50 Feminist Quotes To Empower You!

Posted on 28 May 2018

Women, in all their shapes, forms, and beauty, make up the majority of the world population today. We might be considered the “weaker” gender but we’re most definitely the most enchanting ones. Women are seen as venerable humans, stinted off to the side with the children while the big strong men are the heroes. Women get a whole lot of shit, discrimination being the biggie. But here's the thing, without women there’d be no man. We’re the mothers, the wives, the sisters. We’re the caregivers and supporters. This can’t go unnoticed or be pushed to one side. Here’s a list of the most empowering feminist quotes out there just to remind women everywhere how powerful we really are.
  1. “Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a ‘bitch’ or ‘dyke’; it means you believe in equality.”  -- Kate Nash, singer
  2. “I believe the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st Century.”-- Hillary Clinton, politician
  3. “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” -- Maya Angelou, writer
  4. "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
  5. "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." -- Rebecca West
  6. "Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult”--Charlotte Whitton
  7. “Who run the world? Girls.” -- Beyoncé, singer
  8. “We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.” --Emmeline Pankhurst, suffragette
  9. "I’d like every man who doesn’t call himself a feminist to explain to the women in his life why he doesn’t believe in equality for women.” -- Louise Brealey, actor & writer
  10. “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild
  11. “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
  12. “Women hold up half the sky.” — Chinese proverb
  13. “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin
  14. "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are." — Melissa Etheridge
  15. “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”--Mary Shelley
  16. “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
  17. "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”-- Margaret Thatcher
  18. “There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.” -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  19. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”-- Malala Yousafzai
  20. “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.” --Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  21. “I always say, women have brains and uteruses, and are able to use both."-- Karren Brady
  22. “Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement – good. It should be.”-- Ellen Page
  23. "As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."-- Virginia Woolf
  24. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."—Oprah Winfrey
  25. "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
  26. "I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself."—Emma Stone
  27. "If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days."—Robin Williams
  28. "Girl power is about loving yourself and having confidence and strength from within, so even if you're not wearing a sexy outfit, you feel sexy."—Nicole Scherzinger
  29. "You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman."—Tyra Banks
  30. "No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men."—Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  31. "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been."—William Golding
  32. "I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves."—Mary Shelley
  33. ‘We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.’—Beyoncé
  34. “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
  35. ‘A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.’--Eleanor Roosevelt
  36. ‘The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.’--Roseanne Barr
  37. ‘We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.’-- Gloria Steinem
  38. ‘For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.’--Virginia Woolf
  39. “One could find plenty of intelligent women in the world if one were willing to look.”  ― Christine de Pizan
  40. “Justice is not blind, and she wears stilettos.” ― Camryn King,
  41. "A good part - and definitely the most fun part - of being a feminist is about frightening men."-Julie Burchill, writer
  42.  “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”-- Sheryl Sandberg
  43. “The emerging woman ... will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied...strength and beauty must go together.”-- Louisa May Alcott
  44. ”Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amerlia Earhart
  45. ”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
  46. ”If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” – Anita Roddick
  47. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  48. ”Feminism is for everybody” – Bell Hooks
  49. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis
  50. “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
Women have always had something to say. This was true a thousand years ago and will be just as true a thousand years in the future. But there’s one difference between the past and now; our voices are being heard. You only need to skim any quote collection to see that women make up a mere fraction of the voices. Usually it’s the men who are domination (usually with 90% or more of the lists dedicated to their words). Even when the list is about women their voices are muted. No more we say! It’s time to listen to women. Women have insights to the human condition which are invaluable, especially the uniquely feminine experience. By their words of wisdom and witticism, women encourage other women to celebrate themselves and to transcend discrimination and stereotypes. We’re here to make sure 1000 years from now those quote lists are equal.

 

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