11 Quotes by Inspirational Women


A few years ago, in the very beginnings of the blog, I created a listicle giving 46 reasons why women are amazing. Looking back, the post is rather silly and superficial – there’s talk of shoes, hair, make-up and the ease of urination in comparison to our male counterparts to name but a few. However, I keep the post up because it pulls in traffic from search engines on a daily basis with questions like ‘Why are women amazing?’ and ‘How amazing are women?’… There seems to be an endless stream of people who want to know what the key ingredients are that contribute to a woman’s ‘womanliness.’

As I age I am more acutely aware of the journey we have travelled as women, and how far we still have to go, but I’m lucky in that I am surrounded by strong, independent, successful women who prove that anything is possible. So, without getting into a debate or using it as an opportunity to belittle the male population (as I find it immensely irritating when Women’s Rights are used as a chance to insult men under the guise of feminism) I wanted to take the opportunity to share some inspirational quotes for International Women’s Day.

Angelina Jolie: 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.

Coco Chanel: The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

Judy Garland: Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Oprah Winfrey: I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.

Maya Angelou: 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.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Anaïs Nin: How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?

Madonna: A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.

Simone de Beauvoir: One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

Alice Walker: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

And finally, from a truly inspirational young woman who now lives in Birmingham:

Happy International Women’s Day!

44 thoughts on “11 Quotes by Inspirational Women

  1. ‘One is not born a woman, one becomes one’ Simone de Beauvoir. This is the quote that screams strength, she was a person born way before her time. Thank you for reminding me of her and posting your tribute for woman today.

  2. I love the Eleanor Roosevelt one. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s always 100% true. Not for women, but for the broader spectrum. I work in the visual impairment sector, and it’s shocking how second rate a blind person can be treated.

    But that’s not connected to International Women’s Day, so I’ll shush.

    I read a great comment today. “We should always respect women, because we have all been birthed by one”. A physical and mental strength that I don’t believe a man coukd deal with, and that’s not being sexist!

  3. What a stellar list of quotes by inspirational women, Suzie! If you will allow me, I’d like to add one that I personally love: “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water”.
    Eleanor Roosevelt – former First Lady of the US Cher xo

  4. Great choices. I especially like the Chanel one. Thinking for yourself is more difficult than it sounds.

  5. So now Madonna is looked at as a sage? …I agree with many of the quotes from all the women you featured. It is sad that the world has such a dim view of the importance of women. But in the opinion of this man I will continue to respect and love the women in my life.

  6. Not all of these women are admirable:

    Madonna is an exhibitionist and proud person of their lack of modesty. There is no Madonna contribution to society, to the young men and women of this world, to see older woman and showing the rear, offending Christianity, as if it were synonymous with intelligence and courage: anyone can do that in the Western world.

    Simone Beuavoir, “muse” of the feminist movement, was pedophile assumed (signed a document declaring as such). Beuavoir also wrote to a Nazi newspaper. Need more? So I conclude: it was wrong, because the woman is born woman.

    The phrases highlighted (and not all the biography) Oprah Winfrey and Eleanor Roosevelt are the best!

    Malala Yousafzai, lived in a primitive world. He enlisted the help – also brave – his father. His story is admirable, but it is early to understand their contribution to the eastern society, the world she lived. I hope her example multiply. At the time, his image is explored by feminists to suggest the false idea that Western men are equal to the fanatics of the Taliban. Feminists defend just causes like ending violence against women, but the goals of feminists go further: destroy marriage, motherhood and family. Malala thus becomes a good symbol for a bad cause.


    Eduardo – Brazil.

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