Quotes by women are not the easiest to find. It’s indicative of the imbalance that still exists in most places in the world between the sexes. Nevertheless, for inspiration, I look for quotes by strong, independent women who make a positive impact on other people’s lives.
It takes all kinds of women to make the world go round and every woman has her story. Not to mention, we are all at different stages of growth and awareness. Still, there is so much we have to offer each other from a kind word or bright smile to a bag of groceries when times are tough. Above all, quotes by women corroborate our stories with each other and remind us that we are not alone.
Moreover, quotes by women remind me that I have role models to look to for inspiration and healing. I believe it is also from the mutual female perspectives that we derive strength from each other.
I’ve been up. I’ve been down. But, in the end, I can say without a doubt, its the women in my life, from early childhood on, who have been my true inspiration to keep getting up, dusting myself off, and getting back in the proverbial saddle.
“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”—Michelle Obama
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American writer, lawyer, and university administrator who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First Lady.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama is one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, the first African American to serve in that role, she created the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. VIA Book Review “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”—Eleanor Roosevelt
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.
“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
Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová; May 15, 1937) is an American politician and diplomat. She is the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history, having served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.
Along with her family, Albright immigrated to the United States in 1948 from Czechoslovakia. Her father, Diplomat Josef Korbel, settled the family in Denver, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1957. Albright graduated from Wellesley College in 1959 and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975, writing her thesis on the Prague Spring. She worked as an aide to Senator Edmund Muskie before taking a position under Zbigniew Brzezinski on the National Security Council. She served in that position until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s singular term in 1981. VIA Wikipedia
Shonda Lynn Rhimes
“You can waste your life drawing lines. Or, you can live your life crossing them.”—Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Lynn Rhimes (born January 13, 1970) is an American television producer, screenwriter, and author. She is best known as the showrunner—creator, head writer, and executive producer—of the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape the World. In 2015, she published her first book, a memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person. VIA WIkipedia
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” —Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. VIA Wikipedia
“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”—Jenny Han
Jenny Han (born September 3, 1980) is an American author of young adult fiction. She wrote The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. Han wrote her first book, the children’s’ novel Shug, while she was still in college. Shug is about Annemarie Wilcox, a twelve-year-old trying to navigate the perils of junior high school. Her next project was a young adult romance trilogy, about a girl’s coming-of-age during her summer breaks. The three novels, The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer, quickly became New York Times Best Sellers. VIA Wikipedia
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”—Katherine Hepburn
Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received four Academy Awards — a record for any performer — for Best Actress. In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema. VIA Wikipedia
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.—Yoko Ono
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
Yoko Ono (Japanese: 小野 洋子, born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art and film-making. She performs in both English and Japanese. Ono grew up in Tokyo and also spent several formative years in New York City. She studied at Gakushuin, but withdrew from her course after two years and moved to New York in 1953 to live with her family. Then, she spent some time at Sarah Lawrence College and then became involved in New York City’s downtown artists scene, which included the Fluxus group. Yoko and John Lennon first met in 1966 at her own art exhibition in London, and they became a couple in 1968 and wed the following year. VIA Wikipedia
This lyrical biography explores the life and art of Yoko Ono, from her childhood haiku to her avant-garde visual art and experimental music. An outcast throughout most of her life, and misunderstood by every group she belonged to, Yoko always followed her own unique vision to create art that was ahead of its time and would later be celebrated. Her focus remained on being an artist, even when the rest of world saw her only as the wife of John Lennon. Yoko Ono’s moving story will inspire any young adult who has ever felt like an outsider, or who is developing or questioning ideas about being an artist, to follow their dreams and find beauty in all that surrounds them.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”—Brene Brown
Brene Brown is an American research professor at The Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. VIA Wikipedia
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and she developed a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935 and 1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own periodicals and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.VIA Wikipedia
“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.”—Louis Hay
Louise Lynn Hay (October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017) was an American motivational author and the founder of Hay House. She authored several New Thought self-help books, including the 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life. VIA Wikipedia
I hope you enjoyed quotes by women. My promise to you is to continue to curate quotes by women until I have a database full of thousands to share with all my readers.