37 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women

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Some amazing words of wisdom from the powerful and great women that us completely proud to be women. We love to pin some of these quotes up ay home, around the office, and sometimes in public too, if we can get away with it, of course.


We hope that these wonderful quotes make you feel inspired and proud to be the better half of the species!

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“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
Hillary Clinton


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

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“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


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“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
G.D. Anderson

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

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“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

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“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That’s me.”
Maya Angelou

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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

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

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“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.
Rihanna

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

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“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
Michelle Obama

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

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“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

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

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“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going—let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.”
Hillary Clinton

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“Feminism is for everybody.”
Bell Hooks

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“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

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The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s 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

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“Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.”
Shonda Rhimes

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“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

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

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“Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I’m well aware of, but that’s just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history, empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.”
Hillary Clinton

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“Women must learn to play the game as men do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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“You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilizing thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.”
Meryl Streep

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“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.”
Janelle Monáe

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“No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.”
Kamala Harris

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“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

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“For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious—or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.
Naomi Wolf

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“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Sheryl Sandberg

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“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”
Hillary Clinton

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“I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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“Women’s freedom is the sign of social freedom.”
Rosa Luxemburg

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Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”
Helen Keller