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180 Super Feminist Quotes That’ll Make You Proud To Be A Woman

180 Women Quotes

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

“What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters. You’re going to walk into many rooms where you may be the only one who looks like you or who has had the experiences you’ve had. So you use that voice and be strong.” – Kamala Harris

“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

“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’” – Erin McKean

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” – Toni Morrison

“Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.” – Nikki Haley

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Maybe it just boils down to: I’m a woman who’s really into her career, so I’m obsessed with the craft of my work. … There’s a romance in that for me.”

“Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.” – Margaret Cho

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter

“Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’” – Gloria Steinem

“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

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

“A seasoned woman is spicy. She has been marinated in life experiences. Like a complex wine, she can be alternately sweet, tart, sparkling, mellow. She is both maternal and playful. Assured, alluring, and resourceful. She is less likely to have an agenda than a young woman—no biological clock tick-tocking beside her lover’s bed, no campaign to lead him to the altar, no rescue fantasies. The seasoned woman knows who she is. She could be any one of us, as long as she is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of her life, despite failures and false starts.” – Gail Sheehy

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” – Brigham Young

“I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.” – Calamity Jane

“I’ve always wanted to be a woman who isn’t afraid to tell her story.” – Andra day

“Don’t hold back because you think it’s unladylike. We shouldn’t be shamed out of our anger. We should be using it. Using it to make change in our own lives, and using it to make change in the lives around us.” – Jessica Valenti

“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” – Anne Frank

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde

“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

“We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing. It’s time to take ownership in our success.” – Tori Burch

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going—let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.” – Hillary Clinton

“Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” – Pink

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton

“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead

“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

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” – Mae West

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” – Coco Chanel

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.” – Clare Boothe Luce, former U.S. representative

“By propagating women’s nature as non-violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society.” – Anuradha Ghandy

“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

“Women’s speech—and the fact that we are now listening to it—has enraged men in a way that makes them determined to reëstablish the longstanding hierarchy of power in America. … And yet this awful truth will not stop women from speaking, and I do not think that it will turn a movement into a moment. It has become clear that there is not nearly enough left to lose.” – Jia Tolentino

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

“She does not know what the future holds, but she is grateful for slow and steady growth.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyoncé

“’It is impossible for you to do it,’ was the terrible verdict. ‘In the first place you are a woman and would need a protector, and even if it were possible for you to travel alone you would need to carry so much baggage that it would detain you in making rapid changes. Besides you speak nothing but English, so there is no use talking about it; no one but a man can do this.’”

“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf

“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

“In my opinion, the most exciting potential of women of color formations resides in the possibility of politicizing this identity—basing the identity on politics rather than the politics on identity.” – Angela Davis

“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

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright

“The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton

“Keep your heels, head, and standards high.” – Coco Chanel

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

“Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” – Lois Wyse

“I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life.” – Laverne Cox

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” – Gloria Steinem

“Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

“More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs.” – Roxanne Dunbar

“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the women’s card, then deal me in.” – Hillary Clinton

“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

“Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That’s me.” – Maya Angelou

“Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women’s liberation … none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.” – Barbara Ehrenreich

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.” – Candace Bushnell

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?” – Sojourner Truth

“I can hear the roar of women’s silence.” – Thomas Sankara

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.” – Charles Malik

“’Very well,’ I said angrily, ‘Start the man, and I’ll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him.’” – Nellie Bly

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” – Carly Simon

“She was a wild one; always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” – Kaitlin Foster

“Around the world there are countless examples of women rising, taking leadership, taking their destiny into their own hands, inspiring all of us. But women and girls are still the majority of the victims of war. They are over half of all refugees, and the vast majority of the victims of rape and other sexual and gender-based violence.” – Angelina Jolie

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” – Byron Katie

“A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, ‘For a man, you’re kind of ignorant.’” – Anne Hathaway

“You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.” – Jane Galvin Lewis

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.” – Joseph Conrad

“If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” – Amy Poehler

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling

“You must know that you can do this. You are strong. And you will make it. Just hang on and keep believing in yourself, always.” – Heather A. Stillufsen

“Women’s freedom is the sign of social freedom.” – Rosa Luxemburg

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

“I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” – Nelson Mandela

“You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilizing thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.” – Meryl Streep

“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

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

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

“When a woman is assaulted, one of the first questions people ask is, Did you say no? This question assumes that the answer was always yes, and that it is her job to revoke the agreement. To defuse the bomb she was given. But why are they allowed to touch us until we physically fight them off? Why is the door open until we have to slam it shut?” – Chanel Miller

“I have sometimes thought that a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms: there is the hall, through which everyone passes in going in and out; the drawingroom, where one receives formal visits; the sitting-room, where the members of the family come and go as they list; but beyond that, far beyond, are other rooms, the handles of whose doors perhaps are never turned; no one knows the way to them, no one knows whither they lead; and in the innermost room, the holy of holies, the soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes.” – Edith Wharton

“I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem

“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

“I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in — even if it makes you vulnerable — amazing things can and will happen.” – Emma Watson

“Call me whatever you want. It’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing. Because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the other women who are in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too.” – Emma Watson

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” – Julia Child

“They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, ‘How else did you expect me to show up?’” – Ilhan Omar

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Women that believe in each other can survive anything. Women who believe in each other create armies that will win kingdoms and wars.” – Nikita Gill

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” – Helen Keller

“Figure out who are you separate from your family. 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

“When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.” – Angela Davis

“Never apologize for being a powerful woman.”

“I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love and it just so happens that they are the first to do it.” – Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

“Little girls with dreams become women with a vision.”

“She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Atticus

“God is within her, she will not fall.” – Psalm 46:5

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:14

“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, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” – Anaïs Nin

“She believed she could, so she did.”

“One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways.” – Glennon Doyle Melton

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” – Coco Chanel

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

“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.” – Amy Tenney

“Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

“Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.” – Angela Davis

“No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” – Kamala Harris

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

“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

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” – Yves Saint-Laurent

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” – Roseanne Barr

“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

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe

“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.”

“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

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

“Always be careful of what you hear about a woman. Rumors come from either a man who can’t have her or a woman who can’t compete with her.”

“The beauty of being a feminist is that you get to be whatever you want. And that’s the point.” – Shonda Rhimes

“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.” – Hillary Clinton

“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.” – Helen Keller

“Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.” – Shonda Rhimes

“Females are the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are.” – Alicia Keys

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

“A revolutionary woman can’t have no reactionary man.” – Assata Shakur

“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

“By the grace of God, I am what I am.” – 1 Corinthians 15:10

“If you’re one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.” – Reese Witherspoon

“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

“I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.” – Janelle Monáe

“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

“Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I’m well aware of, but that’s just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history—empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.” – Hillary Clinton

“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story—I will.” – Amy Schumer

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” – Madeleine Albright

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

“I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.” – Jane Austen

“Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman.” – Coco Chanel

“‘What’s your favorite position?’ ‘CEO.’” – Lauren Conrad

“To all 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

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” – Cheris Kramarae

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.” – Coretta Scott King

“Women must learn to play the game as men do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I can do anything when I am in a tutu.” – Misty Copeland

“Feminism is for everybody.” – bell hooks

“I am woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou

“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“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

“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.” – Michelle Obama

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf

“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” – Mark Twain

“For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.” – Audre Lorde

“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis

“For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious—or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.”

“There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen

“Declare over yourself: ‘God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.’” – 2 Tim 1:7

“I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Alex Elle

“I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on own side.” – Maya Angelou

Originally published October 7, 2021, updated October 8, 2021

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