Top 87 Powerful Women Quotes 2020

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When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. Helen Keller

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. Margaret Thatcher

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Maya Angelou

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. Thats what music is to me. Janis Joplin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage. Anais Nin

If you dont like being a doormat then get off the floor. Al Anon

Whatever you do, be different that was the advice my mother gave me, and I cant think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If youre different, you will stand out. Anita Roddick

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. Thats why they dont get what they want. Madonna

Anna Eleanor RooseveltA woman is like a tea bag you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt (Photo credit: U.S. Federal Government)

A woman is like a tea bag you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt

I know God will not give me anything I cant handle. I just wish that He didnt trust me so much. Mother Teresa

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. J. K. Rowling

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Eleanor Roosevelt

The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. Susan B. Anthony

We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. Susan B. Anthony
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Ive come to believe that each of us has a personal calling thats as unique as a fingerprint and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. Oprah Winfrey

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts. Nancy Rathburn

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

I want to do is because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart

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Just watch, all of you men. Ill show you what a woman can doIll go across the country, Ill race to the Moon Ill never look back. Edna Gardner Whyte

The best protection any woman can have is courage. Elizabeth Cady StantonMarie Curie

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. Marie Curie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. Marie Curie

Success breeds confidence. Beryl Markham
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Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesnt have what it takes. They will say, Women dont have what it takes. Clare Boothe Luce

The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world see us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world. Arlene Rankin

Love is anterior to Life, Posterior to Death, Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth. Emily Dickinson

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The question isnt whos going to let me; its who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand

Most people who meet my wife quickly conclude that she is remarkable. They are right about this. She is smart, funny and thoroughly charming. Often, after hearing her speak at some function or working with her on a project, people will approach me and say something to the effect of, you know, I think the world of you, Barack, but your wife, wow! Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope

People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me. Princess Diana

If you look at what you have in life, youll always have more. If you look at what you dont have in life, youll never have enough. Oprah Winfrey

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. Charlotte Whitton

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any. Alice Walker

One likes people much better when theyre battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph. Virginia Woolf

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maya angelouYou may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou 

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses. Madame Marie du Deffand

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

When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win. Steffi Graf

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. Erica Jong

You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer. Byron Katie

Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. Ruth Gordon

Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because thats the one that is going to require the most from you. Caroline Myss

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. Elizabeth Gilbert

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. Sheila Murray Bethel

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. J. K. Rowling

Taking joy in living is a womans best cosmetic. Rosalind Russell

Woman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. Margaret SangerMelinda Gates

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. Melinda Gates

You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people. Marsha Evans

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. Melinda Gates

A mans got to do what a mans got to do. A woman must do what he cant. Rhonda Hansome

We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home. Rosalyn Sussman

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. Rosalynn Carter

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. Simone de Beauvoir

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

Women love always: when earth slips from them, they take refuge in heaven.George Sand

If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?Valentina Tereshkova

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.William Shakespeare

Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.H. L. Mencken

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.Arthur Schopenhauer

I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men.Coco Chanel

Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.Louisa May Alcott

Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.Coco Chanel

My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady and the other was to be independent, and the law was something most unusual for those times because for most girls growing up in the '40s, the most the important degree was not your B.A. but your M.R.S.Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.Frank Sinatra

I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.Gloria Steinem

It is easier for women to succeed in business, the arts, and politics in America than in Europe.Hedy Lamarr

To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.Angela Davis

It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation.Camille Paglia

All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband some day.Franklin P. Jones

I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself.Anne Bronte

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'm enough.'Anna Quindlen

Women often postpone their lives, thinking that if they're not with a partner then it doesn't really count. They're still searching for their prince, in a way. And as much as we don't discuss that because it's too embarrassing and too sad, I think it really does exist.Jane Campion

The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.Adrienne Rich

All women's issues are to some degree men's issues and all men's issues are to some degree women's issues because when either sex wins unilaterally both sexes lose.Warren Farrell

I think women get caught up too much in having a plan - 'I'm going to get married at this age; I'm going to have a kid at this age' - and then they just try to find a guy who will fit into that picture. I don't want my life to be based on that.Julia Stiles

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love.Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The term 'alpha female' originated in my field of animal behavior, but has acquired new meaning. It refers to women who are in charge, for example, by flirting and dating on their own terms. It is also used maliciously for a loud-mouthed, controlling woman who has no patience with deviating opinions.Frans de Waal

It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations, and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics.Stephen Hawking

In the public eye, girls and women with strong perspectives are hated. If you're a girl with an opinion, people just hate you. There are still people who are afraid of successful women, and that's so lame.Billie Eilish

You can't forget that organizational success flows from the hearts and minds of the men and women you lead. Rather than treating your people as you'd like to be treated, treat them as they would like to be treated. Small gestures like opting for face-to-face meetings or sending personal notes can have an enormous impact on teams and their morale.Marillyn Hewson

Intersectionality is an analytic sensibility, away of thinking about identity and its relationship to power. Originally articulated on behalf of black women, the term brought to light the invisibility of many constituents within groups that claim them as members but often fail to represent them.Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected.Carol Moseley Braun

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. Jane Austen, Pride, and Prejudice

Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men. Joseph Conrad, Chance

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. Anaïs Nin

Women should never wait for someone to hand over power.Roseanne Barr inspirational quote"The thing women have yet to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it." - Roseanne Barr

 We get more perfect with age.Emma Watson inspirational quotes"I'm excited about the ageing process. I'm more interested in women who aren't perfect. They're more compelling." - Emma Watson

 As women, we have a special superpowers that can befuddle the minds of men.Farrah Fawcett inspirational quotes

"God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met." - Farrah Fawcett

 Women can easily do (or out-do) the work of men.Charlotte Whitton inspirational quotes

"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton

 As women, we need to start realizing how amazing we actually are.Anna Quindlen

"After all those years as a woman hearing not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough, almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought: Im enough." - Anna Quindlen

 We are dangerous even as we are graceful.smiling woman inspirational quote"The most dangerous animal in the world is a silent smiling woman." - Anonymous

 Women can be whatever the heck we want to be.Emma Watson inspirational quotes

I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. Its bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, Id be a warrior princess. - Emma Watson

 Being a woman doesn't mean having to be a damsel in distress.Nora Ephron inspirational quotesAbove all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. - Nora Ephron


 We should never be afraid to do what makes us feel pretty.Tina Fey inspirational quotes

"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?" - Tina Fey
 A strong woman will never hurt someone to make herself feel better.building women up inspirational quotes

"A strong woman builds others up because she knows what it's like to be torn down." - Anonymous
 Women can (and should) know how to

fight their own battles.Susan B. Anthony inspirational quotes"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand." - Susan B. Anthony

 A strong woman is better than a pretty woman.Lilith Saintcrow inspirational quotesBetter to be strong than pretty and useless. - Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels

 A woman's beauty isn't defined by her inspirational quotes"Beauty isn't about having a pretty face. It's about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul." - Anonymous
 A strong woman doesn't run from a challenge.Gina Carey inspirational quotes

"A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink." - Gina Carey

 Women should never let fear hold us back.Emma Watson inspirational quotesGirls should never be afraid to be smart. - Emma Watson

 No woman ever needs a man to make her life complete.Princess Diana inspirational quotes

"People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me." - Princess Diana
 Womanhood is a tribe and we always have each others' backs.women together inspirational quotes.

"Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back." - Anonymous

 We have to accept that we are only human.Nicki Minaj inspirational quotes"When you're a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super-sweet. And you have to be sexy...and you have to be nice. It's like, I can't be all those things at once: I'm a human being." - Nicki Minaj

 Confidence is what makes a woman sexy.Beyoncé inspirational quotes"The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence." - Beyoncé
 Every once in a while, it's ok to be a witch.Madonna inspirational quotes

I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. - Madonna
 We determine our lives, no one else.Amy Schumer inspirational quotes"If I say I'm beautiful...If I say I'm strong. You will not determine my story - I will." - Amy Schumer
 Being a feminist doesn't mean hating men.Emma Watson inspirational quotes

I have realized that fighting for womens rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. - Emma Watson
 We only realize how totally strong we are when we go through the hard times.

Eleanor Roosevelt inspirational quotes"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
 There are two things women should always be.Coco Chanel inspirational quotes

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. - Coco Chanel
 The best makeup a woman can wear is a smile.Rosalind Russell inspirational quotes"Taking joy in living is a womans best cosmetic." - Rosalind Russell

 We sometimes just have to pretend to have it all together.Mindy Kaling inspirational quotes"Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched."  - Mindy Kaling

 All women know the real key to confidence.Tina Fey inspirational quotes"Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion." - Tina Fey

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, We Should All Be FeministsI love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Lifes a bitch. Youve got to go out and kick ass.Maya Angelou 

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

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when youre knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you cant or shouldnt go on.Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dont let anyone speak for you, and dont rely on others to fight for you.
Michelle Obama

You had the power all along my dear.Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
And really, how insulting is it that to suggest that the best thing women can do is raise other people to do incredible things? Im betting some of those women would like to do great things of their own.Jessica Valenti, Why Have Kids?

Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches 

I like being present in spaces where I am not welcome because you do not deserve to feel comfortable just because youre racist or sexist or small-minded.Scaachi Koul, One Day Well All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter 

“‘You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me? Aunty Ifeka said. Your life belongs to you and you alone.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

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Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

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

I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpents tonguemy womans voice, my sexual voice, my poets voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera

Youre not too fat. Youre not too loud. Youre not too smart. Youre not unladylike. There is nothing wrong with you.Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a womans power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon.Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu

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Be as pissed off as you want to be. Dont hold back because you think its unladylike or some such nonsense. We shouldnt be shamed out of our anger. We should be using it. Using it to make change in our own lives, and using it to make change in the lives around us. (I know, Im cheesy.) So the next time someone calls you emotional, or asks if youre PMSing, call them on their bullshit.Jessica Valenti, Hes a Stud, Shes a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know
Im a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,Thats me.Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman

The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose, is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin.bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love
My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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.Nikita Gill

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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

You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect. You should expect it.Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon

Dont let the bastards grind you down.Margaret Atwood, The Handmaids Tale

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