20 Empowering Quotes from History-Making Women

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March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a time to celebrate the fierce females who fought for equality and justice for women everywhere. Thanks to their hard work, we have more opportunities than ever today, and more women and girls can feel empowered to achieve their dreams. CircleAround celebrates the legacies and achievements of women every day, but this month, we are especially proud to highlight their stories.  

To mark the beginning of Women’s History Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite empowering quotes from fierce women from the past, and the present. 

1Coco Chanel

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

2Alice Walker

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” 

3Frida Kahlo

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”

4Abigail Duniway

“When women’s true history shall have been written, her part in the upbuilding of this nation will astound the world.”


“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”

6Oprah Winfrey

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

7Malala Yousafzai

“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”

8Nicki Minaj

“I just want women to always feel in control. Because we’re capable, we’re so capable.”  

9Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“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.” 

10Amy Poehler

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind learning.”

11C. JoyBell C.

“I believe in strong women. I believe in the woman who is able to stand up for herself. I believe in the woman who doesn’t need to hide behind her husband’s back. I believe that if you have problems, as a woman you deal with them, you don’t play victim, you don’t make yourself look pitiful, you don’t point fingers. You stand and you deal. You face the world with a head held high and you carry the universe in your heart.”

12Kavita Ramdas

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”


“Women have to harness their power — it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first ‘No’. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.”

14Mindy Kaling

“Here’s my feeling: For everyone, men and women, it’s important to be a feminist. It’s important to have female characters. It’s wonderful for women to mentor other women, but it’s just as important for women to mentor men and vice-versa.”

15Reese Witherspoon

“I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you.”

16Lupita Nyong’o

“I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside."

17Sheryl 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.” 

18Serena Williams

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

19Amy Schumer

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”

20Nikita Gill

“Fill your life with women that empower you, that help you believe in your magic and aid them to believe in their own exceptional power and their incredible magic, too. Women that believe in each other can survive anything. Women who believe in each other create armies that will win kingdoms and wars.”

The Bottom Line 

As long as we keep propping each other up, we will continue to make new paths and opportunities for women everywhere. Let these empowering words from strong women inspire you so that you can take on the world and support other females in your community. For a levity break, read 10 humorous quotes from fierce history-making women whose cheer will cheer you on. 

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Katka Lapelosová

Katka is a writer from New York City, currently living in Belgrade, Serbia. See Full Bio

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