120 Best Female Empowerment Quotes To Inspire You

Supriya Jain
Dec 12, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Feb 22, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Why Female Empowerment Quotes?

Female empowerment is about equipping women and allowing them to make all the decisions related to their life through the different societal problems. Empowerment includes raising women’s status through education, career, literacy, training, and other aspects of life.

Female empowerment is defined as promoting a woman’s self-worth and ability to do things based on their own choices and right to influence social change for themselves and others. Sometimes your family doesn’t support you in your decisions, and that is when you need to stand up for yourself.

Empowering yourself is very important and much needed, which will determine you as a woman. Female empowerment is essential because empowering women gives women their rights.

They should have equal rights in everything that they do. Female empowerment is crucial not only at home but also wherever they go.

What Should Parents Know

  • Women's empowerment is crucial for the well-being and growth of households, societies, and nations.
  • Women can only realize their full potential when they are free from fear and can focus on building a life they love. They can also support long-term economic growth, which is good for communities and the world.
  • If girls go to school, they will be better able to find rewarding careers and contribute to their countries' economies as adults.

What To Discuss With Kids

  • Personal growth and furthering one's education are areas in which women tend to show a greater degree of interest.
  • Women-owned firms are expanding at a rate that is more than double the average for all enterprises.
  • Many analyses have shown that women are more likely to work hard, be disciplined, go above and beyond, and have higher productivity levels than men.

Empowering Quotes From Popular Actresses

Empowering Quotes From Popular Actresses

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1. "Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness."- Oprah Winfrey

2. "If you stand for equality, then you're a feminist. Sorry to tell you, you're a feminist."- Emma Watson

3. "When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch."- Bette Davis

4. "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."- Amy Schumer

5. "Girls should never be afraid to be smart."- Emma Watson

6. "I want all the girls without an exception to have that space for themselves where they have opportunities to be the women they wish to be."- Priyanka Chopra

7. "Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with."- Emma Watson

8. "Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else."- Judy Garland

9. "A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself."- Lena Dunham

10. "Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use."- Ruth Gordo

11. "Women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice, and they need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen."- Meghan Markle

12. "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for."- Oprah Winfrey

13. "We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men."- Emma Watson

14. "Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you."- Viola Davis

15. "If women understood and exercised their power they could remake the world."- Emily Taft Douglas

16. "The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it."- Roseanne Barr

17. "We're never, ever, ever going to be able to fly as high unless we're both in support of each other."- Emma Watson

18. "There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself."- Hannah Gadsby

Empowering Quotes From Women In Business

19. "I never dreamed about success. I worked for it."- Estée Lauder

20. "Women are not the problem. They’re the solution."- Sheryl Wudunn

21. "A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman."- Melinda Gates

22. "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."- Sheryl Sandberg

23. "Women need to shift from thinking 'I’m not ready to do that' to thinking 'I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it."- Sheryl Sandberg

24. "So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it."- Sheryl Sandberg

25. "No one ever became a success without taking chances… One must be able to recognize the moment and seize it without delay."– Estée Lauder

26. "Women have always been the strong ones of the world."- Coco Chanel

27. "The biggest barrier for women is the thought that they can’t have it all."- Cathy Engelbert

28. "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 Cunnigham

Empowering Quotes From Charismatic Writers

29. "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

30. "Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to be themselves."- Betty Friedan

31. "Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture."- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

32. "Don’t just stand for th success of other women - insist on it."- Gail Blanke

33. 'We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful."- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

34. "The most effective way to do it, is to do it."- Amelia Earheart

35. "Women are the real architects of society."- Harriet Beecher Stowe

36. "I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."- Charlotte Bronte

37. "Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version."- Carolyn See

38. "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."- Nora Ephron

39. "The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me."- Ayn Rand

40. "You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you."- Katie Couric

41. "Tears mess up your makeup."- Julia Child

42. "Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."- Julia Child

43. "Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others."- Amelia Earhart

44. "Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice."- Helen Keller

45. "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

46. "Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."- Helen Keller

47. "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."- Audre Lorde

48. "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."- Audre Lodre

49. "If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more."- Erica Jung

50. "If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative."- Betty Eadie

51. "In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths."- Betty Eadie

52. "I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves."- Mary Shelley

53. "I am a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That’s me."- Maya Angelou

54. "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

55. "Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong."- Sarah Dessen

56. "There is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child."- NK. Jemisin

57. "You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them."- Shonda Rhimes

58. "I hate to hear you talk about women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm water all our lives."- Jane Austen

Empowering Quotes From Feminists

59. "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

60. "A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men."- Gloria Steinem

61. "As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it."- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

62. "So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune."- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

63. "If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself."- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

64. "Women’s freedom is the sign of social freedom."- Rosa Luxemberg

65. "I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls."- Malala Yousafzai

66. "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."- Malala Yousafzai

67. "Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women."- Maya Angelou

68. "The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first."- Iyanla Vanzant

69. "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

70. "Freedom is to live with dignity."- Manal-Al-Sharif

71. "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."- Alice Walker

72. "A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform."- Diane Mariechild

73. "A strong woman is a woman determined to do something that others are determined not to be done."- Marge Piercy

Empowering Quotes From Women In Sports

74. "Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on."- Serena Williams

75. "People used to say that boxing is for men and not for women, and I thought I will show them some day. I promised myself, and I proved myself."- Mary Kom

76. "Do your best to achieve the goal. Do what makes you distinct than others. Snatch your rights by excelling in your pursuits. Do maximum for distinction in your field."- Saina Nehwal

77. "No matter where you come from. We all share the same struggles as human beings, and my beginning is no different."- Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce

78. "Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of."- Bethany Hamilton

79. "The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you."-Jackie Joyner

80. "Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat: You have to master yourself.”-Olga Korbut

Empowering Quotes From Celebrated Singers

81. "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."- Rihanna

82. "I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay."- Madonna

83. "It’s not about how many times you get rejected or fall down or are beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going."- Lady Gaga

84. '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."- Cher

85. "A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars."- Carly Simon

Empowering Quotes From Women And Men In Politics

86. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."- Eleanor Roosevelt

87. "I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own."- Michelle Obama

88. "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

89. "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."- Margaret Thatcher

90. "To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."- Hillary Clinton

91. "You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed."- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

92. "No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back."- Kamala Harris

93. "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."- Irina Dunn

94. "No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens"- Michelle Obama

95. "We’ve heard a lot about the Internet of Things – I think we need an Internet of Women."- Christine Lagarde

96. "Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility."- Ban Ki-Moon

97. "For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected."- Michelle Bachelet

98. "If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all."- Hillary Clinton

99. "One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals."- Michelle Obama

100. "A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."- Eleanor Roosevelt

101. "There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women."- Kofi Annan

Quotes To Empower Women

102. "The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one." - Amanda Lovelace

103. "Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for." - Jennifer Lopez

104. "Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work." - Adrienne Rich

105. "Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."– Marilyn Monroe

106. "Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

107. "I always thought that people told you that you're beautiful--that this was a title that was bestowed upon you ... I think that it's time to take this power into our own hands and to say, 'You know what? I'm beautiful. I just am. And that's my light. I'm just a beautiful woman.' - Margaret Cho

108. "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are." - Melissa Etheridge

109. "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa

110. "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

111. "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

112. "It's hard not to be a fighter when you're constantly under siege." -Cassandra Duffy

113. "I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life." - Louise Hay

114. "I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else." - Dolly Parton

115. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

116. "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."– Kavita Ramdas

117. "I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it." - Hoda Kotb

118. "We need to encourage girls that their voice matters. I think there are hundreds and thousands of Malalas out there." - Malala Yousafzai

119. "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

120. "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." - Margaret Atwood

Empowerment Quotes by Women in Power of Brands

121. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” - Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

122. “Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.” - Sheryl Sandberg

123. “Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” - Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court

124. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”- Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

125. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics

126. “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, Editor-In-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group, AOL

127. “Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” - Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo!

128. “Give us a world where half our homes are run by men, and half our institutions are run by women. I'm pretty sure that would be a better world.” - Sheryl Sandberg

129. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM

130. “I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success.” - ‘It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir’, Gloria Vanderbilt

131. “If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times; obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps; but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.” Candice Carpenter, founder of iVillage.com

132. “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”- Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

133. “If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.” - Sheryl Sandberg

134. “If you’re clear on what you believe, you have a great foundation to go make a market.”- Ginni Rometty, Chairman, president and CEO of IBM

135. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”- Coco Chanel, founder of Chanel

136. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” - ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’, Sheryl Sandberg

137. “Know what you bring. Know what you don’t bring. And build a team that covers everything you need.”- Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List

138. “One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”- Marie Curie, physicist and chemist, and two-time (1903 and 1911) Nobel Prize winner

139. “Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of option B.” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

140. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” - Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue

141. “Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.”- Elizabeth Arden, founder of Elizabeth Arden Inc.

142. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” - Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr

143. “The road to success is always under construction.”- Lily Tomlin, actress, comedian, writer and producer

144. “There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down.

Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.”- Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co.

145. “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

146. “Walt Disney told his crew to ‘build the castle first’ when constructing Disney World, knowing that vision would continue to serve as motivation throughout the project. Oftentimes when people fail to achieve what they want in life, it’s because their vision isn’t strong enough.” - Gail Blanke, president and CEO of Lifedesigns

147. “Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.” - Katia Beauchamp, co-founder, and CEO of Birchbox.

148. “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, founder of The Body Shop

149. “With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.” - Ellen J. Kullman, formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont.

150. Define success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” - Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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