This year has been especially great for women, with many making significant contributions. Here are some inspirational quotes by women.

Tory Burch, Designer

“Sometimes women entrepreneurs are their challenge, [in terms of] believing in themselves. There is no need to apologize for being ambitious.” –Business of Fashion

Kerry Washington, Actress

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

Lena Dunham, Actress, Writer, and Creator of “Girls”

“The only topic on which I’m almost political is what I think that this country is doing to women and their body image. I was a babysitter before I was working in film, and I would hear like 7 year-old girls that I babysat say, ‘I think I need to go on a diet,’ and it cracks my heart open.”

Malala Yousafzai, Student and Peace Activist

“Let us pick up our books and pens, they are our most powerful weapons.”

Hillary Clinton, Politician

“It matters [on the importance of a female president]. It matters because we have half the population that has given so much to building this country, to making it work, and of course I want to see a woman in the White House. Because, if I look at my friends and former colleagues who are now in the Senate, it was the women senators on both sides of the aisle who finally broke the fever over the government shutdown and debt limit debate. They have been working across party lines, and we need more of that.”

Beyoncé, Singer, Pop Icon

“I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”

Jennifer Lawrence, Actress

“The media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool, so then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl who’s wearing an ugly dress. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

Angelina Jolie, Actress, Philanthropist

[On her double mastectomy] “I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Winnie Mandela, Ex-Wife of Nelson Mandela, Peace Activist

“There is no greater reward than the one we both had of a liberated South Africa.”

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, Feminist

“This is personal. This is about me not wanting other little girls to be called bossy.”

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