Women have a lot of wisdom to share. Whether you’re going through a rough patch or simply looking for some inspiration, there’s no better solution than a woman’s words of encouragement. That’s why we’ve compiled 10 quotes from incredible women throughout history. Keep reading to hear their wisdom!
1. Rosa Parks on fear
“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
Is fear holding you back? Civil rights movement activist Rosa Parks urges us to go after our goals anyway. You might even forget about whatever made you afraid in the first place.
2. Greta Thunberg on making a difference
“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.” -Greta Thunberg
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg inspires us not to let our age dictate our potential. No matter how young or old you are, remember that you have the power to change the world.
3. Malala Yousafzai on using your voice
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” -Malala Yousafzai
Despite many hurdles, Pakastani female education activist Malala Yousafzai encourages us to rise to the challenge and use our voices for positive change.
4. Pretend to be confident until you feel it (Anna Wintour)
“Even if you aren’t sure of yourself, pretend that you are – most people prevaricate.” -Anna Wintour
Long-time Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour advises us to fake it till we make it. By pretending we’re self-assured, we might just trick ourselves into confidence.
5. Frida Kahlo on beauty
“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.” -Frida Kahlo
Mexican painter Frida Kahlo pushes us to view ourselves as works of art. Whether through painting, applying makeup, or appreciating your unique personality, remember to see the beauty inside of you.
6. Make ourselves a priority, explains Michelle Obama
“We need to do a better job putting ourselves higher on our own to-do list.” -Michelle Obama
Guilty of putting off self-care? Even when we feel like there are a million better things to do, attorney, author, and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama reminds us to prioritize ourselves.
7. Seize the moment, encourages Hazel Lee
“I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dropped it carelessly, Ah! I didn’t know, I held opportunity.” -Hazel Lee
Chinese American military pilot Hazel Lee reminds us not to take moments for granted. Looking back, we might wish we’d acted differently, but the important thing is to live in the moment and keep moving forward.
8. Maya Angelou on creativity
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
Feeling uninspired? Even if you’re having a temporary mental block, don’t be discouraged. According to poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, we have a limitless amount of creativity.
9. Start to make positive change (Dolores Huerta)
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” -Dolores Huerta
If you’re feeling discouraged, American labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is here to remind you that anything is possible. You have the potential to make an impact.
10. Be proudly you; Megan Papinoe’s empowering quote
“You deserve the space that you can take up. And you can take up as much space as you need.” -Megan Rapinoe
Whether in the workplace, political sphere, or our personal lives, American professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe teaches us to feel comfortable taking up space. We’re all entitled to be ourselves and go for our dreams.
Pick your favorite one!
By reciting these iconic quotes on the daily, you’ll feel ready to take on anything. Do you want to feel even more inspired? Learning how to empower women can give yourself and others a major confidence boost.