150 International Women’s Day Quotes to Celebrate a Vigorous Woman

Filed in Quote by on April 18, 2024

These are International Women’s Day quotes to celebrate women’s day. While each and every day is an opportunity to celebrate women, one day gives us the opportunity to recognize the incredible achievements of women across the globe, and the tireless pursuit of worldwide gender equality. 

Incredible International Women’s Day Quotes

So, let’s kick start this list with quotes created by and for the holiday itself! These messages have been commonly heard at marches, during inspirational talks, and in empowering speeches given by some of the most active and most celebrated women in history.

Find the perfect International Women’s Day quote for the woman whose words and actions empower you!

1. “Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” Hillary Clinton

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

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

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

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

6. “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.” Hillary Clinton

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

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

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

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

Inspirational Quotes for Strong Confident Woman Quotes

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

12. “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

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

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

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

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

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

18. “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.

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

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

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

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

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

24. “There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” – Hannah Gadsby

International Women’s Day Empowerment Quotes

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

26. “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

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

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

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

30. “Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” – Anonymous

31. “I am a woman, what’s your superpower?” – Anonymous

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

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

34. “When women support each other, incredible things happen.” – Anonymous

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

36. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Anonymous

37. “She believed she could, so she did.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

Positive Quotes for Women

41. “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

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

43. “Her soul is fierce, her heart is brave, her mind is strong.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

49. “Be the woman you needed as a girl.” – Anonymous

50. “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

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

52. “Females are strong as hell.” – Anonymous

53. “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.” Serena Williams, Athlete

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

55. “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

Successful Women Quotes

56. “You are a woman; that is your superpower.”– Anonymous

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

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

59. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” Hillary Clinton, American politician

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

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

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

63. “Behind every successful woman, is herself”. Maya Angelou

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

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

66. “If you have a dream, make it a goal.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

Motivational Quotes for Women

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

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

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

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

74. “Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” – Anonymous

75. “We all have a ‘Wonder Woman’ inside of us.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

80.“Don’t stop until you’re proud.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

Inspiring Quotes for Young Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

93. “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” – Anonymous

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

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

Happy Women’s Day Quotes

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

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

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

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

100. “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

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

102. “Know what your worth is and then add the tax to that amount.” – Anonymous

103. “Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do.’ But men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.” – Gloria Steinem

104. “She’s a badass with a good heart. Soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of woman you go to war beside; the type of woman you marry.” – R.H. Sin

105. “She looked back on her life and realized that everything that happened only made her stronger.” – Anonymous

106. “She wore her scars as her best attire. A stunning dress made of hellfire.” – Daniel Saint

107. “Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills before the onset of a hurricane.” – Anonymous

Powerful Women Quotes

108. “She was a true fighter; you could see it in her eyes. She wasn’t born strong, she was made strong. She was sculpted to be her own when the world let her down and she kept picking herself back up.” – Anonymous

109.“She has been through hell, so believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into fire and smiles.” – E. Corona

110.“She never seemed shattered to me; she was a breathtaking mosaic of battles she’s won.” – Matt Baker

111. “She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love.” – Anonymous

112. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” – Anonymous

113. “I expect woman will be the last thing civilized by man.” – George Meredith

114. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. Also, I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls and I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

115. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

116. “The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

117. “Women hold up half the sky.” – Mao Zedong

118. “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants rather than to create it herself.” – Anais Nin

Women Supporting Women Quotes

119. “What we women need to do, instead of worrying about what we don’t have is just love what we do have.” – Cameron Diaz

120. “After all those years as a woman hearing, ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I am enough.’” – Anna Quindlen

121. “Women are incredible in groups together. Terrifying. Men have nothing on them.” – Michael Hutchence

122. “Know what your worth is and then add the tax to that amount.” – Anonymous

123. “She is strong, but not in the ways most people think. She loves more than she’ll ever get back and she knows it, yet she loves anyway.” – J.M. Storm

124. “She was a wild one. Always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” – Kaitlin Foster

125. “Yes, she knows pain, but she is strong. Her heart knows no other way.” – A.R. Asher

126. “The world needs strong women who will lift and build others. Who will love and be loved? Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce; women of indomitable will.” –Amy Tenney

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

128. “A strong woman can also be vulnerable. Just because there’s a crack in your armor, don’t doubt your strength for one moment.” – Anonymous

129. “I am proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time to become her.” – Anonymous

130. “What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” – Rupi Kaur

Great Women Day Quotes for the Working Class Woman

131. “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

132. “A woman should be like a single flower—not a whole bouquet.” – Anna Held

133. “I know what I bring to the table… So trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone.” – Anonymous

134. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back, because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

135. “She remembered who she was and the game changed.” – Lalah Deliah

136. “There’s something about a woman with a loud mind that sits in silence, smiling, knowing she can crush you with the truth.” – R.G. Moon

137. “She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.” – Rumi 

138. “Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.” – Kiera Cass

139. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” – Madonna

140. “It’s okay if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.” – Colette Werden

141. “My world did not shrink because I was a black female writer. It just got bigger”.Toni Morrison

Inspiring Strong Woman Day Quotes

142. “The future of our world is only as bright as the future of our girls.” – Michelle Obama

143. “You know why I do it? I do it because I want women to see that they do not get pushed around. You don’t run away from the fight.” Nancy Pelosi

144. “Use your voice and you can affect change.” Melinda Gates

145. “I hope that I have inspired young people about civic engagement and helped pave the pathway for women who may have faced obstacles pursuing their careers.” Sandra Day O’Connor

146. “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, and about equality. It’s not — I really don’t know what my t**s have to do with it.” Emma Watson

147. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our strength until we are in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

149. “Let’s see where it goes. So far it’s been great. … When I see women appearing every place in numbers, I’m less worried than I might have been 20 years ago.” – Ruth Bader

150. “Feminism is just saying give me opportunities without judging me for the decisions that I make, the same freedom that men have enjoyed for so many centuries.” – Priyanka Chopra.

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