Women have become astonishing in every sphere of life, be it academics, business, homemaking and what not. Becoming a strong woman doesn’t take a lot but a pinch of self-love and a bunch of self-confidence.
From Joan of Arc to Harriet Tubman, to Marie Curie, to Hellen Keller is full of famously strong women. As an unstoppable collective force, women gained the right to vote, made countless major scientific breakthroughs, and raised whole generations.
So, We have collected strong women quotes to inspire women everywhere. Here are 200 inspirational quotes for women by some of the strongest women in history that these women’s positive virtues make the world a better place.
200 Strong Women Quotes to Inspire You
Top 10 Strong Woman Quotes
“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
“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”
“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
“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
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein
“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi
“I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe.” – Whitney Houston
“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
Inspirational Strong Woman Quotes
“The thing women have got to learn is that nobody give you power, you just take it.”
“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry
“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter
“I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible and when I leave, you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.”
“Strong women wear their pain like they do stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it.”
“She wore her scars as her best attire. A stunning dress made of hellfire.”
“Woman is the dominant sex. Men have to do all sorts of stuff to prove they are worthy of a woman’s attention.” – Camille Pagla
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton
“She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Atticus
“Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” – Madame Marie du Deffand
“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.”
“The woman who doesn’t require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” – Mohadesa Najumi
“People think of latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many latinas possess is strength.”
“Beneath every strong, independent woman lies a broken little girl who had to learn how to get back up and to never depend on anyone.”
“I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, Okay.” – Madonna
“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” – Hillary Clinton
“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.”
“She has been through hell. So believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into the fire and smiles.”
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony
“A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, and perseveres … no matter what life throws at her.”
“She is water. Strong enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, and deep enough to save you.”
I am a Strong Woman Quotes
“My mother always told me, “Hide your face, people are looking at you.” I would reply, “It does not matter; I am also looking at them.””
“I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.”
“I am not someone who can be controlled. I want someone who will watch me do my thing and be like, ‘that’s my girl’.”
“I am not a difficult woman at all. I am simply a strong woman and know my worth.”
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” – Clare Boothe Luce
“I am a strong woman. I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself, nor let people mistreat me. I don’t respond to people who dictate to me or try to bring me down. If I fall I will rise up even stronger because I am survivor and not a victim. I am in control of my life and there is nothing I can’t achieve.”
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men, The type of man show will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
“I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.”
“I am proud of the woman I am today, because I went through one hell of a time becoming her.”
“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
“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.”
“A strong woman will automatically stop trying if she feels unwanted. She won’t fix it or beg, she’ll just walk away.”
“Strong women are often misperceived as cold and mean simply because they refuse to be disrespected, mistreated or taken for granted.”
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, I’ll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk or have to crawl, I’ll set my goals and achieve them all.”
“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
“Be a strong woman. So your daughter will have a role model and your son will know what to look for in a woman when he’s a man.”
“I like to play a strong woman, but a strong woman can also be very fragile and vulnerable at the same time.” – Carice van Houten
Short Strong Woman Quotes
“I believe in me.”
“I do a thing called what I want.”
“Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.”
“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.”
“Let’s be clear, I’m a strong woman.” – Bethenny Frankel
“Strong enough to bear the children then get back to business.”
“Strong women; Strong world.”
“A strong willed little girl will grow to be a strong independent woman.”
“Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it.”
“A queen will always turn pain into power.”
“I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.”
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
“She needed a hero. So that’s what she became.”
“You can become strong and powerful and beautiful.”
“Sometimes an angel, sometimes a hell raiser, always a strong woman.”
“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”
“Sometimes, it takes balls to be a woman.”
“Stay strong. Make them wonder how you’re still smiling.”
“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” – Carly Simon
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” – Emma Watson
“Never apologize for being a powerful woman.”
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”
“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
“A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.”
“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.”
“You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” – Viola Davis
Funny Strong Woman Quotes
“Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard.” – Olivia Wilde
“Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says “Oh crap, she’s up!”
“She’s badass with a good heart, soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of women you go to war beside, the type of woman you marry.”
“Dear woman, Sometimes you’ll just be too much woman. Too smart, Too beautiful, Too strong, Too much of something that makes a man feel like less of a man, which will start making you feel like you have to be less of a woman. The biggest mistake that you can make is removing jewels from your own crown to make it easier for a man to carry. When this happens, I need you to understand, You do not need a smaller crown, You need a man with bigger hands.”
“I know what I bring to the table. So trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone.”
“The funny thing about a strong woman is that she doesn’t need you – she wants you and if you start slacking she’ll be content without you.”
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
“I’ve often thought it unfair that women are expected to stay at home when there’s a fight to be won. If a woman has the strength to bear a child, she can swing a sword as well as any man.” – Karen Hawkins
“Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.”
“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire. ” – Jessica Kirkland
“When she laughed she was beautiful, when she cried she was beautiful, but, when she was determined she was sexy as hell.” – Matt Baker
“If I ever let my head down, it will be just to admire my shoes.”
Strong Single Woman Quotes
“Strong women don’t play the victim. Don’t make themselves look pitiful and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.” – Mandy Hale
“Figure out who are you separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self. With that, you can do anything else.” – Angelina Jolie
“Strong women need not declare they can carry all the burdens in life. They just quietly do it and survive with a smile.”
Strong Confident Woman Quotes
“She was fierce. She was simple. She was crazy and always had something to say. She had flaws, but when she was down she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way but one word described her best… Strong!”
“Forgive those who insult you, attack you, belittle you or take you for granted. But more than this, forgive yourself for allowing them to hurt you.”
“Strong women aren’t simply born. We are forged through the challenges of life. With each challenge we grow mentally and emotionally. We move forward with our head held high and a strength that can not be denied. A woman who’s been through the storm and survived. We are warriors.”
“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 we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie
“The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”
“The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.”
“A strong woman accepts both compliments & criticism graciously, knowing that it takes both sun & rain for a flower to grow.”
“Yes, I do have a big ego … and I am in love with myself … Because if you don’t love yourself how can anybody love you back?” – Mel B
Strong Independent Woman Quotes
“A strong woman knows how to keep her life in line. With tears in her eyes, she still manages to say, ‘Nah, I’m fine.’”
“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that you career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
“One of the most beautiful sounds that I have ever heard is the sound of a beautiful, strong woman’s voice once she has discovered her true worth. She sounds empowered … She sounds confident … but most of all … she sounds free.”
“The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn’t plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour
“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst. Be that fearless girl the one would dare to do anything. Be that independent girl, who doesn’t need a man. Be that girl who never backed down.”
Strong Business Woman Quotes
“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes
Strong Black Woman Quotes
“I’m not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I’m thick. I like my body.” – Alicia Keys
“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
“If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself.” – Gabrielle Union
“In complete darkness we are all the same; it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Don’t let your eyes deceive you.” – Janet Jackson
“Beauty is not just a white girl. It’s so many different flavors and shades.” – Queen Latifah
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison
“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” – Diana Ross
“You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” – Nicki Minaj
“A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.” – Vivica A. Fox
“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us” – Angela Bassett
“Ideally, I want to see all beauties, all shapes, all sizes, all skin tones, all backgrounds represented in my profession. Now that I am blessed to be that reflection I was once looking for, I’m making a promise to speak out for that little girl that I used to be. I might not have the power to change what media puts out there, or to single-handedly convince young girls like me that they should love themselves. But what I can do is start with me: living each day, embracing who I am.” – Danielle Brooks
“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful — from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing, and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box … Think outside of the box … Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.” – Tyra Banks
“I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody … including myself.” – Zendaya
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
“There have been so many people who have said to me, ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.” – Halle Berry
“Am I bossy? Absolutely. I don’t like to lose, and if I’m told ‘no,’ then I find another way to get my ‘yes.’ But I’m a loyal person.” – Naomi Campbell
“It’s important for young people to know that they are made the way they are made and they’re beautiful and that’s how they’re supposed to be.” – Raven Symone
“There’s so many things that life is, and no matter how many breakthroughs, trials will exist and we’re going to get through it. Just be strong.” – Mary J. Blige
“Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential. So it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.” – Meghan Markle
“I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be told, then I push harder.” – Issa Rae
“Speak up for yourself and what you believe in. You can still be an elegant woman and be strong and powerful.” – Misty Copeland
“Don’t let anyone steal ya joy! There’s always someone miserable trying to bring you down … you just wish them well & proceed on enjoying your life.” – Missy Elliott
“It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept and love what I had.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
“When I’m tired, I rest. I say, ‘I can’t be a superwoman today.’” – Jada Pinkett Smith
“When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.” – Laverne Cox
“I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.” – Kerry Washington
“It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.” – Beyonce Knowles
“I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.” – Rihanna
“Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.” – Janelle Monae
“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles
“I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something I just had to be.” – Lupita Nyong’o
“I don’t know everything. I know a fraction of what there is to know and I don’t think I will ever know everything, but it’s important to me to constantly challenge myself, to understanding different viewpoints, really understanding nuance in topics, so I can feel qualified in what I say, so I’m not preaching falsely of what I’m unaware of.” – Yara Shahidi
“When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.” – Solange Knowles
“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go — purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything … whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” – Tina Turner
Strong Woman Of God Quotes
“Nothing is more impressive than a person who is secure in the unique way God made her.”
“I am a strong woman. Everything that’s hit me in life I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve cried myself to sleep. Picked myself back up and wiped my own tears. I have grown from things meant to break me. I get stronger by the day and I have God to thank for that.”
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa
40 Traits of A Strong Woman
Some strong women are strong because they have to be.
Being a woman isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.
A strong woman knows how much she’s worth.
Strong women don’t even consider your approval.
A strong woman doesn’t need anyone’s approval.
Strong women build each other up.
Strong women make the best role models.
Strong women aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.
A strong woman always gives it her all without apology.
Strong women know that becoming active is a journey worth being proud of.
Strong women should be feared, for they can do anything.
Strong women turn a negative into a positive.
A strong woman can’t be controlled.
Strong women speak their minds and write their own stories.
A strong woman doesn’t need a man, especially a weak one.
A strong woman won’t accept anything that doesn’t aid in her personal growth and happiness.
Strong women demand freedom.
Strong women are on fire.
Strong women aren’t afraid to be smart.
A strong woman is a perfect storm.
Strong women need partners in life, not controlling men.
Strong women never make themselves less for a man.
Strong women know that it’s not in the destination, it’s in the journey.
A strong woman doesn’t take any guff from anybody.
Strong women don’t let their flaws get them down.
Strong women don’t accept sexist crap.
A strong woman realizes she can’t be strong all the time but always gets back up after a fall.
Strong women aren’t born, they’re made.
A strong woman is 100% herself, 100% of the time.
A strong woman never gives up.
A strong woman is her hero.
A strong and determined woman is sexy.
A strong woman can get a little smug at times.
A strong woman knows that not everyone is going to like her, and that’s OK.
Strong women encourage the growth of other strong women.
Strong women tend to travel in packs of strong fellow women.
A strong woman doesn’t need your approval. She does what she wants.
A strong woman can only be with an equally strong man.
Strong women know what feminism is all about.
A strong woman knows her worth in spite of rejection.
What sets strong women apart? What makes them tick?
They are the few who don’t need validation from other people because they are sure of themselves and what they can give to society. They embrace their colour, shape and size without fear – yes, these are the brave and strong!
Whether you’re in the place you want to be right now or are still working on getting there, remember that you are strong and capable. The strong women quotes above are meant to remind you of all that you’re capable of.
So, which of these strong women quotes and sayings resonated with you best? Do you have any other favourite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.