30 of the Best Female Empowerment Quotes Ever

30 of the Best Female Empowerment Quotes Ever


Jun 21, 2016

Whenever we need a little inspiration, an extra push, or a boost of positivity, we need to remind ourselves to lean on the sisterhood.

From the women who came before — who broke down walls, shattered glass ceilings, and refused to let anyone or anything stand in their way — to the women who continue to fight for their voices to be heard, these quotes from past and present reveal one obvious truth: there's no stopping women who support women.

1. "Always remember that, nine times out of 10, you probably aren't having a full-on nervous breakdown — you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit. You'd be amazed how easily and repeatedly you can confuse the two. Get a big biscuit tin." —Caitlin Moran

2. "If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." —Margaret Thatcher

3. "Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself." —Gloria Steinem

4. "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life." —Hillary Clinton

5. "Thinking is my fighting." —Virginia Woolf

6. "I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I'm afraid of no one." —Malala Yousafzai

7. "If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack." —Coco Chanel

8. "You know you can't hope yourself a better life - you must take yourself there." —Helen Gurley Brown

9. "A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water." —Eleanor Roosevelt

10. "Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use." —Ruth Gordon

11. "Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself." —Oprah Winfrey

12. "If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." —Anita Roddick

13. "I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand." —Beyoncé

14. "Never dull your shine for somebody else." —Tyra Banks

15. "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." —J.K. Rowling

16. "Done is better than perfect." —Sheryl Sandberg

17. "I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay." —Madonna

18. "The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue." —Dorothy Parker

19. "Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay." —Simone de Beauvoir

20. "After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." —Ann Richards

21. "You can't be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute." —Tina Fey

22. "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." —Charlotte Brontë

23. "There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?" —Zaha Hadid

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

25. "We have to free half the human race, the women, so that they can help free the other half." —Emmeline Pankhurst

26. "If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough." —Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

27. "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness, and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." —Audrey Hepburn

28. "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." —Dolly Parton

29. "You don't have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive." —Diana Vreeland

30. "I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will." —Amy Schumer

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Photo Credit: Caitlin Moran (Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

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