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Inspirational Quotes For Women That Can Make Anyone Feel Empowered

These inspirational quotes for women, courtesy of everyone from Anne Frank to Beyoncé, reveal the true meaning of strength, equality, and courage.

The best quotes have a unique power to inspire us to change our thinking, see things from a new perspective, and even propel us into action. We apply these powerful words to our own lives and they become our mantras.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the words of motivation, encouragement, and wisdom from important women past and present collected in the gallery above. And while these words may have been spoken and written by women, everyone can learn something about life from these empowering messages.

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”

— Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

— Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate
 "If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again."
— Sojourner Truth, American abolitionist
 "If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission."

— Grace Hopper, U.S. Naval Admiral and computer scientist
 "I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves."

— Mary Wollstonecraft, English writer and philosopher
 "I do know one thing about me: I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth."

— Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
 “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with the popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up.”

— Gloria Steinem, American activist
 "What makes you different or weird, that's your strength."
— Meryl Streep, American actress
 “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

— Anne Frank, German diarist
 “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

— Nora Ephron, American writer and filmmaker
 “A man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author
 “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”

— Melinda Gates, American philanthropist
 ''I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.''

— Dame Rebecca West, British author, journalist, and literary critic
 “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

— Audre Lorde, American writer and civil rights activist
 "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception."

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court



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