Quotes on Women Empowerment


  • “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

  • “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

  • “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

  • “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen

  • “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison

  • “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli

  • “I hate men who are afraid of women’s strength.” – Anaïs Nin, Henry and June

  • “As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

  • “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.” – Rebecca West, Young Rebecca

  • “To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?” – Mahatma Gandhi

  • “Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him — or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

  • “If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” – Plato
  • “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

  • “No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.” – Wilkie Collins

  • “It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

  • “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” – Roman Payne

  • “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder

  • “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

  • “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 like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” – Diane von Furstenberg

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

  • “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” – Gloria Steinem

  • “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

  • “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

  • “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

  • “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
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  • “You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'” – Erin McKean

  • “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

  • “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amerlia Earhart

  • “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis

  • “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, ‘Yes, women can.'” – Dilma Rousseff

  • “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

  • “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

  • “I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.” – Angelina Jolie

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

  • “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
  • “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


  • “Women are the real architects of society.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • “I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.” – Diane von Furstenberg

  • “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

  • “Feminism is for everybody” – bell hooks

  • “I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.” – Hillary Clinton

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

  • “I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou

  • “Why has the word [feminism] become such an uncomfortable one? It is not the word that is important; it’s the idea and the ambition behind it.” – Emma Watson

  • “The idea of being a feminist: so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex, but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me that is just an essential part of my identity.” – Lena Dunham

  • “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.” – Indira Ghandi

  • “If you look at what you have in life,
  • You’ll always have more.
  • If you look at what you don’t have in life,
  • You’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “People with clenched fists can not shake hands.” = Indira Gandhi

  • “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” – Ban Ki-moon

  • “We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means but for me it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It’s about very basic things. It’s not a badge like a fashion item.” – Annie Lennox

  • “It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.” – William J. Clinton

  • “Confidence and empowerment are cousins in my opinion. Empowerment comes from within and typically it’s stemmed and fostered by self-assurance. To feel empowered is to feel free and that’s when people do their best work. You can’t fake confidence or empowerment.” – Amy Jo Martin
  • “Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.” – Gloria Steinem

  • “I think the economic empowerment of women that has been growing over the past decade is at the ‘inflection point’ with this global recession. Women are, we believe, the solution for their families in their ability to go out and increase household income.” – Andrea Jung

  • “I’ve been a staunch advocate of women’s empowerment, and I’ve worked hard throughout my career to advance the cause. It is heartening to see that gender equality is really becoming more of a reality. There is still much more to be done, and I’m confident that, by working together, we can empower women worldwide.” – Madhuri Dixit

  • “Ultimately what I end up writing about is helplessness and the flipside of that, empowerment.” – Joss Whedon

  • “To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one’s faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction.” – Randa Abdel-Fattah

  • “My interest is not data, it’s the world. And part of world development you can see in numbers. Others, like human rights, empowerment of women, it’s very difficult to measure in numbers.” – Hans Rosling

  • “My answer to those who oppose my appointment as CEO is that this is really a decision of the YWCA. They want to strengthen their grassroots to advocate on behalf of women’s and children’s empowerment and ending racism.” – Patricia Ireland

  • “My top priority for 2012 will be to make a renewed push for women’s economic empowerment and political participation.” – Michelle Bachelet

  • “I want to reach young women and to get them involved in the mission of the YWCA, economic empowerment of women and girls, and ending racism.” – Patricia Ireland

  • “I feel such a sense of empowerment being a mom. But I do wonder: How do they/we do it all?” – Kourtney Kardashian

  • “Climate change, demographics, water, food, energy, global health, women’s empowerment – these issues are all intertwined. We cannot look at one strand in isolation. Instead, we must examine how these strands are woven together.” – Ban Ki-moon

  • “Overall, I have formed three major organizations: the National Association of Business Women, the Young Women’s Leaders Network, and the Joyce Banda Foundation. Under the foundation, we have a huge program that targets women to teach them about HIV and other diseases and to give them economic empowerment.” – Joyce Banda

  • “I just think that knowing about your body at any age, whether it’s educating yourself on fertility, getting mammograms, going through puberty – whatever it may be, is really important. I just really encourage women empowerment and being comfortable talking about these issues.” – Khloe Kardashian

  • “Technology is one of the key drivers of female economic empowerment, but the fields that women choose to participate in are still decidedly gendered.” – Weili Dai

  • “Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been a top priority for me from day one as Secretary-General. And I am committed to making sure that the U.N. leads by example.” – Ban Ki-moon

  • “Why are we not valuing the word ‘feminism’ when there is so much work to be done in terms of empowerment and emancipation of women everywhere?” – Annie Lennox

  • “I work in areas related to child protection and family safety, women’s empowerment, the creation of opportunities for youth, and culture and tourism. Daunting? Yes. Impossible? No. In fact, such challenges energize me.” – Queen Rania of Jordan

  • “I don’t have time to write a mom blog, but I’m not against it. I think it’s great when women talk about things. I’m all about female empowerment. There’s a lot of lonely, lost moms out there. Moms need to be encouraged to tell the truth. There’s a lot of glamour mommy stuff. It’s OK to get real.” – Kelly Cutrone

  • “Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative is working to create opportunity and empower women and girls in markets around the world.” – Sylvia Mathews Burwell

  • “It took me a while to warm to the ’20s costumes on ‘Downton.’ I love it when women accentuate their curves, and that era was all about hiding them. The shapes they wore then were in tune with female empowerment. Cutting off their hair and hiding their busts was a way of saying, ‘We’re equal to men!’” – Lily James

  • “Female empowerment really is important to me. I’m a big nerd of the books from the 15th Century and 16th Century, when the men had all the power and the women had none of it.” – Ariel Winter
  • “President Obama has called for economic and political empowerment of women globally. The Equal Futures Partnership promotes removal of policy, legal, and regulatory barriers that hold women back at local, state and national levels.” – Lael Brainard

  • “There is no doubt that a woman’s economic empowerment is very much interconnected to her health and the well being of her children.” – Helene D. Gayle

  • “One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique.” – Janelle Monae

  • “A woman caring for her children; a woman striving to excel in the private sector; a woman partnering with her neighbors to make their street safer; a woman running for office to improve her country – they all have something to offer, and the more our societies empower women, the more we receive in return.” – Queen Rania of Jordan

  • “Gender equality will only be reached if we are able to empower women.” – Michelle Bachelet
  • “The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.” – Christian Louboutin

  • “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” – Alexander McQueen
  • “A woman caring for her children; a woman striving to excel in the private sector; a woman partnering with her neighbors to make their street safer; a woman running for office to improve her country – they all have something to offer, and the more our societies empower women, the more we receive in return.” – Queen Rania of Jordan

  • “High heels empower women in a way.” – Christian Louboutin

  • “The root cause of the looming energy problem – and the key to easing environmental, economic and religious tensions while improving public health – is to address the unending, and unequal, growth of the human population. And the one proven way to reduce fertility rates is to empower young women by educating them.” – Lawrence M. Krauss

  • “There’s a lot of activism that doesn’t deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.” – Talib Kweli

  • “I’ve been a staunch advocate of women’s empowerment, and I’ve worked hard throughout my career to advance the cause. It is heartening to see that gender equality is really becoming more of a reality. There is still much more to be done, and I’m confident that, by working together, we can empower women worldwide.” – Madhuri Dixit

  • “Societies that empower women are less violent in every way.” – Steven Pinker

  • “I want to empower women.” – Alexander McQueen

  • “I think the most important thing people can do to save our planet and the human race is to empower women!” – Robert Ballard

  • “We need to empower women. Give women a voice in the decision-making process. Give women a political voice where they can champion, for their own welfare. And, of course, for us. United Nations – organizations, agencies – we need to do our part.” – Margaret Chan

  • “I am proud to represent these men and women who empower people in developing nations and promote the Peace Corps mission of peace and friendship. These volunteers are making major strides to improve the lives of people and communities around the world.” – Kenny Marchant

  • “I am doing the mountain climbing to empower women.” – Samina Baig

  • “Mountain climbing is my passion, and to empower women through my expeditions is the reason.” – Samina Baig

  • “I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.” – Diane von Furstenberg

  • “If you economically empower a woman, she represents enormous opportunity that can actually be transformative not only for her family and for her community, but at the aggregate level for the economy.” – Sheryl WuDunn

  • “I thoroughly enjoy the work I do in helping motivate and empower young girls to celebrate and love their natural selves.” – Dominique Dawes

  • “Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative is working to create opportunity and empower women and girls in markets around the world.” – Sylvia Mathews Burwell

  • “Pageants were an amazing platform that gave a little girl like me from the mountains of my beautiful Puerto Rico a chance to travel, explore the world, meet amazing people, work for great charities and be a voice to empower women wherever I went. For all those things, I am grateful.” – Joyce Giraud

  • “Service is an opportunity for young women to really empower themselves.” – Chelsea Clinton

  • “Bill Clinton, talking about the need to financially empower wives and mothers in regressive countries, once remarked that women have ‘the responsibility gene.’ No one has that gene more markedly than his wife.” – Tina Brown

  • “I think I’ve really learned how important it is to empower women.” – Geri Halliwell

  • “Mountain climbing is my passion, and to empower women through my expeditions is the reason. I am doing the mountain climbing to empower women.” – Samina Baig

  • “If I were not a writer, I would spend more time doing the things that I am already doing, which include doing research in physics, teaching, and running a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower women in Cambodia.” – Alan Lightman

  • “I have always wanted to do something high octane. I’ve wanted to tackle an action role where I play a tomboy but empower myself as a woman.” – Annie Ilonzeh

  • “I’m not here to judge, I’m here to empower women to figure out what’s best for them.” – Heidi Murkoff

  • “It is truly a privilege to be able to support all women’s causes on a global level. It is remarkable that something as simple as television can empower us to create change and awareness in the world.” – Teri Hatcher

  • “Politics is a potent way to empower women.” – Preneet Kaur

  • “By boosting oversight and accountability, we can empower the VA in its core mission of helping the men and women who have served our country.” – Ann Kirkpatrick

  • “I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I feel very empowered as a woman, and I’ve used all my resources widely. I believe in equality, but that’s just naturally happening. I still want a door opened for me, to be treated like a lady, but I also want equal rights for women, of course.” – Pamela 
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  • “My father respected and admired my mother and was a person who was always standing by my side, encouraging me to do more and believed in my capacity. So in that sense, my own experience was very good in becoming an empowered woman. From early on, I carried that strong message: ‘You can do it.’ So I never had any doubt that women can do a lot.” – Michelle Bachelet

  • “Most African women are taught to endure abusive marriages. They say endurance means a good wife but most women endure abusive relationship because they are not empowered economically; they depend on their husbands.” – Joyce Banda

  • “Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.” – Isabel Allende
  • ↰↰↰I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That’s what our purpose is in this business. You’re merchandised, you’re a product. You’re sold and it’s based on sex. But that’s okay. I think women should be empowered by that, ↱↱not degraded.” – Megan Fox

  • “Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.” – John Gray

  • “I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I feel very empowered as a woman, and I’ve used all my resources widely. I believe in equality, but that’s just naturally happening. I still want a door opened for me, to be treated like a lady, but I also want equal rights for women, of course.” – Pamela 
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  • “I hope that my daughter grows up empowered and doesn’t define herself by the way she looks but by qualities that make her a intelligent, strong and responsible woman.” – Isaiah Mustafa

  • “I want every Filipino woman empowered with information regarding all options available to her regarding family planning.” – Lea Salonga

  • “Giving women education, work, the ability to control their own income, inherit and own property, benefits the society. If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.” – Isabel Allende

  • “I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.” – Diane von Furstenberg

  • ↸↸Most companies target women as end users, but few are effectively utilizing female employees when it comes to innovating for female consumers. When women are empowered in the design and innovation process, the likelihood of success in the marketplace improves by 144%!” – Indra Nooyi
  • ⇍⇍⇍For me, ‘I Am Woman’ is all about transition. I turned 21 in December, so I’m not completely grown up yet but I’m not a little girl anymore. Just in that in-between stage. The song is everything I have ever heard a woman say. I loved this song for me and every young lady, girl and woman to be able to feel empowered in being female.” – Jordin Sparks

  • “Women are in a position now to voice their opinion… women are getting empowered. The more power they get, the more voice they get to shift certain things around. Now I have a daughter, I understand. When I didn’t have a daughter, I didn’t understand.” – Snoop Dogg

  • “I did things like Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait. I don’t know what those films were about. The women I played in them were not very empowered.”- Julie Christie

  • ↸↸I feel empowered the fact that I can look the way that I do on stage and in photos – I can look that way any time I want. And I feel like it’s important message to other women that they can do it, too.” ↸↸↸
  • “That’s not to say that women’s priorities are better than men’s. Rather, when women are empowered, when they can speak from the experience of their own lives, they often address different, previously neglected issues. And families and whole communities benefit.” – Dee Dee Myers

  • “I’m a liability to them – I’m a woman, I’m empowered, I’m an artist. I’ve had executives who can’t come to my shows they’re so scared of me. I’ve been a thorn in many people’s sides just by existing.” – Alanis Morissette

  • “I can’t point to a single person or incident that changed my life, but the recognition that there is a certain world order, has been consequential. It has empowered me to do things my way. I found an inner truth by which I abide.” – Shari Arison

  • “Women need to be empowered through the strongest tool – education. They don’t need to be subservient to anyone, but at the same time, men must change their mindset towards women. If they are more respectful towards them, then things will change at the grassroots level. It will happen slowly, but everyone has to move together.” – Madhuri Dixit
  • ↸↸We can’t be empowered women in our career and strong women in our relationships if it weren’t for the fact that we’re healthy.↸↸↸

  • ↸↸As women are empowered, violence can come down, for a number of reasons. By all measures, men are the more violent gender.↸↸↸

  • “I have women coming up to me and saying: ‘I love your character! She’s so empowered. She takes control; she gets what she wants.’ That’s another side of her. And I respect that in Joan. She says and does things that I would never allow myself to do.” – Christina Hendricks

  • “I love comedy; I’m super passionate about it, and thank God it’s super in right now to have female empowered comedies.” – Dreama Walker

  • ↸↸I tell about some of the female characters from the Bible so girls can be inspired and empowered and uplifted.↸↸↸

  • “I see explicit covers on magazines, and they’re getting even more explicit, and it’s like, Are women being empowered, or is this just what sells magazines? Are they feeling pressured, or have they really come into themselves and are saying, ‘I am woman, hear me roar?’” – Rosie Perez

  • “’A League of Their Own’ had some special meaning for me, I guess – it’s about women joining together and being empowered, but also about sisters sticking together even when there’s drama and struggles. I’m really close to my two sisters and my brother, so I liked that about it.” – Rebel Wilson

  • “Women like to watch women fight because it makes them feel sort of empowered physically and mentally. They feel kind of jazzed and excited by it.” – Lucy Liu

  • ↸↸↸I would like to be a part of a community of women, and help women be empowered, but I think I’m not necessarily political. I say that because I really hate politicians, so I don’t fancy sitting around and thinking about them all the time.↸↸↸Rickie Lee Jones

  • “The troops are therefore empowered and are in duty bound in this war to use without mitigation even against women and children any means that will lead to success.” – Wilhelm Keitel

  • “The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  • “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.” – Edna Gardner Whyte

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

  • “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 
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  • “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

  • “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.” – Edna Gardner Whyte

  • ↸↸Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… ↸↸I’ll never look back.” – Edna Gardner Whyte

  • ↯↯↯We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.⇚⇚⇚⇚

  • ⇖⇖Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t 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

  • ↜↜Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell

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