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Top Quotes by Influential Women About America

"My story is only possible in America," Fortune 500 CEO Meg Whitman shares in the video above.

She's not the first woman to praise the country for her success, and she won't be the last.

Sheryl Sandberg quoted Oprah Winfrey saying, "If you're a woman born in the United States, you're one of the luckiest women in the world."

In celebration of Independence Day, we're highlighting some of our favorite quotes from MAKERS and other influential women. We hope these words will add some sparks of inspiration to your July 4 celebrations. 

"The magic of America is that we're a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom."Madeleine Albright

"The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things." Condoleezza Rice

"Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation … in the face of tyranny, cruelty, oppression, extremism, sometimes there is only one choice. When the world looks to America, America looks to you, and you never let her down." Hillary Clinton

"A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom." Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Freedom is secured every day by our men and women in uniform. We must build a future worthy of their sacrifice." —Nancy Pelosi

"The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you're actually helping to make America stronger." Michelle Obama

NEXT: MAKERS Celebrating America »

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