13 Inspiring Quotes by Girls & Women to Brighten Your Day

13 Inspiring Quotes from Girls and Women
in Honor of International Women’s Day

Sometimes we need a little extra something when we’re having a rough day. Other times, we’re on top of the world, and we want to celebrate. Regardless, we’ve got 13 empowering, powerful, and inspiring quotes from 13 amazing, badass, world changing women and girls! Which one is your favorite?

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

— Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist, student, Nobel prize winner

I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.

— Demi Lovato, singer, songwriter, advocate, philanthropist

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.

-–Janis Joplin, singer-songwriter

Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.

— Mae Jemison, engineer, physician, first black female astronaut

Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.

— Anne Frank, a German-born diarist of The Diary of a Young Girl

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.

— Mary Louise Alcott, Novelist and poet best known for writing Little Women 

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, sometimes called “The First Lady of Civil Rights”

It needs to be said and heard: it’s OK to be who you are.

Hailee Steinfeld, actress, singer

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist, author, speaker

We’re here for a reason. I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.

Whoopi Goldberg, actress, comedian, author

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

— Marie Curie, Polish chemist and first woman to win the Nobel prize

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter, poet, memoirist, Civil Rights activist

It [is] important to stand up for your rights, and regardless of who you are and where you come from, to hold your head up high with dignity and respect.

―  Hilda Solis, former Secretary of Labor, first Latina in the US Cabinet 

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