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100 Excellent Empowering Women Quotes

Empowering Women Quotes to Inspire Your Writing— Take a look at the amazing list of 100 inspiring quotes by women outlined below. These powerful quotes by incredible women from around the world can be used as inspiration to jump-start your writing whether it’s in your journal, for a school assignment, or for your professional work.

Quotes from Women to Inspire Your Writing

Plus… These quotes by women also double as fantastic writing prompts for creative writing and essays!

This March, celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) with help from incredible women like Malala Yousafzai, Amelia Earhart, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Their insight, grace, and experiences can help empower us as women to be our best selves, pursue our own dreams, and continue to fight for equality, respect, and safety – even in a man’s world!


Get to it and use these 100 quotes by women today to inspire you and to celebrate Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day (March 8) in writing or otherwise.

100 Empowering Women Quotes to Inspire and Jumpstart Your Writing

  1. No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.” – Billie Jean King
  2. “It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” – Emma Watson
  3. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg
  4. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir
  5. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter
  6. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai
  7. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
  8. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder
  9. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller
  10. “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” – Leymah Gbowee
  11. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  12. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  13. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran
  14. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes
  15. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
  16. “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton
  17. “Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  18. “I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.” – B. Smith
  19. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
  20. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
  21. “The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole.” – Jane FondaTake a look at this amazing list of 100 inspiring quotes by incredible women from around the world and use these powerful quotes to jump-start your writing.

  22. “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” – Martha Stewart
  23. “Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” – Bette Midler
  24. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
  25. “Whenever you are blue or lonely or stricken by some humiliating thing you did, the cure and the hope is in caring about other people.” – Diane Sawyer
  26. “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.” – Thuli Madonsela
  27. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey
  28. “I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.” – Hoda Kotb
  29. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
  30. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  31. “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee
  32. “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  33. “One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.” – Ruth Reichl
  34. “One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism.” – Eva Peron
  35. “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
  36. “I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.” – Condoleezza Rice
  37. “A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” – Angela Merkel
  38. “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” – Katie Couric
  39. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  40. “Hold your head and your standards high even as people or circumstances try to pull you down.” – Tory Johnson
  41. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn
  42. “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” – Jodie Foster
  43. “I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  44. “I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” –Mia Hamm
  45. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” – Madonna
  46. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brené Brown
  47. “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Arianna Huffington
  48. “I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.” – Tory Burch
  49. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
  50. “If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” – Cher
  51. “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” – Anne Lamott
  52. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie
  53. “If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honorably.” – Rachel Maddow
  54. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey
  55. “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi
  56. “All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time.” – Julie Andrews
  57. “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” – Princess Diana
  58. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy
  59. “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell
  60. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  61. “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay
  62. “Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” – Julia Child
  63. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
  64. “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde
  65. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron
  66. “You should treat your marriage like a business that you wouldn’t want to let fail.” – Lisa Ling
  67. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir
  68. “If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances.” – Sallie Krawcheck
  69. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
  70. “A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” – Sonia Sotomayor
  71. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez
  72. “You can be the lead in your own life.” – Kerry Washington
  73. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  74. “If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.” – Al Anon
  75. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick
  76. “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – Madonna
  77. “A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  78. “Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” – J.K. Rowling
  79. “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” – Susan Cain
  80. “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn
  81. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart
  82. “The best protection any woman can have…is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  83. “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie
  84. “Success breeds confidence.” – Beryl Markham
  85. “The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” – Arlene Rankin
  86. “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton
  87. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
  88. “People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually, a job is better for me.” – Princess Diana“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong
  89. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
  90. “Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” – Madame Marie du Deffand
  91. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller
  92. “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” – Ruth Gordon
  93. “Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.” – Caroline Myss
  94. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  95. “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel
  96. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J.K. Rowling
  97. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates
    “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” – Rhonda Hansome
  98. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter
  99. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir

FTD is celebrating IWD with this list of 100 inspiring quotes from well-known ladies in our history and our present.

From classics like Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel to contemporaries like Beyonce and Emma Watson, these words of wisdom will inspire you to achieve your dreams and command respect wherever you are.

Enjoy these wonderful women empowerment quotes from an incredible and dynamic group of women. The next generation of women will be inspired, too! I hope you enjoyed these quotes and use them in your own life.

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BONUS Women’s Quotes

In case the list above wasn’t enough to inspire you, here are some more incredible women, none of whom are listed above in the FTD list of 100 but who are inspirations to so many, from little girls to wise women.

  • “The minute you learn to love yourself you won’t want to be anyone else.” Rihanna
  • The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.Serena Williams
  • “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” Jane Austen
  • “I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves” Mary Wollstonecraft
  • “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ” Judy Garland
  • “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” Viola Davis
  • “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
  • Disruptors are the ones with a keen sense of how the world is changing and how to get in front of change, driven by curiosity. The disrupted – not so much. — Cathy Engelbert

Let the fearlessness, nerve, sacrifice, and determination of these amazing women’s success inspire you. Boost your self esteem, embrace you talent, and listen to cherish these women’s success and use it to fuel your own.

And, may all these inspiring quotes by women found on the page motivate you not just on International Women’s Day, but every day!

A Few Closing Thoughts

There’s a certain magic to words, especially when they capture the powerful sentiments that drive women’s empowerment. Inspirational quotes can chip away at the biggest barrier to true equality: the stereotypes that hold women back.

These quotes remind us that a woman’s success isn’t a stroke of good fortune, but the product of her capabilities. They challenge the limitations society might place on womanhood, urging us to grab the reins and define our own destinies.

By sharing the words of iconic women, we can uplift each other and rewrite the narrative.


Empowering quotes aren’t just about feeling good; they’re a call to action (a. most righteous thing indeed). Let’s harness the power within and work towards a world where every woman has the chance to thrive.

Until next time, write on…

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Quotes from Women to Inspire Your Writing

See this resource: 7 Ways to Empower Women and Girls and this one: 101 Inspiring Quotes from the Most Successful People in History

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