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Celebrating Women’s History Month + 20 Women Empowerment Quotes To Inspire You

Celebrating Women’s History Month + 20 Women Empowerment Quotes To Inspire You

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Even though we know that women ought to be celebrated every day of the year, the month of March was officially designated as Women’s History Month in America by Presidential proclamation.

The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions to American history. This celebration started off in the 1970s as Women’s History Week, celebrated by local groups and municipalities. The most notable celebration came in 1978 when the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” event.

In particular, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day, a day which grew out of the labor movement to become a UN-recognized annual event. The idea to make the day international came from a woman called Clara Zetkin. She suggested the idea in 1910 at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. After a unanimous agreement, the day was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. 

Clara Zetkin, German Marxist theorist, activist, and advocate or women’s right | Photo: liepglo.com

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week in the United States.

Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

Come March 8, women across the world will be celebrating the 109th International Women’s Day with the 2021 theme: #ChooseToChallenge. The theme for Women’s History Month 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women’s suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” 

As women in this present day, you would think we have it easier. After all, there’s a dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, and every other chore-relieving tool you could think of, plus it’s the era of self-love and gender equality. But the reverse could be the case. There are bills to pay, glass ceilings to shatter, children to raise and goals to meet. Whether you’re single or married, being a woman comes with its customized brand of challenges. Yet, even in the face of all these, we will not have it any other way. Being a woman is phenomenal, take out a second to envision what earth would be like without us. Exactly! There would be no earth. Touché!

Women in business, career women, stay-at-home moms all understand one language—support and love. Thankfully women are embracing the need to lift other women up, gas them up, as we motivate and support each other. When you empower a female, the ripple effects are enjoyed by society at large. This is why we’ve curated 20 empowering quotes by some of the most inspiring women in our lifetime and beyond.

These invaluable quotes range from beauty to business, self-love to leadership. Here’s hoping that these quotes inspire and uplift us all in ways that motivate us to speak up for what we believe, support one another and love ourselves for who we are—filter or no filter.

Here’s to womanhood and women continuing to rise. Here’s to us!

Here are 20 women empowerment quotes by women we love…

#1. Failure

Golden Globes 2018

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” — Oprah Winfrey

#2. A healthy self-esteem

Photo: Instagram | Chimamanda Adichie

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.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

#3. Leadership

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Photo: Instagram | Nancy Pelosi

Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” — Nancy Pelosi

#4. Self-love

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Photo: Instagram | Demi Lovato

It helps to even look in the mirror—and it sounds so cheesy—but if you just look in the mirror and say, ‘you are beautiful’ and ‘you are worthy’. Those things really help you.” — Demi Lovato

#5. Fighting for your dreams

Photo: Instagram | Diana Ross

You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”Diana Ross

#6. Sanity. Women Empowerment Quotes.

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What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did.” — Nina Simone

#7. Originality

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Photo: Instagram | Tracee Ellis Ross

It was when I realized I needed to stop trying to be somebody else and be myself, I actually started to own, accept and love what I had.” — Tracee Ellis Ross

#8. Fearlessness

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Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” — Arianna Huffington

#9. Power

Photo: Instagram | Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception”. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

#10. Tenacity

Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us” — Angela Bassett

#11. Precision

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Photo: Beyonce

It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.” — Beyoncé Knowles

#12. Stand out

Women Empowerment Quotes International Women's Day History Month
Photo: Instagram | @ameliaearhartofficial

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

#13. Control

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I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ― Angela Davis

#14. Passion. Women Empowerment Quotes.

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Photo: Instagram | Essence

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ― Maya Angelou

#15. Strength

I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.— Janet Jackson

#16. Stereotypes

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Photo: businessinsider.com

We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.” ― Shirley Chisholm

#17. Dare to envision

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Photo: Time

Focus on your skills, whether it’s working in a kitchen, working on a trading floor, running a household. You can go do anything.” — Stacey Cunningham

#18. Path. Women Empowerment Quotes.

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Photo: Instagram | Dolly Parton

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

#19. Live and not exist

Photo: Instagram | @jkrowlingweb

It is impossible without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling

#20. Be an inspiration

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Photo: Vogue

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

A quote a day (or maybe more) keeps you going. When life throws you curve balls, stand your ground and adjust your crown. Stay inspired Queen!


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