Throughout history, a woman’s struggle has been quite hard. Despite some gains, even in the modern century, women are still not at par with men. In such a patriarchal society, time and again inspiring women have risen up and claimed their space. They have worked long and hard to improve the condition of women throughout the globe.
These women are more than their roles. They are leaders, motivators, and relentless warriors. They did not give up in face of obstacles and they will do their best to inspire you not to as well.
Here are 20 quotes from such inspiring women:
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” – Serena Williams, a professional tennis player with more singles titles than any woman or man
“We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.” – Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and first woman nominated for U.S. president by a major political party
“Women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.” – Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
“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, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate
“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, chemist who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
“Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and North America’s first black multi-billionaire
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi, first female Prime Minister of India
“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, American civil rights activist
“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.” – Michelle Obama, former U.S. First Lady
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou, Pulitzer-prize nominated poet
“We’re all water from different rivers, that’s why it’s so easy to meet; we’re all water in this vast, vast ocean, someday we’ll evaporate together.” – Yoko Ono, performance artist and peace activist
“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Jane Goodall, world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees and environmental activist
“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. […] And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself?” – Greta Thunberg, climate change activist
“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.” – Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the UK suffragette movement
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe, painter often recognized as the “Mother of American modernism”
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, second female justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.” – Katherine Johnson, mathematician and one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist
“Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.” – Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman elected to U.S. Congress
“A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.” – Betty Friedan, writer and activist credited with sparking 20th-century wave of feminism
“Pursuing peace means rising above one’s own wants, needs, and emotions.” – Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Let these inspiring women guide you to achieve all your goals. Even when the odds are against you, don’t give up. Keep fighting for you believe in.