’re becoming who you’re going to be and so you might as well not be an asshole.”

 Cheryl Strayed
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“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

– Arianna Huffington

“You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.” 

­–Tyra Banks

“If you don’t know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.”

Oprah Winfrey

“I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in — even if it makes you vulnerable — amazing things can and will happen.”

Emma Watson

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

—Julia Child

“If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.”

— Marissa Mayer

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.”

—Angelina Jolie

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” 

– Estée Lauder

“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” 

Merida, Brave 

“Ask any woman & she’ll tell you why Eve bit / into that apple. Why she chose the universe instead / of you.”

—Topaz Winters

“You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.”

—Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.”

— Brigitte Nicole

Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

— Robert H. Schuller

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

“You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”

— Aibileen Clark, The Help

“Just because you are soft doesn’t mean you are not a force. Honey and wildfire are both the color gold.”

—Victoria Erickson

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Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

 – Vivian Greene

“You can be the lead in your own life.” 

– Kerry Washington

 “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
—Carrie Fisher

“They say it’s the good girls who keep diaries. The bad girls never have the time. Me, I just wanna live a life I’m gonna remember even if I don’t write it down.”

― Tallulah Bankhead

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

 Dolly Parton

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

– Melinda Gates

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

— Shuri, Black Panther 

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”

– Nancy Rathburn

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

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as ‘making a life.’” 

– Maya Angelou

“Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.” 

– Diane Sawyer 

Short Inspirational Quotes About Beauty 

Here are some inspirational quotes for women from other amazing women to serve as a reminder that no matter what you look like, beauty comes from within.  If you have a kind heart and a gentle soul, then you are beautiful

Some of these can be good as an Instagram caption for a selfie or as an inspirational quote to hang up on the wall next to the mirror. 

“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

Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.”

― Taylor Swift

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“Stop worrying so much about your looks and start looking around you. You have missed so much beauty trying to become beautiful. You have missed your own worth trying to become worthy.”

 Vironika Tugaleva

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

Dorothy Parker

“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.”

– Shannon Alder

“Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

– Marilyn Monroe

“No matter what you look like or think you look like, you’re special, and loved, and perfect just the way you are.” 

­–Ariel Winter

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“No matter what a woman looks like, if she’s confident, she’s sexy.”
 Paris Hilton

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”

― Audrey Hepburn

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ­

–Emma Stone

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