The Oxford dictionary defines empowerment as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” For far too long, many women have somehow felt “less than” when it comes to their value or their contributions.
If you have felt somehow less than, or like you’re inadequate in key areas of your life, you can change that line of thinking! You can empower yourself. You’re uniquely gifted to contribute to the world around you in ways no one else is. And we need what you have to offer.
We believe women should feel confident in themselves and their abilities and have a sense of control over the affairs of her own life.
Many women and men have spoken out on the subject of women’s empowerment. We’ve gathered a list of 26 of our favorites. Read them, get inspired, and share them!
Women’s Empowerment Quotes
“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” Emma Stone
“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” Bethany Hamilton
“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” Amelia Earhart
“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.” Dolly Parton
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand
“Women are not the weak, frail little flowers that they are advertised. There has never been anything invented yet, including war, that a man would enter into, that a woman wouldn’t, too.” Will Rogers
“Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.” Meghan Markle
“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” Emma Watson
“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” Serena Williams
“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” Mary Shelley
“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.” Helen Keller
If men care about women’s rights, the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered, it leads to a better society.” John Legend
“Women have always been the strong ones of the world.” Coco Chanel
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” Maya Angelou
“I hate to hear you talk about women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm water all our lives.” Jane Austen
“Anytime I see women being stars—the stars that they should be, and being featured, and being highlighted, it makes my heart happy. Because it’s long overdue.” Terry Crews
“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do – women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticising one another.” Amal Clooney
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” Estée Lauder
“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Kofi Annan
“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” Mia Hamm
“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” Hannah Gadsby
“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” Carly Simon
“Women are the real architects of society.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
“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
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