In every corner of the world, it can be difficult for young women to realize their potential and find their niche. We are often encouraged to be quiet, polite, and sweet, rather than being encouraged to go out and work ruthlessly. Here are 11 quotes from girl bosses that prove women are capable of so much more than sitting still and looking pretty.

“I wear heels, and it’s not for a fashion statement – it’s ammunition.Nikki Haley

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.” – Susan B. Anthony

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

“I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.” – Jennie Finch

“A woman is like a tea bag, you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”Nancy Reagan

“You do not need some prince to slay your dragons. You need your own sword.”Kimberly Corban

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”Aibileen Clark, The Help

“People’s ideas and fears can make them small but they cannot make you small. People’s prejudices can diminish them but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth.”Carly Fiorina

Kitty P
Kitty is a journalism and political science student at Tennessee Tech University. She is a passionate advocate for the unborn and hopes to achieve a career within the pro-life movement. She is a part of multiple conservative organizations, such as Human Defense Initiative, Right Outlook, The College Fix, and PragerU. When she isn’t writing, she’s watching HGTV.