International Women’s Day | 20 Inspiring Quotes from 20 Influential Women

Happy International Women’s Day, Ladies!

We have come a long way from foot-binding traditions in China, not being able to vote up till the 1920 in America and even one of the more recent developments in history (June 2018) – Women being allowed to drive legally in Saudi Arabia. No doubt, the pursuit for women’s rights and empowerment all around the world is still an on-going process.

So, to commemorate today, here are 20 Inspiring Quotes from Influential Women from various fields 🙂


  • ‘We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.’ – Sheryl Sandberg; COO of Facebook
  • ‘At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business.’ – Susan Wojcicki; CEO of Youtube
  • ‘If you’re too focused, you’ll stop innovating. But if you’re too innovative, you’ll lose your focus and won’t get anything done.’ – Tan Hooi Ling; Co-founder and COO of Grab (South East Asia’s largest mobile tech company)

Social Activism

  • ‘Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.’ – Maya Angelou; Civil Rights Activist
  • ‘Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?’ – Frida Kahlo; Painter best known for self portraits addressing taboo subjects
  • ‘I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I’m changing the things I cannot accept.’ – Angela Davis; Civil Rights Activist


  • ‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’ – Jane Goodall; Ethologist best known for long term research on chimpanzees in Tanzania
  • ‘Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas’. – Marie Curie; Discovered radium and polonium and contributed to discovery of cancer treatments


  • ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’ – Eleanor Roosevelt; Former First Lady of United States
  • ‘You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious’ – Angela Merkel; Chancellor of Germany
  • ‘I want to be a good leader, not a good lady leader. I don’t want to be known simply as the woman who gave birth.’ – Jacinda Ardern; Prime Minister of New Zealand


  • ‘I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.’ – Serena Williams; World No.1 in Women’s Single Tennis
  • ‘I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it’ – Simone Biles; Most decorated American Gymnast
  • ‘The knowledge that everything good can be taken away at any second is what makes me work so hard.’ – Ronda Rousey; First UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion


  • ‘What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.’ – Miuccia Prada; Head designer of Prada & Founder of Miu Miu
  • ‘Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman.’ – Coco Chanel; Founder of Chanel
  • ‘I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s mind is not in my mind. I just do my thing.’ – Audrey Hepburn; Actress, Film & Fashion Icon


  • ‘To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.’ – Taylor Swift; Top Female artist with 129 hit singles on Billboard Hot 100
  • ‘I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.’ – Beyonce; Most nominated female artist in history of Grammy Awards
  • ‘You get in life what you have the courage to ask for’ – Oprah Winfrey; Media Mogul and American Talk Show Host

This list is no doubt far from exhaustive and there are so many amazing women everywhere. It’s just merely a drop in the ocean of memorable quotes that stood out to me.

Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂


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