International Women's Day

Empowering feminist quotes to inspire you this International Women’s Day

Empowering feminist quotes to inspire you this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, observed on March 8 every year, is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day has been marked for more than a century and is also a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

To celebrate the feminist movement, we have compiled empowering quotes from some of the world’s most fearless, independent and inspiring women.

We hope these words of encouragement will rouse you, empower you, and encourage you to keep fighting the good fight.

10 quotes to inspire you this International Women’s Day


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“You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?…Your life belongs to you and you alone.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Half of a Yellow Sun.


“The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” – Mohadesa Najumi.


“Even if you find yourself standing alone, speak up. Even if people get mad at you, speak up. It’s not our job to stay silent so that others can stay comfortable. Use your voice to shape the world or others will shape it for us.” – Olivia Munn.


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“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga.


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


“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou.


“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” – Anna Wintour.


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“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” – Malala Yousafzai.


“Defined by no man, you are your own story, blazing through the world, turning history into herstory. And when they dare to tell you about all the things you cannot be, you smile and tell them: I am both war and woman and you cannot stop me.” – Nikita Gill.


“Power is not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé.

Sharon Green, editor

Sharon Green

Sharon Green is the founding editor of SHE DEFINED.

An experienced journalist and editor, Sharon has worked in mainstream media in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Forever in search of a publication that confronted the real issues faced by modern women, Sharon decided to create her own.