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50+ International Women’s Day Quotes to Inspire, Encourage & Uplift


Looking for some International Women’s Day Quotes? From the great Maya Angelou to the amazing RBG, here are the best women quotes to mark the occasion.

International Women’s Day is here once again! 🎉💪🏾

To celebrate, we thought we’d publish some of our most inspiring and uplifting quotes about women.

From the great Maya Angelou to the amazing RBG, here are the best International Women’s Day Quotes to mark the occasion:

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

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.

Melinda Gates

If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou

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

You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.

Anne Hathaway

Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.

Nora Ephron

what is the greatest lesson a woman should learn?
that since day one
she’s already had everything she needs within herself
it’s the world that convinced her she did not

Rupi Kaur
International Women's Day Quotes by Rupi Kaur

Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

G.D. Anderson

You are your best thing.

Toni Morrison

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

Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.

Louise Bernikow

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The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be, rather than recognising who we are.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I know my worth. I embrace my power. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.

Amy Schumer

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.

Sonia Sotomayor

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

Audre Lorde

I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.

Oprah Winfrey

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.

Kavita Ramdas

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I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.

Estée Lauder

It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.

Ella Fitzgerald

Every day as I get older, I appreciate women more and more. When you’re between the ages of 15 and 19, maybe you see women as competition, as opposed to lifesavers and people that hold your hand and have experienced pretty much everything that you have. So the more women in my life, the better.


Each time a woman stands up for herself without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.

Maya Angelou
International Women's Day Quotes by Maya Angelou

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.

Gloria Steinem

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

Alice Walker

I found I was more confident when I stopped trying to be someone else’s definition of beautiful and started being my own.

Remington Miller

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
International Women's Day Quotes by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

Jane Austen

Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance in the world to pursue your dreams.

Hillary Clinton

You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.

Tyra Banks

Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.

Cheris Kramarae
International Women's Day Quotes by Cheris Kramarae

When we’re growing up there are all sorts of people telling us what to do when really what we need is space to work out who to be.

Ellen Page

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.

J.K. Rowling

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other, don’t ostracize the gender in front of you.

Emma Watson

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You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.

Melissa Etheridge

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Girls get competitive, as though there’s only one spot in the world for everything — but that’s not true. We need to stick together and see there’s more to life than pleasing men. It’s important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes girls get scared of other girls, but you need each other.

Zooey Deschanel

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.

Michelle Obama
International Women's Day Quotes by Michelle Obama

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The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.

Coco Chanel

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.

Susan B. Anthony

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 learning.

Amy Poehler

I don’t like to gamble. But if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.

International Women's Day Quotes by Beyonce

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I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.


I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

Emma Stone

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.

Audrey Hepburn

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

Coco Chanel
International Women's Day Quotes by Coco Chanel

We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.

Sheryl Sandberg

My advice: don’t waste so much time worrying about your skin or your weight. Develop what you do, what you put your hands on in the world.

Meryl Streep

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

International Women's Day Quotes by Unknown

The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one. – Period, end of story.

Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in This One

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Well, that’s all our International Women’s Day quotes for you to consider, and we hope they uplift and inspire! Got any questions, feedback, or other quotes for International Women’s Day to add to our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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