20 Great Feminists And Their Empowering Words That'll Make You Want To Fight The Patriarchy Immediately

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Happy International Woman's Day 2019 to all my absolutely fabulous women out there!

Woman's Day

Anyway, there have been A LOT of wonderfully empowering, incredible women over the past thousands of years, and they've said a lot of wonderfully empowering, incredible things. So in the spirit of International Woman's Day 2019, I've gathered together a list of my favorite inspiring quotes so we can all feel wonderfully empowered together... enjoy!

1. Hillary Clinton

"To all the little girls who are watching, 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."

"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."

"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."

2. Malala Yousafzai

"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."

3. Madonna

"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay."

4. Madeleine Albright

"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."

5) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in."

6. G.D. Anderson

"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength."

7. Gloria Steinem

"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.'"

"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men."

8. Maya Angelou

"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."

"I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me."

9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception."

10. Erin McKean

 "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.'"

11. Melinda Gates

"A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman."

12. Michelle Obama

"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."

13. Bette Davis

"When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch."

14. Audre Lorde

 "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."

16. Nancy Pelosi

"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."

17. Emma Watson

"The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop."

18. Shonda Rhimes

"Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power."

19. Sheryl Sandberg

"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."

20. Oprah Winfrey

"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness"

What's your favorite empowering quote from a fabulous female, celebrity or otherwise!? Let me know in the comments! And don't forget to share this with all your friends and family to spread the wonderful word of these wonderful women! x

 

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