Who are the women in your life? Are they mothers or sisters? Daughters or friends? What about the women who inspire you? Your teachers or your coaches, your boss or your co-workers, even actors or athletes you look up to?
In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate all of them today, this month, and always. Their ambition. Their strength. Their courage. Start with these 10 empowering quotes from women across all generations.
“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men. —Katherine Johnson, one of the first Black women to work as a NASA mathematician
“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard … We cannot succeed when half us us are held back.” —Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt, U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and former U.S. first lady
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claming it, she stands up for all women.” —Poet Maya Angelou
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice
“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are lives are loved, and nurtured by people around them.” —Michelle Obama, attorney, author and former U.S. first lady
“Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance in the world to pursue your dreams.” —Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, senator, presidential candidate and first lady
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” —Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” —Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott
“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” – Although best known for being the wife of famed civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King was a trailblazer in her own right in the fight for equality and ending injustice.