Although we reflect on the progress of women all year, Women’s History Month provides us with a much-needed reminder of how far we have come. We celebrate the women who fought for our rights and made their own way in spite of overwhelming odds. They shattered glass ceilings and broke through barriers, inspiring us to achieve great things.
These women should be celebrated for their achievements. Let their words inspire and encourage you that YOU can also do whatever it is you want to achieve, set out on a new path, overcome fears, and find strength in other women. After all, we must #MakeItHappen together.
Need a little motivation to help you reach your goals? Check out our favorite quotes by powerful women below. And if you need even more inspiration, follow us on Twitter and search #levoinspired for daily quotes that are sure to brighten your day!
“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” —Melinda Gates
“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
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” —Lucille Ball
“A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“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
“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
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ―Malala Yousafzai
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” —Margaret Thatcher
“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
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” ―Madonna
“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
“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
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” —Amelia Earhart
“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”―Bette Davis
“I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, ‘Yes, women can.’” —Dilma Rousseff
“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
“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.” —Angelina Jolie
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand
“Women are the real architects of society.”—Harriet Beecher Stowe
“I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.” —Diane von Furstenberg
“Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” —Coco Chanel
“Feminism is for everybody.” —Bell Hooks
“I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.” —Hillary Clinton
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”—Beyoncé
“Why has the word [feminism] become such an uncomfortable one? It is not the word that is important; it’s the idea and the ambition behind it.” —Emma Watson
“The idea of being a feminist: so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex, but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me that is just an essential part of my identity.” —Lena Dunham
“IT doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” —Oprah Winfrey
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” —Michelle Obama
“I’m totally unapologetic about being an ambitious woman, and you should be, too.” —Shinjini Das
“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.” —Amy Poehler
“If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.” —Taylor Swift
“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.
“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” —Elizabeth Gilbert.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” —Sally Berger.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” —Marie Curie
“Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.” —Heidi Johnson
“I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.” —Sonia Sotomayor
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” —Audrey Hepburn
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” —Ruth Gordon
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” —Simone de Beauvoir
“So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.” —Patti LaBelle
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” —Alice Walker
“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” —Elizabeth Cady Stanton