38 Empowering Quotes Every Badass Feminist Needs To Read


1. “Why do people say ‘grow some balls?’ Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”

— Sheng Wang

2. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

— Madonna

3. “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”

— Roseanne Barr

4. “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

— Gloria Steinem

5. “You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not secretary of state; I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

— Hillary Clinton

6. “It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”

— Warsan Shire

7. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

— Maya Angelou

8. “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

9. “I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate.”

— Rita Mae Brown

10. “No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.”

— Betty Friedan

11. “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

12. “No black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much.’ Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much’…No woman has ever written enough.”

— Bell Hooks

13. “I am a woman and when I think, I must speak.”

— Beyoncé

14. “That night’s show was watched by ten million people, so I guess that director at The Second City who said the audience ‘didn’t want to see a sketch with two women’ can go shit in his hat.”

— Tina Fey

15. “Cosmetics is a boon to every woman, but a girl’s best beauty aid is still a near-sighted man.”

— Yoko Ono

16. “Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”

— Virginia Woolf

17. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”

— Cheris Kramarae

18. “I am a Woman
Phenomenal Woman,
that’s me.”

— Maya Angelou

19. “She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.”

— Naomi Wolf

20. “I am my own woman.”

— Evita Perón

21. “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

— Audre Lorde

22. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”

— Melinda Gates

23. “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

— Coco Chanel

24. “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”

— Marlene Dietrich

25. “He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal.”

— Jane Austen

26. “As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

— Virginia Woolf

27. “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.”

— Margaret Sanger

28. “Women are always at the front of revolutions.”

— Buthayna Kamel

29. “Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.”

— Alice Walker

30. “I would not trade any of these features for anybody else’s. I wouldn’t trade the small thin-lipped mouth that makes me resemble my nephew. I wouldn’t even trade the acne scar on my right cheek, because that recurring zit spent more time with me in college than any boy ever did.”

— Tina Fey

31. “I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.”

— Evita Perón

32. “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

— Madeleine Albright

33. “It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question ‘who am I’ except the voice inside herself.”

— Betty Friedan

34. “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”

— Audre Lorde

35. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”

— Mary Wollstonecraft

36. “If any female feels she need anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency.”

— Bell Hooks

37. “A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.”

— Naomi Wolf

38. “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”

— Coretta Scott King Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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