The Women of the White House

With the upcoming inauguration on Friday, we're taking a closer look at the female policyMAKERS. These MAKERS, including Ruth Bader GinsburgMichelle ObamaMegan Smith and more, have stood up for social justices and women's rights among other great causes. They've proved that any place is a woman's place, including in the White House. These women show that with great ambition that you can achieve great success and be an influencer in change. 

On Saturday, January 21, The Women's March on Washington will peacefully support women's rights the day after inaguration. Its Facebook event has 200K+ people confirmed as attending and invites all people of all genders to attend. 

Click through the gallery above to see some of the most influential women in the White House, past, present, and future. Be sure to watch their exclusive MAKERS videos to learn more.

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"Great leaders never accept the world as it was and always work for the world as it should be." —Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

"I'm a total perfectionist and I’m really, really hard on myself. I'm constantly thinking I haven't done a great job — I could have given more. But I think you just have to try because in so doing, you may inspire some other people. In so doing, you may be a total success!" —Elaine Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor

"The question has been asked, 'What is a woman?' A woman is a person who makes choices. A woman is a dreamer. A woman is a planner. A woman is a maker, and a molder. A woman is a person who makes choices. A woman builds bridges. A woman makes children and makes cars. A woman writes poetry and songs. A woman is a person who makes choices." —Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman (D-District of Columbia)  

"Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you." —Elizabeth Warren, Senator (D-MA)  

"Pursue your passion, and everything will fall into place. This is not being romantic. This is the highest order of pragmatism." —Gabrielle Giffords, Former Congresswoman (D-AZ)

"By choosing a woman to run for your nation’s second highest office, you send a powerful signal to all Americans. There are no doors we cannot unlock. We will place no limits on achievement." —Geraldine Ferraro, Vice Presidential Nominee

"Never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it." —Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State

"No matter where you are from, no matter what your background is, no matter what your socioeconomic status is, every person can achieve his or her dreams." —Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, First Latina Elected to Congress

"I find that when you open the door toward openness and transparency, a lot of people will follow you through." —Kristen Gillibrand, Senator (D-NY)

"Without your voice being heard in Washington, the decisions we make aren't as good. I would urge women to consider public service. And if you want to run, give me a call. I’ll help." —Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator (R-TX)

"I have said this many times, that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men, but not for mediocre women, and we really have to work very, very hard." —Madeleine Albright, First Female Secretary of State

"I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate: I'm a woman; I'll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate; I am an immigrant; I am a Buddhist. When I said this at one of my gatherings, they said, 'Yes, but are you gay?' and I said 'Nobody's perfect.'" —Mazie Hirono, Senator (D-HI)

"Innovation comes out of great human ingenuity and very personal passions." —Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer

"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." —Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States to 44th President Barack Obama

“My American dream is about freedom.” —Nancy Pelosi, First Female Speaker, U.S., House of Representatives

"What motivated me to dedicate myself to public service for nearly two-thirds of my life was the chance to produce results for those people who entrusted me to be their voice and their champion." —Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senator (R-ME)  

“The question was asked, how can you be a mother and a congresswoman? I said, I have a brain, I have a uterus and they both work.” —Pat Schroeder, Former Congresswoman (D-Colorado)

"Women need to make sure that we honor and recognize our foremothers and connect with each other. This collective voice, this strength in numbers, will be so much more if we band together and inspire each other." —Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

"If you're a boy, and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that's okay… we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers." —Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

"The destiny of the woman must be shaped to a large extent on her own conception of her spiritual imperative and her place in society." —Sandra Day O’Connor, First Female Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

"We have to give women and girls a greater voice — but that's not enough. They have to be assured that their voices will be heard." —Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

"We cannot afford to walk down that dangerous path of government overstepping its boundaries into the most personal parts of our lives." —Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman (D-HI)

"I care so passionately about improving the quality of life for women and girls, not just here in the United States, but internationally as well. I am a single mom and I raised a daughter who is now a young adult." —Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama