International Women’s Day is a day of recognizing and celebrating the importance and strength of women around the world. On this special day, let us all take a moment to salute all the women who paved the way, inspired, and have given hope to other women as well as men.
Here is bringing to your notice some famous quotes from the female heroines of the world. Whether their words have uplifted us or commiserated with us, they helped women persevere and prosper throughout the years and they continue to do so.
1. Malala Yousafzai: A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with the book.”
2. Hillary Rodham Clinton: An American politician, and wife of the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, who served as a United States Senator from New York.
“Women are the largest untapped reservoir in the world.”
3. Michelle Obama: An American lawyer and writer. She is married to the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”
4. Margaret Thatcher: A British stateswoman and politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is currently the only woman to have held the office.
“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
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5. Aung San Suu Kyi: A Burmese Social Democratic stateswoman, politician and president of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar.
“Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.”
6. Indira Gandhi: A key 20th century stateswoman, a central figure of the Indian National Congress party, and to date the only female Prime Minister of India.
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
7. Golda Meir: An Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman and politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.
“Whether women are better than men- I cannot say they are certainly no worse.”
8. Angela Merkel: A German politician and former research scientist who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000.
“When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.”
9. Gloria Steinem: An American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s.
“Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.”
10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. She has been called “the most prominent” of a procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.
“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.”
11. Nora Ephron: An American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger.
“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.”
12. J.K. Rowling: A British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.
“Secretly, we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.”
13. Simone de Beauvoir: A French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.
“One is not born but rather becomes a woman.”
14. Charlotte Brontë: An English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature.
“I am neither a man nor a woman. I am an author.”
15. Lucille Ball: An American actress, comedienne, model, film studio executive and producer.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
16. Julia Child: An American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.
“Find something you are passionate about, and keep tremendously interested in it.”
17. Cher: An American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long career, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.
“Women are the real architects of society.”
18. Janis Joplin: An American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic/acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band.
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you have got.”
Here is sending out love to these women who made profound impacts on our lives and to all you fabulous women out there.
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Till then stay awesome!