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International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8th every year, symbolizes the celebration of womanhood with a focus on the global recognition of women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It's a day to celebrate women's strength, resilience, and beauty worldwide. Let’s start with interesting facts about the phenomenon that women resemble,

  • According to a report by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, women represent 35% of the world’s STEM graduates. 
  • The same study also showed that they comprise less than a third of the world’s researchers. 
  • 22% of representatives among the cabinet ministers are women, which has quadrupled over the past 25 years. 
  • 10% of the top executive positions at U.S. companies are held by women, revealed a report by Silicon Valley Bank.
  • The same study revealed that 5% of chief executives of most S&P 1500 companies are taken by women. 
  • A report showed that 56% of startups have at least one woman in the executive positions, stating that 40% have at least one woman on the board of executives.

In honor of this day, we have compiled a list of 101 inspirational Women's Day quotes to uplift and empower women from all walks of life. These quotes come from inspiring women, past and present, who have broken barriers, shattered glass ceilings, and paved the way for future generations of women.

Whether you're looking for words of encouragement, motivation, or inspiration, these quotes will leave you feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to take on the world. So, let's celebrate the women who inspire us and our progress, and recommit to fighting for gender equality and women's rights.

Women's day quotes for young women

1. “The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Social Activist

2. “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” Ellen Degeneres, Comedian

3. “One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” – Simone De Beauvoir, Writer

4. “As soon as I had enough agency in my life to grow up, I became who I am.” Janet Mock, Writer

5. “Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside” — Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer

6. “Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book.” — Malala Tousafzai, Pakistani activist

7. “Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” Mary Anne Radmacher, Author

8. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” J.K. Rowling, Author

9. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyonce

10. “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” – Unknown

11. “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Unknown

12. “Where there is a woman, there is magic.” – Ntozake Shange, Playwright

13. “A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel, Designer

14.“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” – Emma Watson, Actress

15. “Sometimes it’s the princess who kills the dragon and saves the prince.” – Samuel Lowe, Finding Samuel Lowe

16. “I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” –Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist

17. “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” Toni Morrison, Author

18. “She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos, and you can see it in her eyes.” – Unknown

19. “Know what your worth is and then add tax to that amount.” – Unknown

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Women’s day quotes for motivation

20. “To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to tell her what she can.” – Spanish Proverb

21. “Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.” – Nora Ephron, Journalist

22. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry, Poet

23. “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist

24. “Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” – Unknown

25. “We all have a ‘Wonder Woman’ inside of us.” – Unknown

26. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand, Writer

27. “You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.” Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar

28. “Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” – Unknown

29. “Don’t stop until you’re proud.” – Unknown

30. “In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of California

31. “Stop waiting to find the light at the end of the tunnel and be the light for yourself.” – Unknown

32. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.” Serena Williams, Athlete

Women’s day quotes for success

33. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton, America politician

34. “Success if only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

35. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey, Executive

36. “There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” – Ginger Rogers, Actress

37. “Behind every successful woman, is herself”. – Unknown

38. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Amelia Earhart, Aviator

39. “Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher, Singer

40. “If you have a dream, make it a goal.” – Unknown

41. “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister

42. “I can and I will. Watch me.” – Carrie Green, Entrepreneur

43. “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” – W.E.B. Dubois, Sociologist

Women’s day quotes for positivity

44. “The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence.” –Blake Lively, Actress

45. “Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart. Just be you.” –Brene Brown, Professor

46. “Be the woman you needed as a girl.” –Unknown

47. “You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.” Hillary Clinton, American politician

48. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou, Poet

49. “Females are strong as hell.” – Unknown

50. “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.” –Unknown

51. “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” Audrey Hepburn, Actress

52. “A woman is like a tea bag: You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

53. “You are a woman; that is your superpower.” – Unknown

54. “Find out who you are and be that person.” Ellen Degeneres, Comedian

55. “The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer

Women’s day quotes for empowerment

56. “A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd; she is herself.” – Loretta Young, Actress

57. “Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” – Unknown

58. “Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” – Unknown

59. “I am a woman, what’s your superpower?” – Unknown

60. “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” Roseanne Barr, Actress

61. “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” – Beyonce, Singer

62. “When women support each other, incredible things happen.” – Unknown

63. “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” Viola Davis, Actress

64. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn, Actress

65. “She believed she could, so she did.” – Unknown

66. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland, Actress

67. “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” – Margaret Fuller, American journalist

68. “I don’t know a woman alive who isn’t courageous.” – Reese Witherspoon, Actress

69. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates, American philanthropist

70. “Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” – Gloria Steinem, Journalist

71. “Her soul is fierce, her heart is brave, her mind is strong.” – Unknown

72. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” – Unknown

73. “She promised better things for herself, so she sought out those things and never looked back.” – Unknown

74. “Some days, she has no idea how she’ll do it. But every single day, it still gets done.” – Unknown

Women’s day quotes for inspiration

75. “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

76. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” Melinda Gates, American philanthropist

77. “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, Civil rights activist

78. “You cannot be broken because you are a diamond, tougher than nails and a jewel in the rough.” – Unknown

79. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” – Rhonda Hansome, Comedian

80. “Like anything learned, bravery needs to be practiced.” Caroline Paul, Author

81. “She’s everything; even when she’s treated like nothing.” –R.H. Sin, Author

82. “The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” – Unknown

83. “A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” – Unknown

84. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” Serena Williams, Athlete

85. “A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.”– Ellen J. Barrier, Singer/Songwriter

86. “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey, Filmmaker

87. “Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Unknown

88. “I’m grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” – Maya Angelou, Poet

89. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

90. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa, Activist

91. “Women’s value has been under-recognized for far too long.” – Sidney Sheldon, Writer

92. “You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.” –Unknown

93. “She wasn’t looking for a knight. She was looking for a sword.” – Atticus, Poet

94. “A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” – Unknown

95. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

96. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” Hillary Clinton, American politician

97. “Women are made to be loved, not understood.” – Oscar Wilde, Poet

98. “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson, Feminist

99. “Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” – R.H. Sin, Author

100. “I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley, Novelist

101. “You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Actress


International Women's Day serves as a reminder of the achievements of women throughout history and the work that still needs to be done to achieve gender equality.

The 100 inspirational Women's Day quotes we've compiled are a testament to the resilience, strength, and power of women. They are a call to action, a reminder that we all have the ability to make a positive impact in our own lives and the lives of those around us.

As we celebrate this special day, let's remember that it's not just about celebrating women but also about acknowledging the challenges and barriers that women still face today. Let's continue to work together to break down those barriers and create a world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed. Remember these words of wisdom, draw inspiration from them, and continue to push for progress and change in the fight for gender equality.

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